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kato4moto
07-05-2012, 5:28 PM
Okay, starting to get my reloading space set up and have a question about cleaning primer pockets after decapping. Is it better to use one of the stiff wire brush-type tools or one of those metal ones that seem kind of like a reaming tool?

5.56Geo
07-05-2012, 5:41 PM
I have used both but prefer the little cup brush style of cleaner.;)

ditchdigger
07-05-2012, 5:50 PM
I use a primer pocket uniformer and then tumble.

joelogic
07-05-2012, 6:42 PM
Cleaning the primer pocket is unnecessary.

iano1
07-05-2012, 7:25 PM
Cleaning the primer pocket is unnecessary.

I don't clean primer pockets either...

XDRoX
07-05-2012, 7:25 PM
Cleaning the primer pocket is unnecessary.

Winner, winner!

Unless you're sniping a high powered figure from an unruly country, cleaning primer pockets is for the birds.

DJ Skillz
07-05-2012, 7:36 PM
I just decap before tumbling. It doesn't get them super clean, but it'll take care of any thick crud if there is any.

wtkaiser
07-05-2012, 7:37 PM
I know, logically, that cleaning primer pockets is unnecessary. I know that! But some small part of me does it anyway, and I would be acutely uncomfortable not to doing it. It was good enough for Mr. Keith, so it's good enough for me. Even though I know it's unnecessary.

PatrickHenry
07-05-2012, 7:44 PM
I just decap before tumbling. It doesn't get them super clean, but it'll take care of any thick crud if there is any.

+1 All that is needed.

Quinc
07-05-2012, 7:50 PM
Tumble with stainless steel media and the primer pocket will come out spotless. :)

SID45
07-05-2012, 8:26 PM
I do it for long term storage ammo.

mjmagee67
07-05-2012, 9:40 PM
Primer pocket cleaning?? I could be shooting instead of cleaning. I stopped cleaning pockets on all my pistol and most of my rifle rounds. I still brush 30-06 pockets, but I only reload 50 or so every few months.

CalTeacher
07-05-2012, 9:51 PM
Never have, never will clean primer pockets. Might as well polish your bullets while you're at it.

9mmrevolver
07-05-2012, 9:59 PM
I generally lick them clean. Seriously though I don't. If it goes bang then it's good.

five.five-six
07-05-2012, 10:00 PM
Cleaning the primer pocket is unnecessary.

That's debatable with precision rifle cartridges.

joelogic
07-05-2012, 10:25 PM
What's the debate? I will clean my primer pockets the day I trim the meplat and check jacket thickness. :D

9mmrevolver
07-05-2012, 10:29 PM
Meplat? Is that a new cereal?

Kappy
07-05-2012, 10:52 PM
I don't know if it makes a difference... but it only takes a second to clean the pockets. I use the end of an RCBS pocket cleaner. I put it in the tip of my drill and cinch it down. I use my drill for pretty much everything.

ocabj
07-06-2012, 6:30 AM
http://www.sinclairintl.com/.aspx/pid=32935/Product/Dewey-Crocogator-Primer-Pocket-Cleaner

Dutch Henry
07-06-2012, 10:06 AM
After polishing the cases, I push the tip of a small flat jeweler's screwdriver into the flashole of each case to clear any media and carbon debris that may be present. A quick, circular motion around the bottom of the primer pocket removes any residue that might prevent a primer from seating fully.

Jeweler's screwdriver sets are cheap, the tips are hardened and they work well for me.

Not the only way, just another way.

GeoffLinder
07-06-2012, 10:21 AM
Clean primer pockets don't make a rats azz difference in 99% of the reloading you will ever do. Even for precision rifle loading you will get a lot more downrange result by doing things like flash hole uniforming, trimming, neck shaving and other brass prep steps than you will by cleaning the primer pockets.

5.56Geo
07-06-2012, 10:58 AM
It's all about full service my friends! You should always clean the primer pockets. When you take a shower do you wash your feet?:p

COME ON GUYS LETS NOT GET SLOPPY! :D

morrow
07-06-2012, 12:09 PM
Primer pocket cleaning is a waste of time, it's been proven over and over.

dbbspider
07-06-2012, 12:12 PM
I deprime (rifle brass) before I tumble. I tumble in SS media so it comes out clean. When I use to tumble in walnut media, it would clean some but not all of the crud in the primer pockets. I do not necessarily clean pistol brass primer pockets.

M27
07-07-2012, 5:03 PM
Stainless media. Cleans it all.

xrMike
07-07-2012, 7:12 PM
Not necessary to produce sub MOA rifle rounds. If you are a benchrest shooter or just have OCD, then yeah.

skyscraper
07-07-2012, 10:09 PM
Primer pocket cleaning is a waste of time, it's been proven over and over.

+1 to that.