Reloading issue


I recently picked up a Lee Breech Lock Press from Midway USA when they were on sale. I decided today would be as good of a day as any to mount it to the bench. I think this press is going to work well. I really like the quick lock bushings and I especially like that the spent primers fall right into the trash can below my bench. That’s probably one of the biggest gripes I have about the Lee Pro 1000 press that I use, that I have to unmount the press to clean out the spent primers out once the inner cavity of the press fills.

Anyway, I acquired a bunch of .223 brass and have been in the process of cleaning, de-capping and sizing the brass. I use the full length case sizing die for this part of the process, and use Dillon Case Lube prior to sizing the brass. The problem I’m having is that the de-capping pin sometimes pulls free from the neck expanding mandrel and gets stuck in the flash hole. It’s easy enough to remove the stuck pin from the flash hole with a pair of needle-nose pliers, and I figured out I can press the pin back into the mandrel. Still, it is kind of a headache and blows the whole rhythm of the process.

I’m open to suggestions. As I’ve looked at the cases that cause the problem, it seems the flash holes are just ever slightly smaller that the rest of the brass. Unfortunately, I don’t have a good way to measure the hole. And the offenders tend to be 5.56 brass, as opposed to .223 Remington brass. If you have any ideas, feel free to comment, or shoot an email to leadchucker at gmail dot com.

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