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563jack

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reloading 9mm Luger
« on: September 09, 2017, 12:22:50 AM »
 How much trouble do you go through to clean you casings prior to reloading. I usually throw my empty casings into the the vibrating cleaner as soon as I get back from the range. One hour later on the outside they are very shinny. The inside they are pretty dirty. The last time I reloaded I de-primed and I noticed that the primer pocket was very dirty so I cleaned them before I loaded a new primer. I have to ask myself was that necessary? The Lee Handbook says it is. Does anyone clean the inside of their casings with a brush or something prior to reloading? Does this cleaning help with your performance at the range.

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Re: reloading 9mm Luger
« Reply #1 on: September 09, 2017, 03:14:57 AM »
I use a universal decapping die to remove the primers for disposal before sonic cleaning.  (See warning below). Primer pockets may still have a little crud that I sometimes scrape out.  Insides of cases are clean. Can't comment on range performance.

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Re: reloading 9mm Luger
« Reply #2 on: September 09, 2017, 04:11:18 AM »
I do not clean the primer pocket on my handgun loads. I don't consider myself an expert though, so don't take what I do as the right way. I use a progressive press for my handgun loads. My rifle cases get the premium treatment before being loaded on my Lee single stage press.

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Re: reloading 9mm Luger
« Reply #3 on: September 09, 2017, 07:28:22 PM »
I do not deprime before tumbling.  Depriming is the 1st stage on my press.
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Re: reloading 9mm Luger
« Reply #4 on: September 10, 2017, 02:47:44 PM »
I use wet tumbling with SS media for shiney brass inside and out. Decapping prior to tumbling is an option I usually perform which results in super clean primer pockets with no foreign debris left in the pocket. Adrenolin had a nice write-up about wet tumbling in the reloading thread a while back. The hygene concerns Cb mentioned still apply.
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Re: reloading 9mm Luger
« Reply #5 on: September 10, 2017, 10:18:36 PM »
Hey Guys, thanks for the responses. I couldn't find anything that says cleaning the inside of the casings or the primer pockets helped anything. I have to admit that I like the shinny new looking bullets when I'm at the range, but that's all I can say about them. Cleaning the inside had no affect on anything I did at the range. At least as far as I could tell.

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Re: reloading 9mm Luger
« Reply #6 on: September 16, 2017, 06:48:36 PM »
Unless the crud in the primer pocket is getting in the way of fully seating the primer youll be fine.