Step 3 - Priming
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Step 3 - Priming

Step 3 - Priming




      

Step 3 - Priming


Back to Step 2 - Lubing and Sizing .

You now have brass that is clean and sized, it is now time to prime the cases, most reloading presses come with some manner of priming cases, they are good but do not allow you to “feel” the primer being seated, I prefer one of the hand held priming tools.

If the primer pockets on your brass are dirty you should clean them with a took made for the job, RCBS, Lee and many other reloading tool manufacturers offer tools specifically for this job. It is necessary to remove as much of deposits left in the primer pocket from the last firing as possible, if too much is allowed to build up, you will not be able to seat the primer fully into the pocket, best case scenario, you have a misfire, worst case, a primer that is above the brass is struck hard enough during recoil to ignite the cartridge in the magazine and you have a very dangerous explosion.

Cleaning the Primer Pocket

Cleaning the Primer Pocket


Once all the primer pockets are cleaned you may begin seating new primers. Simply follow the manufacturers directions on how to use you tool or press, each is slightly different.

Below I am using a hand tool by Lee to seat my primers.

Using a Primer Tool

Using a Primer Hand Tool


As mentioned above, you must make sure that all primers are seated flush or below the bottom of the brass case, no portion of the primer should stick out, this can and does lead to very dangerous magazine explosions, in both tube and box magazine fed guns, it can also lead to a single shot discharging as the action is closed.

Forward to Step 4 - Powder.



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