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Old 02-01-2014, 12:18 PM
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Default Wet tumble without depriming, thoughts?

I currently deprime with a Harvey Deprimer while sorting my range pickups and then wet tumble, but I've been running into some situations where I have little to no sorting to do. My time spent at my bench is limited and I've been wondering if it would be easier to throw the brass straight in the wet tumbler, leave em out to dry for a day or two then through em in the progressive and demprime and load all at once. I know the pockets won't get clean, but these are just plinking rounds and I'm not too concerned. Are they gonna take weeks to dry cause there's no air flow through the flash hole, or anything else I'm missing here? Just busy with family and have to steal my time away to my bench in short spurts.


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Old 02-01-2014, 1:45 PM
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Sort by head stamp/dates, deprime, wet tumble, dry.

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After the wet tumble the cases are rolled in a large beach towel to get most of the water. They then get the hair drier treatment for 5 minutes and are then completely dry.

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We wet tumble straight from the range (primers still in), then go through the progressive to prep the case (no loading), then back into the tumbler to clean the lube off, and then load.

I have a floor fan that I aim at the wet brass (still with old primers) laid out on a towel, and it's dry in 30 minutes.
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i wet tumble to get the major crap out, lube, resize, then back in the tumbler for a last clean, then in the oven @ 175 F for an hour to dry.
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Let it dry for a little over a day. Should be gtg. I don't decap for my pistol loads.
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I run my dirty brass through the progressive with a Lee Universal Decapper. Uber fast and efficient.
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I wet tumble then deprime then re tumble. I notice the pull is a lot easier on my press and bench doing it this way.
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Wet tumbling with the primers still in seems to defeat the point. I thought wet tumbling was to get the primer pockets all clean and shinny. Why not just switch to corncob or walnut media?
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I de-prime them first, my least favorite thing is cleaning out primer pockets. I plant my self in front of the TV with my Harvey tool, with the appropriate cartridge guide on it and knock 'em out. The guide makes it a lot easier to get the pin in the flash hole versus fishing around. I use the guides that fit the RCBS flash hole de-burring tool, they have the same pin dimensions. I roll mine in a towel too, but bake mine for 30 at 200 degrees. I like them dry.

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Whoa, what's this guide you're using for the Harvey tool and where can I get it!?


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Dirty primer pockets are not the end of the world.

It will make changes to ignition which can result in a wider spread in velocities.

Nothing dangerous about it if you are plinking.

If you have a squib or dud round, wait the standard 30 seconds and then run the slide. If revolver, wait 30 seconds before the next shot.
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The guide looks like a RCBS flash hole deburring tool case pilot stop.

http://item.brownells.com/tertiary/r...ools/index.htm

The Harvey depriming tool looks like a good idea, but it costs as much as a good set of dies. I just don't have the need for it.

I'd spend $50.00+ on a good hand priming tool like the K&M http://www.kmshooting.com/catalog/pr...er-deluxe.html

To each his own.
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Yeah I already have a Harvey Deprimer and prefer to prime on the press. I enjoy sitting on the couch and sorting brass while I deprime. That guide looks like it would make it even more effective though.


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For those that already have this tool, Do you ever get pinched at the point where the deprimer closes?
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I have gotten pinched lightly a few times, but I have big thick hands. Proper hand placement makes it a non issue. It's so easy to use, after de-priming 1000 9mm cases in a late morning-early afternoon session, my hands weren't bothering me at all, and I have Rheumatoid Arthritis. I found that I did have to take some metal off the RCBS guides to make them a little looser, so the cases would slide off more easily. I used a file with the guide chucked in a drill, then just touched up the bluing with Dicropan rubbed in with 0000 steel wool.
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