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T*kka223 said: Today I went about loading some ammo and was using some once fired (was factory ammo) Federal .223 Rem brass. I noticed that the CCi BR-4 primers that I normally use were a super tight fit. I used force and noticed that the primer was clearly deformed and so was the case from the shell holder. In short, the BR-4s don't fit. I looked a little closer and noticed that the primer pockets of the Federal brass seems a little more build up than the Hornady brass I normally use. Am I going to need some sort of tool to drill out the primer pockets or can I buy primers that will fit?
F*rlsincharge said: Are you using military brass that had crimped primers?
Cy*N1de said: Try a chamfer tool on a couple of pockets before seating primers and see if they go in properly. I am guessing you have crimped primer pockets and has nothing to do with the primers you are using.
T*kka223 said: I don't believe so, it's typical Federal blue-box brass. Originally it was Federal 55gr. FMJ brass. The photos of the crimped primers that I've seen look like there's a little jagged piece of brass that protrudes over the primer, it looks like the bottom of the case has been stamped. There are no such marks on my cases. I'll try to put up some photos.
T*kka223 said: I should add, before I end up looking like an idiot, that I am new to reloading and I've never come across crimped cases before. Here is a picture of the original fired case, deprimed case, and a primed Hornady case: http://i1223.photobucket.com/albums/dd520/retep_hcal/photo-4.jpg
F*rlsincharge said: That brass had primers that were crimped and sealed (blue and red laquer). How many brass are you going to be processing? I only ask as there are many ways to get rid of the crimp.
rnbr*-shooter said: I should add, before I end up looking like an idiot, that I am new to reloading and I've never come across crimped cases before. Here is a picture of the original fired case, deprimed case, and a primed Hornady case: Those two Federals look crimped (see the ring that goes all around the primer pocket). You can get various special tools to remove primer crimps. You can also use a chamfering cutter that you'd use to clean up the inside of a case mouth. There are also swaging tools that'll remove the crimp (next time you visit I can show you mine). The idea is to remove the "burrr or "ridge" formed by the crimp, so the primer can enter the pocket without catching.
th*baron said: Yes, those are definitely crimped. Use a RCBS primer pocket swager die or a Dillon swager. It's a bit tedious if you are doing lots though but you never have to do it again. I just processed 1000 Lake City brass through my RCBS die, it was quite the process.
T*kka223 said: Thanks folks! Daniel I'll likely take you up on that offer. In the meantime I've got some Hornady brass that I can use. It would be nice to save the Federal stuff, I have about 150 cases. They all have that blue and red laquer stuff on the bottom.
G*nderite said: Your local hardware store will sell you a counter sink tool for about $6.00 Buy the 3/8 size. Install on your electril drill and clamp the dripp in your vice. Touch each decapped primer pocket to the tool. It will ream the edge off and brass will prime easily.