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    norma primer pockets

    just got my hands on 200 once fired norma cases in 243,resized them all cleaned and it seems the primer pockets are a little tooooooooo samll,the primers are going in but at the expence of a bust hand primer lever.

    anyone any ideas how to solve the problem and making sure i dont bust another hand primer tool
    I`m afraid when i die the wife will sell my gear for the price i told her

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    Try a different brand of primer. I had a similar problem with a batch of .308 norma cases years ago they were almost impossible to load with CCI primers and reaming them out was a nightmare. I can't remember what brand of primer I used in the end but the change did the trick.

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    Morning Mick.

    Use a primer pocket reamer... Lyman makes a nice version ( approx 10.99 ). I had the same problem with .243 Norma brass, in that not all the pockets were uniform... A couple of turns with the reamer takes off the excess brass to square the pocket out, and the primers went in a lot easier, were a snug fit, but flush.... and did not break the hand held primer arm after that either...

    The reamer has a pre-set depth, so you can`t take out too much brass, but make sure you get the correct size, Large Primer or Small primer...

    All the best.

    Neil.

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    I've found some of my CCI LR BR primers to sometimes be a bit sticky too. Have blown a few when seating over the last 12 months or so, and have had a few that did not want to sit flush, even after having cleaned/reamed out the pockets. Been the same issue with Norma, Fed, Win brass. might try another brand next time.......or maybe its my technique

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    Quote Originally Posted by mick b View Post
    ...... and it seems the primer pockets are a little tooooooooo small,.....
    Mick. Too small in diameter or too small in depth? The reamer I have only addresses the depth issue, I haven't seen a tool that correctly opens up the diameter, but I am sure there will be one out there. Regards JCS

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    Quote Originally Posted by jcampbellsmith View Post
    Mick. Too small in diameter or too small in depth? The reamer I have only addresses the depth issue, I haven't seen a tool that correctly opens up the diameter, but I am sure there will be one out there. Regards JCS
    This isn't the Op's problem.

    If the primer pockets were shallow, the primers would still go in. You're talking about a primer pocket 'uniformer' which is different from a reamer.

    Most folk use the latter to remove the crimp on military cases.


    Back to Mick.......

    Let me guess. Are you using PRVI (PPU) primers by any chance?

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    the pockets are reamed out with large reamer and the primers are federal,some are going in ok but others dont want to go
    I`m afraid when i die the wife will sell my gear for the price i told her

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    Tried PRVI once on all cases - including PRVI, and had to throw 'em away.

    Federal are tough primers.

    Standard Remington 9.5 or 9.5Mag (sorry - no half fraction symbol on my keyboard) are slightly undersized and should fit snug.

    Otherwise S&B. If neither, you're done for

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    I had exactly the same problem with norma brass. The worst were remington rifle primers which i have given up on now after using 15 or 20. They would be too much for a hand primer. I have changed to federal match primers and these seem far easier to do. I do all my priming on the press and clean the pockets well beforehand.

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    these are fed magnum primers and are tight to say the least,ive tried other primers and still causing the same problem.
    was thinking of using a bit of lube on a cotton bud the wipe clean to see if that helps or will that be not safe
    I`m afraid when i die the wife will sell my gear for the price i told her

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