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Old April 2nd, 2017, 10:36 AM   #1
 
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Today whilst reloading.

I am an active Cowboy Action Shooter so reloading is almost mandatory due to the volume of ammo used to practice and use in the sport. Most matches consume 60 pistol and 60 rifle. Times 2 to 3 matches a month it adds up. That being said, I reload a lot.
Today was a rainy day in central Texas so..... guess I might as well reload some brass. Half way through my second pack of primers I heard and felt a strange scraping sound as I de primed another 45 LC case.
When I looked in the case I found a small rock similar to the gravel used on the pathway at the local gun range. Cleaning did not remove it. And I missed it when I placed it in the press. I didn't realize it but the pin on my de priming die had bent enough so that on the next case it missed the hole in the case snapping it off completely. Good thing I had spares on hand. This ever happen to you?



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Old April 3rd, 2017, 10:24 AM   #2
 
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When I get back from the range, I inspect each case, deprime, and sort (since I seldom shoot just one cartridge and pick up other cases when I can); so, NO, hasn't happened to me.
Wonder how a piece of gravel got lodged in the case/flash hole...
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Closest things that I've had happen were a 9mm case stuck inside a 44mag case. Felt the difference in resistance and stopped before breaking the pin. And once when I was first into reloading I somehow got a brass berdian primed mixed in with other .223 brass. That time I broke the pin.
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Johnhenry, Yes, after reloading millions of rounds for myself and others on my various pistol teams, and I also was involved in SASS for a number of years. It's just a nature of the beast, and is bound to happen. Especially when using a progressive press that kicks out 250-300 rounds and hour, when everything is just right. Believe me I have a good supply of parts always available.
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I've had a .22 case nested inside a 9mm. I immediately felt the abnormal resistance, but too late. The decapping pin went thru the .22, locking it hopelessly onto the pin. I literally had to take a Dremel with a cutting wheel and slice the .22 case lengthwise to bend it open and off the pin.
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It's always wise to keep a spare decapping pin in your goodie box. Although I have not needed one in several years, I did break a few prior. Despite your most careful procedures, there always seems to be a few cases that find their way into the reloading bucket without getting a proper inspection. Murphy's law ... those are the ones that give you grief.
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I'm generally pretty careful when cleaning up range brass, I have recycled over 2000 45s from the range.... BUT, even after washing, shaking, washing, shaking, and then into a Hornady Ultrasonic, rinsing, shaking etc, I still managed to find one lonely cartridge that had something blocking the flash hole. Bent the decapping pin over and jammed it so hard into the jam nut that I figured I would have to replace the die. Pulled the decapping rod out, vice gripped an old school clothes pin right close to the nut and carefully backed the nut off. Then the handy Dremel..... I bought a few extras but have never needed them. Added one more step and that is to stick a screwdriver into the case and make sure all the little rocks are out before I start the wash....
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I've tried to push a few pebbles out through the primer hole, and I've broken a de-priming pin. I had an older set of Lyman dies with a two-piece decapping pin. 10 extra tips were cheap and good insurance.
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Yes I have...............didn't know about the 'double primer hole' on 5.56 very early on and..................SNAP!
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