Rifle brass prep

I decided to use up a bunch of the rifle reloading components I have laying around and quickly found I was spending way more time than I wanted. Using hand powered tools trimming the brass to length and cleaning the primer pockets was taking, on average, about a full minute for each round. Also, my hands ached after about 100 rounds and I would have let them recover for an hour or more before continuing. With many thousands of rounds in my immediate future I decided I needed another solution.

I purchased the Frankford Arsenal Platinum Series Case Trim and Prep System (see video at the link):

This cut the one minute down to about 15 seconds. I can still get an ache in my hands if I’m not careful to mostly press the brass when trimming rather than trying to grip it tightly. But if I pay a little bit of attention it hasn’t been a major problem.

I have processed over 1000 rounds with it now now I am very pleased.

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  2. Interesting. I’ll have to look at that. I’ve got a Dillon 550 and use their electric case trimmer which requires using Dillon’s sizing die with it because the motor and cutter assembly attaches to it. In theory, and only in theory, sizing and trimming can be done as part of the loading operation if you’re willing to skip chamfering and deburring, which I do as 2 separate steps with a Wilson tool in the drill press (and, somewhere in there must come some kind of lube removal step). So, the Dillon size/trim setup winds up being performed as a separate operation, more easily done with a single stage press. I suspect, despite the wear and tear on the hand, what you’re using may be the fastest solution. I know RCBS has a similar tool, I’ll have to compare the Frankford to RCBS. There’s a 5 gallon bucket of mixed 5.56 and 7.62 I’ve been ignoring.

    Thanks, Joe.

    • I have a 550 too. The first thing I looked at was Dillon’s case trimmer. I wasn’t quite happy with what I saw and continued looking. I looked at the RCBS solution as well as the Frankford Arsenal solution. The Frankford Arsenal tool lets me do length trimming, chamfering, deburring, primer pocket reaming, and primer pocket cleaning all on the same machine in 15 seconds per round.

      I don’t have a drill press (and really, not enough room for one either) so I didn’t really explore those options.

      My process now is:

      1) Dry media clean.
      2) Lubricate.
      3) Deprime.
      3) Trim, deburr, chamfer, primer pocket ream (if required), primer pocket clean.
      4) Ultrasonic clean.
      5) Reload.

  3. Which ultrasonic cleaner do you use, and what cleaning solution for it? How long does the solution last?

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