Was not sure which to do so I de primed then cleaned brass. Is it necessary to do this? Should I just clean brass and then go to it with the press? Thanks
I deprime after tumbling. If you deprime first, the flash holes can get clogged by tumbling media. If you are cleaning the primer pockets, that's not an issue but I rarely clean primer pockets.
For years I would dry tumble in corn cob then walnut with the primers in. Cob gets them shinier ...walnut cuts better and leaves a bright patina. I worried about the grit getting in the primer pockets but figured that the depriming pin is going thru the hole so it should make no difference.I would say it depends on your cleaning method. Tumbling with corn cob or walnut, I'd leave the primers in. Wet tumbling with pins, I'd pop them out first.
I've done more than twice that before tumbling. It's not too terrible a job with either a universal decapping die or the FA hand decapper I got. Just sit in front of the TV and do the mindless task that is depriming.Exactly what I plan on doing from here on out. De priming 500 rounds before wet tumble is not fun.
When I processed mine like that I had no ignition issues and it is very productive as I would re-size/deprime/prime on one stroke on the Lee Turret into the resizing/decapping die.I use walnut and corn cob together no depriming.
But since I do it on the Turret Press it results in a resized and deprimed case. After tumble cleaning the case is popped into the shellholder after the Safety Prime has loaded the primer arm and it's a half stroke to set the primer into the case.Exactly what I plan on doing from here on out. De priming 500 rounds before wet tumble is not fun.