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Old January 5th, 2015, 06:45 AM   #1
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homemade Pocket cleaner

I could not find a pocket cleaner that would fit in my little cordless pocket screwdriver (Skil iXo2 #2346-01) ,[I was not looking hard anyway, I like to make things anyway], So I brazed a nut to the end of a bit that can slip into the screw drill. I will be making another from a broken aluminum bit and tap it out so we can use it for the other brushes...
It is a slow speed screw drill so there is no chance of doing any damage to anything.


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Old January 5th, 2015, 01:44 PM   #2
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Why are you wasting time and effort cleaning primer pockets? There is absolutely no reason to clean primer pockets, when people start reloading they can get kind of anal about doing some things, like cleaning primer pockets, it took a while but I finally dumped that waste of time.

I've heard all the standard reasons given for cleaning them:
You can't seat the new primer fully due to the residue--Pure BS
If you don't clean the primer pocket it messes up accuracy--Pure BS

Its been close to 30 years since I cleaned a primer pocket, there is no verifiable upside to cleaning primer pockets, also, there is no verifiable downside to not cleaning them.

Five shot group at 100 yards, the primer pockets weren't cleaned. This is my group, out of my home built AR-15, so I can verify the circumstances.

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Old January 5th, 2015, 05:53 PM   #3
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I am glad you posted that. My wife was the one wanting to clean the pockets like with the 223's. I had her read this because she would not listen to me.
I also like the anal part. She always say I am anal, this time the shoe is on the other foot..
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Old January 6th, 2015, 08:50 AM   #5
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I don't clean primer pockets either, and have experienced no problems in over 35 years of reloading.
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Old January 6th, 2015, 03:11 PM   #6
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nipped that in the butt. One less step for her to do. Now I a just waiting for the next shoe to drop with her. Kidding
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Old January 6th, 2015, 05:18 PM   #7
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Agree, as long as you're talking about cleaning them, and not talking about reaming them to remove a crimp. Removing the crimp is a good & necessary thing; cleaning them, I've never done and like G56 says I've been reloading since 1984 or so.
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Old January 6th, 2015, 07:12 PM   #8
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Crimped primer pockets are the spawn of the devil!


They certainly have their place in military ammo where a soldiers life might depend on it, they can be a real pain to get rid of, generate a lot of work for reloaders and sales of tools for suppliers. One of my best investments was the Dillon Super Swage, really sped that process up.
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Old January 7th, 2015, 05:56 AM   #9
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I have the RCBS Primer Pocket Swagger Tool - 2.
We saw others that drill out the pocket but I just did not want to weaken the brass so we went with the RCBS as it was in stock locally and other swore by it as to swearing at it... (Humor at the end)

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Crimped primer pockets are the spawn of the devil!


They certainly have their place in military ammo where a soldiers life might depend on it, they can be a real pain to get rid of, generate a lot of work for reloaders and sales of tools for suppliers. One of my best investments was the Dillon Super Swage, really sped that process up.
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I leave a swaging die set up in my old single stage Rockchucker.

It's a lot quicker than reaming the crimps out by hand.
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