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I just received and I’ve starting cleaning 100 pieces of .223 and 5.56 brass. I have not taken a count, but many seem to have crimped primers. I will be better able to make this call after they are cleaned. Some of the cases have .223 stamped, but many others have markings that I am not familiar with. So far, I have not seen 5.56 stamped in any of them. I have not yet gone through them all.

How do I identify brass that are not labeled with .223 markings?
It is an assumption that if it is not marked .223, it is by default 5.56?
Are there any online resources that can help?

I‘ve looked through my reloading manuals, and there is nothing there that helps. This will be my first rifle reloading. I am starting with learning how to identify the brass.
 

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This page will help identify the manufacturer:

http://cartridgecollectors.org/?page=headstampcodes

...but I'm not sure that's what you're asking. Ultimately, it's going through your die, so they'll all be the same externally. The only difference will be internal volume. That's why you separate by headstamp (you can use mixed brass, just don't push max).

If it's got the NATO circle cross:



You know it was 5.56mm and it's a good bet the primer pocket will need to be swaged or reamed out.
You guessed right. I want to know what the codes mean. And yes, I did see some cases with the crosshair symbols.
 

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Yeah, I am making that assumption. What do you use to remove the crimp?

First a point of clarification, the crimp is not a ring that is pressed into the pocket, right? It is a deformation of the brass around the pocket, right?
 

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Has anyong used this device?:

[ame="http://www.amazon.com/RCBS-Primer-Pocket-Swager-Combo-2/dp/B0063IDAX2/ref=sr_1_1?ie=UTF8&qid=1387389852&sr=8-1&keywords=reloading+swager"]Amazon.com: RCBS Primer Pocket Swager Combo-2: Sports & [email protected]@[email protected]@http://ecx.images-amazon.com/images/I/[email protected]@[email protected]@31IPX8ycfRL[/ame]

I think I would prefer something that I could install to my press, like this item seems to work.

Any comments on the functioning of this item? Sadly, it looks like this requires a single or turret press in order to use this tool. So maybe I cannot use it after all. I have a Lee Loadmaster.
 

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I am looking for an effective way to ease into reloading rifle brass with military crimps. I cannot (least right away) spend $70 to $100+ on a bench swaging tool. I am not sure I will be processing that much rifle brass. I cannot use one of those tools that installs on a single stage press; because I don't have a single stage press. I have a Lee Loadmaster progressive press.

I am looking for suggestions that eliminate the two choices listed above. At least for now. For now, I have 100 cases I need to process. For now, I may be processing 100 to 200 cases per month.

I am looking for other options. Are there any good options? Meaning option that have worked for you. Options that don’t require spending unreasonable sums of money for the small numbers I am currently looking towards. Options you have had favorable experience with.

I’ve been looking on YouTube and people are using counter sync bits on drills, hand reaming tools intended cleaning primer pockets, where others are pocket knives (Yeah! Not trying that one).

I have no experience with processing military brass. I’ve been reloading nothing but handgun brass for the last three years. I need some help easing into rifle reloading.

BTY, I will be using my rifle brass with an AR15. The brass I need to process is a 50/50 mix of .223 and 5.56. Nearly all of it seems to have crimped primers.
 

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A much less expensive alternative to the RCBS or Dillon swage tools is a Hornady primer pocket reamer. I used one chucked into a variable speed drill for a long while before buying the Super Swage. By design, it will not remove more material than necessary as it will bottom out in the pocket before reaming an excessive amount of material.


http://www.midwayusa.com/product/253550/hornady-primer-pocket-reamer-cutter-head-small
OK, So I add the universal handels with matching threads and I shuld be good to go?
 

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Simple, cheap and quick.

Just chuck this in a battery powered drill.

http://www.midwayusa.com/product/253550/hornady-primer-pocket-reamer-cutter-head-small
Great, I'll stop at Cabela's and pick one up. I want to get started processing some brass (Starting with the primer crimps) over the weekend.

These cutter heads with the threads are designed for those motorized case processing stations. I've watched several YouTube videos of guys using these. They look like a fast and easy way to process large amounts of brass. Unfortunately, those devices are pricy.

I’ve seen three variations on the motorized processing stations. The large ones had multiple cutters (4 or more) all setting vertical. The simplest one had three stations. The device sat with the cutters horizontal to the tabletop.

Has anyone used any one of the motorized processing stations?
 

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I have the Hornady trimmer/work station. Yes it is expensive, but I can do everything to one piece of brass at one place, saves time. I still swage the pockets for now, waiting for a Hornady reamer. The Lyman one fits but seems to need more force to work well.
Fred,
How much rifle brass do you process at one time and do you use the case prep station with your handgun brass?

Until I get a good idea on how often I will get to a rifle range (The best rifle range (Kingsbury Indiana Shooting Range) is 1.5 hour drive from me), I'm doing with the hand prep solution for now. However, I am keeping on eye out for the motorized solution.

I may be getting a Cabela's gift card or two for Christmas. So, who knows?
 
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