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Thread: priming problem nickel plated cases

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    priming problem nickel plated cases

    Hi, I have just tried priming some nickel plated federal .308 cases with federal primers. I am using the old style lee hand primer. I have used this to prime thousands of federal brass cases without fault. Whilst about 1 out of 4 primes ok, 3 out of 4 I am unable to prime as the primer pocket is too tight. comparing with some brass cases I can push a primer part way in by hand but not on the nickel cases so there is some size difference. Has anyone had this problem and can I get over it.
    Any suggestions welcome.

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    DW

    Have you checked whether or not the original primers were crimped in place? If you've any cases which you haven't de-primed, give them a check for a crimp holding the primer in place.

    If you've got lots of cases with crimps, you might want to borrow one of these - RCBS Primer Pocket Swager Combo 2

    Regards

    JCS
    Last edited by jcampbellsmith; 11-03-2014 at 19:39. Reason: primer pocket swager

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    JCS
    Pretty sure they are not crimped, it just seems that the extra fraction of size caused by the nickel plating stops the primer seating. Strange thing is that the odd few prime normally.

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    Quote Originally Posted by jcampbellsmith View Post
    DW

    Have you checked whether or not the original primers were crimped in place? If you've any cases which you haven't de-primed, give them a check for a crimp holding the primer in place.

    If you've got lots of cases with crimps, you might want to borrow one of these - RCBS Primer Pocket Swager Combo 2

    Regards

    JCS
    I have a lot of nickel Feds , I swage them all anyway as they are a little variable , also I find some primers are a little larger than others .Swage them all-- it's easier in the long run.
    "This year will go down in history. For the first time, a civilized nation has full gun registration. Our streets will be safer, our police more efficient, and the world will follow our lead into the future!"
    Adolph Hitler 1933

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    Thank you, what tool do you use for swaging and any idea where I can get it?

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    RCBS Primer Pocket Swager Combo 2 or I use a Dillon super swage 600 which does small and large primer pockets , not cheap but I have swaged hundreds of otherwise unuseable military brass, lately 1300 nickel Federal milspec cases .
    "This year will go down in history. For the first time, a civilized nation has full gun registration. Our streets will be safer, our police more efficient, and the world will follow our lead into the future!"
    Adolph Hitler 1933

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    Nickle cases are NOT crimped, but plating sure f--ks up the brass. Switch primers or get a Lyman primer pocket reamer and prepare to sweat. A Swager might help but it didn't on some Remington 280 cases I reloaded a while back. Plated brass sucks, royally.~Muir

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    Quote Originally Posted by Muir View Post
    Plated brass sucks, royally.~Muir
    +1 I have never got my head around why reloaders use them. There has been talk about them not being kind on dies, trimmers, deburrers and primer pocket uniformers. If they were that good why are we not seeing more (any??) bench rest boys using them. I suppose they just look good - but not if you are a vampire, were wolf or zombie.

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    I don't know what the fuss is about --- they are cases - I just use them like other cases - no problem !!!
    "This year will go down in history. For the first time, a civilized nation has full gun registration. Our streets will be safer, our police more efficient, and the world will follow our lead into the future!"
    Adolph Hitler 1933

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    Thanks for all the replies, guess I will try different primers and swaging as it seems a shame not to use them.

    DW

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