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The One, the Only Mighty Paragon
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Here is what I want to do:

I have been collecting brass. I have a bunch. I want to clean it in my ultrasonic, but I wanted to clean deprimed brass to get it cleaner. I will also dry it in the oven, so I think having the primer out will help with airflow.

My friend has a hand deprimer, but I doubt I can use it with my bad tendons. I was looking at a Lee turret press. Can I use that just to deprime the case? I am not ready to do anything more without the proper training and supervision.

I just thought to get a jump on things and have deprimed, clean brass ready to go.



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Absolutely. Just get a Lee inexpensive universal decap die and have at it!



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Just me but super cleaned washed brass is nice but carries drawbacks when loading .
tumbled brass is easy to reload with out the gaulding of bullets loaded into it
That burnt residue inside the case actually helps as a lube and lets the bullet be pressed into position without the resistance of a clean inside case.
I have tried the way you speak of,just not the way I am comfortable with.
 
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If that's what you want to do, then the universal decamping die is the way to go. I've got one setup on a Dillon die platform that I slip into my 550 and it works great.

I would tend to agree that the steel media might get the brass too clean. Having some of that left over crude can be a good thing. In fact, I've heard a few long range precision shooters claim it screws with their accuracy. I'm not sure because I'm not that picky. Basically the shiny brass thing seems to be an OCD fetish type thing to me.


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Just depends on what the final goal is. Bulk practice ammo gets fired, media tumbled to clean, then right to the progressive hopper to reload. If it's going to be a max end magnum load or if it's rifle brass it gets deprimed, then prepped to the level needed. If she's putting away for a rainy day, it might be a bit of overkill, but how is it that much different than unfired new at that point?



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The One, the Only Mighty Paragon
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I'm just getting started with this stuff. My goal was just to prepare some brass to learn to reload. Certainly don't think I'll be making my own carry ammo or making bunches of it to put away somewhere.



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I use a Lee turret press for all my rifle reloading. I like it fine. It takes no effort to decap on it with a decapping die. I especially the quick caliber changes.

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I use my Lee to deprime, then clean with stainless pins, and finally load with my Dillon
 
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Originally posted by entropy:
Absolutely. Just get a Lee inexpensive universal decap die and have at it!


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Yes, decap it in the turret press.

I am another who doesn't think sparkly clean brass offers any improvement over clean-ish brass. I tumble it every few reloadings in shell media and have found that to be clean enough. I don't know if making it cleaner would cause accuracy problems, but what 45 Cal says about the bit of carbon inside acting as a lube is true.

I don't like the idea of liquid cleaners. I don't want water sitting in the brass. I'd be a little nervous about heat drying it, although if you kept it under 200 farenheit, it shouldn't be a problem. I might also worry about any residues, although I concede that is just a worry without any evidence that there could be a problem.




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Between the two Lee turret presses, I highly recommend going with the Classic over the Value one. It makes a huge difference as to how it handles the spent primer and the primer dust.

The Lee Universal Decapping die is the way to go. Can't really go wrong for $13




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Originally posted by 9mmepiphany:
Between the two Lee turret presses, I highly recommend going with the Classic over the Value one. It makes a huge difference as to how it handles the spent primer and the primer dust.

The Lee Universal Decapping die is the way to go. Can't really go wrong for $13


This is good advice. I have loaded thousands of rounds on my Lee Classic Turret. It's worth the money over their value line. It's not the best press out there, but it may be the best value. It's well constructed, and easy to set up and use. I also like how it allows me to keep the methodical batch-type process of a single-stage without having to reset my dies every time I change steps or calibers.
 
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Along with that fabulous Lee decapping die, you might as well order up a spare punch. They're something like $2-$3. You may not need it since the punch is built like a tank, but for the price, a spare is nice to have.



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