Primer issue Dillon 650


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Every bit of the brassi have had this problem with is marked 9X19 on top, L on one side of the primer and Y on the other and 93 at the bottom. I am guessing all Military brass. I am going to clear all of the brass out of the hopper, reload with WWB and try again.


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Quick google search it sounds like old Chinese Norinco brass that was made for civilian market and imported early 90s before the import ban. Doesn’t seem like it should have a military crimp, but could be weird spec. I’m not a brass historian nor did I stay at a holiday inn express last night.


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The comments about the crimped primer pocket is most likely the culprit!! If you are loading range pickup brass you will eventually come across some NATO cases that will have a crimped in primer and if you do not roll out the crimp you will have high primer seating occasionally. Ive even had a few that would hang up on one edge of crimp and would seat the primer “sideways” Or look like a cat eye when viewed from the base of brass!


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Lots of good advice here! I have had a Dillon XL650 since 1992. I learned early on about primer crimps --there was very little information available then with no swagging tools. We removed the crimp by hand using a hand cutter tool and it took forever of course. Another thing I learned, and this is my way only and is good for rifle or pistol. All others can do it their way: I do a basic cleaning on my brass to remove grit. I then size, deprime and remove crimps (with a swagger if needed). I use a toolhead with ONLY a sizing die in place. I then wet clean & polish my brass to a high-shine. I then check each and every one in a proper gun barrel or case gauge and for any case issues before priming. I then PRIME each case (simply remove your tool head from your press). That way IF I run into any crimp-issues, I can stop and handle them without any powder or bullets in the way. I save these primed cases to when I am reloading... yes, I have primed cases from a few minutes ago to many years and have NEVER had an issue with cases being primed in advance. When it comes time to reload, I use a toolhead with all dies in place EXCEPT a sizing die... remember, they have already been sized & deprimed and PRIMED. I drop them into my casefeeder and load away. This is just my way and I realize it takes extra steps.... however I load for pleasure and love it! Always think: Quality vs quantity when reloading... and make them the best you can make them! Love my Dillon reloaders!
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