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Old 03-02-2011, 04:21 PM
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A friend just gave me a 30 cal ammo box full of 30-06 brass, mostly Lake City...

I have never worked with military brass..I am aware that I will have to remove the crimp from the primer pockets to reload it..

I will be loading it for my M1 Garand, so max loads are not an issue..

Are there any other issues I need to address..??.. Will my RCBS resizing die work with it, or do I need something like a heavy duty decapping pin to deprime the crimped primers..??..
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Old 03-03-2011, 08:54 AM
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I ran about 500 pieces of primer-crimped LC brass straight from 30 to 25-06 in my RCBS dies with no issues. The part that sucked was removing the crimps on all those
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Old 03-03-2011, 09:52 AM
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I did some a while back. LC isn't bad to do ,the TW I did was like I had to extrude (not the word I wanted) the primers to get them out. I used my universal decaper and the pin was just barely long enough to clear the primers ,several needed to be assisted with a punch because some little burr was hung up just enough to keep the case in the holder.

As I said LC is not bad. I used some in 308 headstamped Match and it has rather thick necks ,I would consider that also. Weigh the cases too as my way too picky rifle threw 3 groups and weird flyers from cases varying in weight by about 5gr with extrem examples lite to heavy of 12.
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Old 03-03-2011, 02:06 PM
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Originally Posted by Pygmy View Post
A friend just gave me a 30 cal ammo box full of 30-06 brass, mostly Lake City...

I have never worked with military brass..I am aware that I will have to remove the crimp from the primer pockets to reload it..

I will be loading it for my M1 Garand, so max loads are not an issue..

Are there any other issues I need to address..??.. Will my RCBS resizing die work with it, or do I need something like a heavy duty decapping pin to deprime the crimped primers..??..
Military brass is thicker than commercial brass, so you'll need reduce the charge by a couple of grains or you'll cause a overpressure.
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Old 03-04-2011, 03:28 AM
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Thanks for the info, guys...

As I stated, it's for my Garand, so I'm loading a relatively mild load, which approximates the load that the rifle was designed for, so I don't expect that thickness will be an issue..
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Old 03-05-2011, 01:33 PM
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Just as a follow up...

I FL resized 20 of the LC casings...My RCBS die popped out the primers nicely....

I trimmed out the crimp with my case chamfer tool and then primed and loaded the cases...

The primers pressed in a little TIGHT, but I think they are OK...All seated slightly below flush, which should minimize slam fire issues with the M1... I'll run a couple clips through the old girl and see how they perform..

Thanks again to all..
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