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Old December 7th, 2016, 06:11 PM   #1
 
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Easing brass processing

Because I load for not just me but the family I fully process ALL rifle brass ...size/deprime ..trim ..remove GI primer crimp ..clean primer pocket ..bevel case neck in and out ..brush/dry lube case mouth

Enter my lovely wife who last year for Christmas gave me an RCBS powered brass prep station

Wow it's awesome ....so great when I process so many calibers by the thousands

I can go fast runn'in brass ...til the joints and muscles in my hand give out

If any of you Pards have encountered the same hand cramping ..just buy a pair of NON-MARRING pliers (found mine on ebay but I bet Harbor Freight and others have them) ...about $6

Presto ..you can sit there all day long grinding and brushing brass and never miss a beat ...what used to take a week(waiting for hands to heal) in processing 1000 brass is now done in one sit

Merry CHRISTmas ALL

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Pictures of prep center and pliers!!!
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I haven't taken the plunge yet, but it is only a matter of time before I have to buy one, as my hands can't take the Lee hand trimmers much longer. Getting too dang old, I have used those for 30 years now.
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Close up of pliers with brand and Part #

Pliers full view

On the lower deck at 10 oclock start w/military de-crimp then 12 oclock is small primer pocket brush OR at 2 oclock is the large primer pocket brush then to 5 oclock inside chamfer and 7 oclock outside chamfer



this rig turns a very low RPM's but just a touch on the decrimp,quick 360 degree wobble on the pocket brush, flip the wrist to touch and go on both the inside n out chamfers ...then top deck is NOT powered ..just case neck brushes with wells for dry lube

the pliers DO NOT MARK the brass and the amount of clamp pressure to keep the brass from spinning at the two chamfer stations does not dent brass ....but to make my grasp even more relaxed at the two highest torque positions (chamfer) I got the habit of just placing my off hand finger on the case head

rebuilt shoulders and autheritic hands ..still I can do the 5 complete prep steps 6 brass per 60 seconds loafing

It used to take me a week of nights with a lap full of brass doing a 1000 brass all by hand ...enter the RCBS prep station and that time fell to ... off and on a a couple of days but had to wait for my hands to stop the pain ...enter the non marring pliers ...3 hours to do 1000 brass [assuming my attention span lasts that long ha ha! ]

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Been using my RCBS case prep station for 15 years. Absolutely love it. The pliers are a great idea.
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Lyman makes a very nice case prep center for around $100 on sale.
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I've had an RCBS Prep Center for more than 20 years, but didn't know they made a primer pocket reamer like that for it. Mine just has the short stiff wire primer pocket cleaning brush at that station. I've got to look into getting one of those for mine. An the plastic pliers are new to me too. Thanks for the heads-up!
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Another idea on speeding up rifle case prepping. After sizing rifle cases and de-priming, I found a easy quick way to get rid of the case lubricant. I purchased a gallon of denatured alcohol from the local hardware for about 7 bucks. Put the sized cases into a clear plastic wide mouth container and pour in enough alcohol to cover the brass cases. screw on the lid and slosh the contents for about 20-30 seconds.
Using a plastic funnel pour off the alcohol into a empty container that has a lid and spill the brass cases onto a old towel to dry which takes very little time.
By keeping the used alcohol, I can use it again several times and a gallon of alcohol will last for cleaning a large amount of brass cases. Also helps to clean out the carbon in the primer pocket.
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Another idea on speeding up rifle case prepping. After sizing rifle cases and de-priming, I found a easy quick way to get rid of the case lubricant. I purchased a gallon of denatured alcohol from the local hardware for about 7 bucks. Put the sized cases into a clear plastic wide mouth container and pour in enough alcohol to cover the brass cases. screw on the lid and slosh the contents for about 20-30 seconds.
Using a plastic funnel pour off the alcohol into a empty container that has a lid and spill the brass cases onto a old towel to dry which takes very little time.
By keeping the used alcohol, I can use it again several times and a gallon of alcohol will last for cleaning a large amount of brass cases. Also helps to clean out the carbon in the primer pocket.
Good idea ...throwing them in a rag and had agitating them to clean them

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Got to get a set of those.
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Harbor Freight for the pliers...gotcha...and many thanks...lot's of uses for them. Rod
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I to ran into the same thing, hands just couldn't do it anymore, went with the Lyman but I do like the pliers, I'll be looking for a set. Thanks
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