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Poll- do you clean primer pockets?

Discussion in 'Reloading' started by UltimateReloader, Oct 20, 2011.

  1. njl

    njl

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    Depends on what you mean by clean. Since rifle brass gets lubed before decapping/sizing, and then tumbled again (to remove the lube), the pockets might get cleaned a little...but I don't do any specific pocket cleaning.

    In fact, I'm considering removing the decapping pin from my rifle sizing dies (I have a universal decapper in my loading tool head) so I don't have to worry about the possibility of tumbling media getting stuck in the pockets. Anyone do that? If the primers are properly seated, they shouldn't interfere with trimming on a trimmer that trims based on brass OAL, should they?
     
  2. fredj338

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    Like most, rifle rounds yes, handgun rounds no.
     

  3. Hogpauls

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  4. nastytrigger

    nastytrigger Mediocre Member

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    I'm loading 200 rounds every two weeks. 100 9mm's. 100 .45ACP's. I'm still new to reloading, but I do clean all primer pockets. Sometimes, I get a lot of residue out, so I think it's worth.
     
  5. GioaJack

    GioaJack Conifer Jack

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    The butler absolutely refuses to clean pistol primer pockets, says it's a waste of time since the man who can hold steady enough to to tell the difference isn't born yet and his mother is dead... my butler is an uppity bastard. :fist:


    Jack
     
  6. Zombie Steve

    Zombie Steve Decap Pin Killa

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    He might be more understanding if you made him tumble the brass first. Your butler hasn't seen the gold color of brass for what... 30 years?
     
  7. IndyGunFreak

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  8. Tpro

    Tpro On the mark

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    Absolutely. But with the SS media system it does all the work for me:supergrin:
     
  9. creophus

    creophus Born Again

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  10. Boxerglocker

    Boxerglocker Jacks #1 Fan

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    .223 55g plinking and TAC rifle match loads no, heavier 62g and above for precision yes... uniform them as well.
    Pistol never.
     
  11. Dogue

    Dogue Trouble Maker

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    Pistol - No
    Rifle - Rarely
     
  12. MtnBiker

    MtnBiker NRA Member Millennium Member

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  13. norton

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    Ditto.
     
  14. PrecisionRifleman

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    Same here
     
  15. argy1182

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    I just do pistol and never clean the primer pocket. Haven't had an issue thus far.
     
  16. marvin

    marvin sci-fi nut

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    pistol-no

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    when i started loading rifle the guy showing me said you had to for best accuracy, i said prove it. so we went to the range and shoot groups with both and couldn't tell the difference with his .308 or my .223

    maybe a benchrest shooter needs to clean primer pockets, but not for me.
     
  17. LASTRESORT20

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  18. ursoboostd

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    Only for the bolt action rifle ammo. -Wade-
     
  19. Giddyupgo55

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    Not very often. I will look at them and clean as needed.
     
  20. shotgunred

    shotgunred local trouble maker

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    What is a primer pocket?

    I guess that makes me a NO!