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    Posted: 24 November 2019 at 19:08
I just ran across a good price on military surplus Lake City .308 ammo. They have crimped primer pockets. 

I plan on saving the brass to reload. Have any of you swaged or reamed primer pockets on surplus brass? What tool did you use? Do you recommend it or something else?

Dillon makes a tool that looks pretty good but is expensive. RCBS makes a die that works in a press. 

Is it even worth doing?

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Just thoughts,
years ago I did some GI brass.  I used a pocket knife; with a little practice it worked.

Unless you are shooting a lot; Id avoid going GI.  The brass is made to operate in M60 machine guns and is thicker so you need to adjust your load data to account for less volume.  That means you can't mix the GI with commerical brass when reloading.

Hornady 308 cases sell new for about $20 per 50.  So for the cost of a primer tool you can get 50 virgin brass.  Once fired 308 commerical brass is usually is usually less than  $12 per 50 at gun shows.


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My case mouth chamfer tool has a pin that fits in my cordless drill and removes the crimp pretty well.  I've used it for LC and scrounged 45 cases.  I think it's an RCBS.

Good luck, 788

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Thanks guys. 

You guys got me to thinking. 

I looked at the place I but .45 ACP brass for the leagues and matches I have been shooting. They have 500 mixed headstamp once fired for $61.00. That's even polished. I don't think it would be worth it to try and save the Lake City brass. 

They have all Remington for $84.00. It's basically just ammo for blasting and an ocasional trip to a prairie dog town. 

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 never understood how one knows that it is "once fired".  5 firings and toss then into my polisher and they look like new; but the case necks are hardened and would need annealed.
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On our low volume calibers we mark the boxes with how many times the brass has been fired.
Things like my 6mm varmints and the boys 223, and even the 22/250.
No real way to tell you have 1000 on hand and just grab a box and shoot 200 or 300 at a time.
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I've always wondered that too Bear. I guess I would have to take their word for it. 

I never have kept track of how many times a case has been loaded. I just look at them before I load them again. 

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I figure, that brass is most likely range pickup; so who really knows.  Probably not even the guy selling it.
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I'm sure you're right Bear. 

The place I have been buying brass is Diamond K brass. Everything I have got from them so far has been as good or better than I expected. 

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