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I was decapping range pick up 223/556 brass. And 4 of them the primer would not fall through. The shell got stuck in the shell holder. No matter how far i adjusted the decapping pin. The primer would not push out far enough to fall out. I had to drill it out to free the casing from the shell holder. Strange one for sure. This 4 was out of a few hundred.
 

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Probably primers sealed from the factory, I have seen the stuff sort of act like rubber stretching...a real pain to decap.
 

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Were they military crimp?
 
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They may have been military. The ones with a blue sealer on decapped easy. The head stamps were mixed.
 

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I use a Lee universal decamping tool (about a 3” rod with decamping pin at one end) when that rare occasion occurs. They are only $4 at Midway. Pull the case and shell holder out of the press, set it on the bench and stick the tool down into the flash hole and give it a slight whack with a small hammer. Much better than drilling. :thumbsup:

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I was going to grab one of my spare decapping pins and try it on the bench. But then figured if i already had one way out in die it might not work. I have a universal decapping die and i use squirrel daddy pins. But next time ill give it a try.
 

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I've run across some that were hard ot get out because of the crimp. The decapping rod actually rounded out the primer instead of popping it all the way out.
 
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I've run across some that were hard ot get out because of the crimp. The decapping rod actually rounded out the primer instead of popping it all the way out.
The RCBS universal decapping die helps with these because it is also spring loaded....problem is, spent primers all over the place because of the way it pops them out.
 

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About the only time I hear this complaint is with Dillon sizing dies.
I recap with a Lee Universal Decapping Die for about 25 years without any issue. I inspect the case, deprime, and sort into correct bin by cartridge.
 

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About the only time I hear this complaint is with Dillon sizing dies.
I recap with a Lee Universal Decapping Die for about 25 years without any issue. I inspect the case, deprime, and sort into correct bin by cartridge.
Yep, I always decap first, and the Lee Decapping Die does work well...that is what Coal was doing when he ran into this issue too...
 

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I did a bunch of winchester 556 brass yesterday. They decapped nice. Also ''downloaded'' 11 someone left behind down to 223 pressures.
 
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