I am looking to get a progressive reloader. I am curious if anyone out there has any recommendations. Currently I am looking at the Hornady Lock-N-Load Auto Progressive Press.
This "device" that dillon makes called, as you say, a "tumbler" that uses a "media" called "corncob" gets pieces of that substance "caught", or "stuck", in the primer holes in addition to doing a poor job of cleaning the primer pockets if they clean them at all.locknload said:The Dillon company has a device called a tumbler. Not sure what name
the other companies use. Anyway, the case tumbler uses what is called
"media." That media can be crushed corncob. They also can use another
kind of media.
I forget what the other media is. But, I'm sure when other folks read this,
they will let you know. Anyway, you put the media in the case tumbler, then
you add your empty shell casings. You plug the tumbler in, turn on the switch,
& let it run. Also, you can add a polishing agent.
When the cleaning is done, the shells look like brand new brass. Cleaning the
brass has nothing to do with short circuiting the progressive cycle. It's something
you do periodically. There are different sizes of tumblers. The one I have from Dillon
will clean several hundred shell casings. There are larger tumblers, also.
And, the primer pockets get fairly cleaned out, too. Those tumblers do a pretty
decent job in cleaning the empties.
I too use the square deal. We have two of them in our shop. We have 2 tumblers to clean the brass. Have not had a big issue with primer holes because we don't remove the old primer until after cleaning. It is one of the steps on the progressive loader. Dillon has beenI have a Dillon Square Deal B, that I have been pretty impressed with. It only loads pistol calibers though. Don't shoot rifles enough to justify reloading for them.
What he is saying is that he doesn't clean the primer pockets either. If he does, then he has to remove them from the shell plate after resizing in order to do so because they don't get cleaned in a vibra-tumbler with the old primers in place.pastor paul said:airwrench has it right. clean your brass in a media tumbler before you deprime, resize and reprime.
So you're either interrupting the "progressive" process when you do this, or you are removing the spent primers as a separate operation by resizing/decapping on a single station press first, or could it be that you have a single station press that decaps only before you take the cases over to your "progressive" press to start the reloading process. Which one is it?locknload said:PTDOUDE, I have to say that you are correct in your last reply.
I always extract the used primers from my brass before they go into
the tumbler. I never tumble my brass with the old primers in them.