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Bishop3  [Member]
12/26/2012 1:41:02 PM EST
I have been using the Dillon Super Swager since I've been loading for the ARs. I've have had to adjust the tool from LC brass when I need to swage Winchester.
I'm bulk loading and have thought to switch to reaming the pocket that it might make the process faster. I realize swaging does not remove the metal, but would reaming risk having loose primer pockets?

Which method do you prefer and why?
Your comments are appreciated.
Bishop3
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Timco  [Team Member]
12/26/2012 2:21:56 PM EST
Originally Posted By Bishop3:
I have been using the Dillon Super Swager since I've been loading for the ARs. I've have had to adjust the tool from LC brass when I need to swage Winchester.
I'm bulk loading and have thought to switch to reaming the pocket that it might make the process faster. I realize swaging does not remove the metal, but would reaming risk having loose primer pockets?

Which method do you prefer and why?
Your comments are appreciated.
Bishop3


I ream. Just don't send much time. Cordless drill, one straight pass, done.
StraightSix  [Team Member]
12/26/2012 4:22:17 PM EST
Originally Posted By Timco:
Originally Posted By Bishop3:
I have been using the Dillon Super Swager since I've been loading for the ARs. I've have had to adjust the tool from LC brass when I need to swage Winchester.
I'm bulk loading and have thought to switch to reaming the pocket that it might make the process faster. I realize swaging does not remove the metal, but would reaming risk having loose primer pockets?

Which method do you prefer and why?
Your comments are appreciated.
Bishop3


I ream. Just don't send much time. Cordless drill, one straight pass, done.


Same here, works great.
AeroE  [Moderator]
12/26/2012 4:39:32 PM EST
The Wilson crimp reamer burnishes the side of the primer pocket opening it slightly. I don't care much for the tool due to that side effect and very seldom use mine.

dryflash3  [Moderator]
12/26/2012 6:01:02 PM EST

The Hornady PP crimp reamer has a positive stop and doesn't enlarge the PP.

And can be chucked in a drill. Back drill has a PP uniformer.


Case on the right was done with a Hornady PP crimp reamer.

eta, forget the link.

http://www.midwayusa.com/product/501588/hornady-primer-pocket-reamer-tool-small
silentrebellion  [Member]
12/26/2012 6:07:45 PM EST
Doesn't the Hornady Primer Pocket Reamer have a threaded backend? Does putting that in the drill ruin it? Do you have any problems with the drill not holding it tight enough?
utiadam  [Member]
12/26/2012 6:42:24 PM EST
Originally Posted By silentrebellion:
Doesn't the Hornady Primer Pocket Reamer have a threaded backend? Does putting that in the drill ruin it? Do you have any problems with the drill not holding it tight enough?


I bought the Hornady primer pocket reamer from midwayusa and on the bottom or on the side of the page it had a link to the drill bit attachment so I got that as well. I did a few too much with it at first but now I got the hang of it. You just have to go in as straight as possible and you will be good to go.

Edit:
Primer pocket reamer:
http://www.midwayusa.com/product/253550/hornady-primer-pocket-reamer-cutter-head-small
drill bit attachment:
http://www.midwayusa.com/product/314848/redding-primer-pocket-uniformer-tool-power-adapter
dryflash3  [Moderator]
12/26/2012 7:33:36 PM EST

Originally Posted By silentrebellion:
Doesn't the Hornady Primer Pocket Reamer have a threaded backend? Does putting that in the drill ruin it? Do you have any problems with the drill not holding it tight enough?
http://www.midwayusa.com/product/314848/redding-primer-pocket-uniformer-tool-power-adapter

Look at the pic again, I use this adapter.

http://www.midwayusa.com/product/253550/hornady-primer-pocket-reamer-cutter-head-small

With the Hornady reamer.


Bishop3  [Member]
12/27/2012 2:37:40 PM EST
Originally Posted By dryflash3:

Originally Posted By silentrebellion:
Doesn't the Hornady Primer Pocket Reamer have a threaded backend? Does putting that in the drill ruin it? Do you have any problems with the drill not holding it tight enough?
http://www.midwayusa.com/product/314848/redding-primer-pocket-uniformer-tool-power-adapter

Look at the pic again, I use this adapter.

http://www.midwayusa.com/product/253550/hornady-primer-pocket-reamer-cutter-head-small

With the Hornady reamer.




What PP uniformer tool & adapter?
I'm going to order both uniformer and reamer w/ adapters tonight.
Thanks
Bishop3
dryflash3  [Moderator]
12/27/2012 5:41:15 PM EST

Originally Posted By Bishop3:
Originally Posted By dryflash3:

Originally Posted By silentrebellion:
Doesn't the Hornady Primer Pocket Reamer have a threaded backend? Does putting that in the drill ruin it? Do you have any problems with the drill not holding it tight enough?
http://www.midwayusa.com/product/314848/redding-primer-pocket-uniformer-tool-power-adapter

Look at the pic again, I use this adapter.

http://www.midwayusa.com/product/253550/hornady-primer-pocket-reamer-cutter-head-small

With the Hornady reamer.




What PP uniformer tool & adapter?
I'm going to order both uniformer and reamer w/ adapters tonight.
Thanks
Bishop3

Same adapter as the reamer.

I use a RCBS uniformer that came with my Trim Mate.

http://www.midwayusa.com/product/400021/rcbs-trim-mate-case-prep-center-carbide-primer-pocket-uniformer-small
JerzeyTransplant  [Team Member]
12/27/2012 5:47:21 PM EST

Originally Posted By silentrebellion:
Doesn't the Hornady Primer Pocket Reamer have a threaded backend? Does putting that in the drill ruin it? Do you have any problems with the drill not holding it tight enough?

I put mine in the drill all the time without the adapter and it hasn't damaged the threads at all. If you're worried you can wrap it in electrical tape before you chuck it in the drill.
Bishop3  [Member]
12/27/2012 5:58:46 PM EST
Originally Posted By dryflash3:

Originally Posted By Bishop3:
Originally Posted By dryflash3:

Originally Posted By silentrebellion:
Doesn't the Hornady Primer Pocket Reamer have a threaded backend? Does putting that in the drill ruin it? Do you have any problems with the drill not holding it tight enough?
http://www.midwayusa.com/product/314848/redding-primer-pocket-uniformer-tool-power-adapter

Look at the pic again, I use this adapter.


With the Hornady reamer.




What PP uniformer tool & adapter?
I'm going to order both uniformer and reamer w/ adapters tonight.
Thanks
Bishop3

Same adapter as the reamer.

I use a RCBS uniformer that came with my Trim Mate.

http://www.midwayusa.com/product/400021/rcbs-trim-mate-case-prep-center-carbide-primer-pocket-uniformer-small


Thanks for the info dryflash3
midwestoffroad  [Team Member]
12/27/2012 6:33:56 PM EST
same here i just chuck it up in the drill even done so ont he head of it. i prefer it to swaging it creates a nice taper to help guide the primer. and visual notification the pocket has been decrimped. i also have used it in my drill press and a hand drill mounted to the bench i can do 30-40 pockets a minute.
Bishop3  [Member]
1/15/2013 5:39:17 PM EST
Good. Thanks.
Smokey99  [Team Member]
1/16/2013 2:17:10 AM EST
RCBS swager, followed by light deburring tool pass. Then turn case around and deburr neck ID & OD (after trimming to length)
angus6  [Team Member]
1/16/2013 4:06:06 AM EST
Originally Posted By silentrebellion:
Doesn't the Hornady Primer Pocket Reamer have a threaded backend? Does putting that in the drill ruin it? Do you have any problems with the drill not holding it tight enough?


Grab a .60¢ coupler nut from the hardware store
AJ3156  [Member]
1/16/2013 4:26:51 AM EST
Originally Posted By angus6:
Originally Posted By silentrebellion:
Doesn't the Hornady Primer Pocket Reamer have a threaded backend? Does putting that in the drill ruin it? Do you have any problems with the drill not holding it tight enough?


Grab a .60¢ coupler nut from the hardware store



Do you know what thread size by chance? I have one coming from Midway today with the handle.
COSteve  [Team Member]
1/16/2013 4:50:39 AM EST
While the Hornady reamer does work well, I found it sometimes works too well. Because you are holding the case in one hand against a spinning cutter, it's virtually certain that you're not holding it perfectly still and/or perfectly square. I found it easy to just slightly 'oval' the primer pocket and/or slightly over ream it so now I only use it by hand on those occasional times I need to remove a crimp on a piece of brass I missed. In short, the Dillon swager is faster, more accurate, more consistent, and does a better job.
Motor1  [Team Member]
1/16/2013 6:42:01 AM EST
RCBS swager, followed by light deburring tool pass. I must admit dryflash's cases look nice though.
abpt1  [Team Member]
1/16/2013 6:46:42 AM EST

Originally Posted By COSteve:
While the Hornady reamer does work well, I found it sometimes works too well. Because you are holding the case in one hand against a spinning cutter, it's virtually certain that you're not holding it perfectly still and/or perfectly square. I found it easy to just slightly 'oval' the primer pocket and/or slightly over ream it so now I only use it by hand on those occasional times I need to remove a crimp on a piece of brass I missed. In short, the Dillon swager is faster, more accurate, more consistent, and does a better job.

I have tried both, I stick with the Dillon. I have the RCBS swager also but do your self a favor and watch this video

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=LaZHeSUqQbk



My biggest problem with reaming is the mess....
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