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Extra tools for rifle reloading?

Discussion in 'Reloading' started by Agent6-3/8, Sep 22, 2011.

  1. I've been reloading for 10 years now, but my experience is limited to pistol and 12ga shotgun ammunition. Its long past time I finally start loading for my AR and Mausers. Obviously, I've got the basic stuff, but what specialty tools do I need to start cranking out rifle ammo? I'm thinking mainly along the line of case trimming, etc.
  2. PCJim

    PCJim Senior Member

    Aug 4, 2008
    The extra steps involved with reloading bottlenecked cases are primarily trimming, chamfering and deburring. You'll obviously need tools for these operations as well as a lube so that your cases do not sieze inside your resizing die. If shooting military calibers, you will most likely also need a primer pocket swager or reamer.

  3. ColoCG


    Mar 18, 2011

    I agree, I think PCJim covered all the extra tools you will need assuming you already have a set of good calipers to measure case length and oal. Which you should.
  4. sourdough44


    Jul 23, 2007
    I have a tool used to measure at what COL the bullet in question will touch the lands of the rifling. It's just a rod with 2 lockable collars, other options are available. There are several ways to look for a good COL, this can become rather handy. It's more precise than just going with book numbers & or less accurate measures.
  5. Well, I just dropped a big chunk of money I really didn't need to on the extra goodies and components need to start loading for my AR or 8mm Mausers. Should make for lots o' fun and noise, however! :supergrin:

    Thanks for the info guys! :wavey:
  6. EOD3


    Oct 19, 2000
    If you're shooting surplus ammunition in either caliber (but mostly the 8MM), you may run into Berdan primed cases. Berdan primers don't have a centered flash-hole so if you try to size/de-prime one of the cases, you WILL break the de-primer pin in your sizing die.

    Look inside the case. The Berdan cases typically have 2 offset flash-holes...
  7. Yup, I've long discard my Berdan primed cases. I order a couple hundred Privi Partizan cases to get me started. I've got 200 once fired boxer primed cases from the 80's, but some of them don't want to decap at all. (broke a decap pin trying...) Can't quite figure that one out...but I think I'll trash them just for good measure.
  8. PCJim

    PCJim Senior Member

    Aug 4, 2008
    One thing I really like about Lee dies - the depriming mandrel is held in place by a collet. If you run it into a berdan case or an obstruction in the case, the mandrel will slide up in the collet and save the pin. It is a simple matter of loosening the collet nut, sliding the mandrel back down and retightening the collet nut.