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So, for Father's day, I decided (with wife's permission) to go on a bit of a shopping spree. Got lots of cool stuff to replace stuff that wasn't necessarily not doing its job, I just never imagined the volume at which I'd be reloading so I just wanted to make the job easier. Pictures are easier and more appealing than reading a list:

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I've already started playing with the decapper. Ive done probably 700 pieces of brass so far, all 5.56 military crimped brass. It's not necessarily faster or easier but it is way more convenient than the universal decapping die on the press. I'm just sitting on my recliner with my feet up and watching Last Man Standing while I do it. It's great! I don't recommend anybody with arthritic hands doing crimped brass with it. It does a fine job but some can be pretty tough. Really tough when you find a Berdan primed case :mad: I didn't realize what it was, only that I couldn't get it with the hand tool so I tried it on the press with the universal decapping die and broke the pin. Tried it again with the hand tool, cursed at it some more, and then decided to take a peek inside for the AHA moment. Never even considered a piece of NATO brass would be Berdan primed.

Once I get all the primers popped out, I'll throw them all in my brand new rotary tumbler. I got a big thing of Lemi-Shine and have plenty of Dawn and I think the tumbler came with their own cleaner. Anybody have some tips for me on how to use it?
 

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You did some excellent shopping! I like the idea of the depriming tool.
Thanks. Just finished up the 1000 I had to deprime. It's not the fastest thing but it's definitely convenient. I had a lot to do so I didn't want it to feel like work. Kicked back on the recliner and knocking them out was a nice way to do it while also giving me a chance to more closely visually inspect each case as I went. It's very simple to use if you have the collet set just right where the case is snug but not too snug so it goes in and out smoothly. I don't like the way the spare collets hang on the front of it; they knock off way too easily. Also you do have to keep an eye on the container the primers fall into. If you push it in real hard it stays pretty good but it's easy to just give it a little check push when you take the case back out of the tool. Little finicky but not at all hard to live with being that it's just so convenient.
 
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Just added an RCBS Uniflow powder measure with all the accessories (Ebay win/steal) and a Hornady case activated powder drop.

I've essentially replaced everything I own except the presses and dies and got what I wish I had in the beginning.
 
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I think your going to love the tumbler. I gave one to my son. He says his brass has never looked better. He says the magnet you can get for the pics is we'll with the money.
I haven't used the tumbler yet. I'm waiting on the magnet from Amazon because Cabela's didn't have them in stock. It's funny, when I searched release magnet, it came up with an el-cheapo that was $10 that had horrible review (2.5 stars IIRC) and then the Frankford Arsenal one that was $14 and had nothing but good reviews. It was a no-brainer which I would get. Someone said the cheapo wouldn't even pick up the little steel pins so they took it apart. The cheap one had 4 tiny magnets in it that were refrigerator sized and then the FA is supposed to have 1 big round magnet. Nobody took the FA one apart because it works so well no one wanted to ruin it but they must've found that info somewhere.
 

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Nice list there.

I avoided all the Fathers Day emails and specials like they were the plague. Trying to hold on to my hard earned money right now for other things.
 

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Very nice! With that depriming tool, you should have forearms and fists that look like those on Popeye The Sailor man in no time flat! :D :icon_ poke: what a great way to improve your grip!

How are you removing the crimp from the primer pocket??
 
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Wow, that is some serious shopping for a Fathers Day spree.

I kind of did the same thing, but I don't have the receipt to show for it. I got 2 wings, 2 breast, 2 legs and 2 thighs all fired in a bag for $5.99

You did much better than I did,

Congratulations, have fun and be careful.
 

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Just added an RCBS Uniflow powder measure with all the accessories (Ebay win/steal) and a Hornady case activated powder drop.

I've essentially replaced everything I own except the presses and dies and got what I wish I had in the beginning.
Try finding a powder baffle for the powder measure. I have one in mine and the uniformity charge to charge is stunning (yes, I verified it by weighing random loads). The baffle maintains a uniform, consistent powder level on the rotary charger of the measure. They don't cost very much either.
 

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Very nice! With that depriming tool, you should have forearms and fists that look like those on Popeye The Sailor man in no time flat! :D :icon_ poke: what a great way to improve your grip!

How are you removing the crimp from the primer pocket??
I got this kit from CH4D. Seems to make quick work of it.



Try finding a powder baffle for the powder measure. I have one in mine and the uniformity charge to charge is stunning (yes, I verified it by weighing random loads). The baffle maintains a uniform, consistent powder level on the rotary charger of the measure. They don't cost very much either.
The baffle and all the other pieces to throw any charge are coming with the powder measure. The guy said he didn't use it much before getting a Chargemaster.
 
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