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Old 05-16-2017, 08:10 AM   #1
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Decapping Station

I am setting up a Decapping Station only. I just want to pop the primers out of the casings before cleaning the brass in an ultrasonic and then shaker. For this I bought a single stage press (RCBS Partner Press) and looking to decap 3 calibers (9mm, 308 and 50 AE).

I have only reloaded 308 in the past so Im not familiar with switching between calibers and such. For decapping only is there some type of universal die and pin I can get to do the above 3 calibers or do I need to get different dies for each? Ive seen mention online to universal decapping dies but couldnt find out specifically it they would work for the 3 calibers mentioned.

As said above I bought a RCBS press over the weekend and the 9mm die they had available when home and broke the pin and threaded rod after about 1,200 rounds. Before purchasing anything else I figured I would ask

Reloading will be done later on a dillon press in my basement. For now I just want to set up a prep type area up in my garage. So whatever I get for this will be separate from the rest of the reloading
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Old 05-16-2017, 09:01 AM   #2
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The Lee Universal decapper will work for all 3 of those caliber including the 50AE. I know this because I happen to have some 50AE laying around and just decapped one to be sure you could use that die.

Of course you need the separate shell holder for each caliber.

Note, the 308 is the same as 45ACP for future reference but many think 9MM is compatible with 223 and 380 (called 9MM Kurz in Europe) But, the 223 and 380 are the same base and the 9MM is slightly larger and requires a different shell holder. Just adding some semi-unrelated info to this common misconception
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Thank you buddy. Ya wouldnt believe how many LGS's I asked that and no one could tell me if it worked for 50 ae or not. I guess I wasted a bit of money buying the 9mm die eh but again thanks that answers my question perfectly
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Yep...I set up the Lee Universal Decapper on this single stage and it works great. Mounted it on a block of Oak so I can move it around. Done over 2K Military 223 shells and still on the same pin.

http://leeprecision.com/decapping-die.html

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Yeah I think breaking it was my fault. At some point I might have adjusted it too far down trying to find what worked best when the casings were sticking a bit. live and learn
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I've got a Lee Universal Decapping die that I bought around 1969 and it still works fine.

It's also set up in such a way that the pin won't break as long as it's set up according to the instructions. If you accidentally try to decap berdan, the rod just goes up in the collet without breaking.

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I use the lee universal decap die in my Forster Coax press. All the shell holders are built in. A great system!
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I use the lee universal decap die in my Forster Coax press. All the shell holders are built in. A great system!
All? Try putting a 308 in the small size, don't work.

You have to flip the base large or small sides and it is a pain in the ars so I use my Forster to size 223 and my Rock Chucker for 308/8MM just because I find flipping the base too much hassle
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All? Try putting a 308 in the small size, don't work.

You have to flip the base large or small sides and it is a pain in the ars so I use my Forster to size 223 and my Rock Chucker for 308/8MM just because I find flipping the base too much hassle
Well, yes, all. So you have to flip em...I was making a bunch of different small groups of test ammo in different calibers yesterday. I flipped them three times. Takes all of 2 minutes, or less, to do. from 9mm to 30-06, to 223 and back to 30-30...I had some time on my hands and didn't decide to do them all in that order...until I did.
You do know about the standoff, to assist in the flip, don't you?
Actually, there are some odd-ball cases out there that require the purchase of a different set of "jaws". One or two odd-ball cases. The jaws that come with it handle 99% of the common cartridges.
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LOL, you have no idea how lazy I am about doing such things.

Maybe there is something not quite right about mine as it really does take me longer. I am mechanically inclined so perhaps mine are worn enough that causes more hassle to get the springs to stay
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Ya wouldn't believe how many LGS's I asked that and no one could tell me if it worked for 50 ae or not.
In fairness not many people load 50AE and it is far better for them to be honest and profess ignorance than to give inaccurate advice
Often times people guess in the pretense they are all knowing so at least you know when you ask these same LGSs again if they have an answer it is likely reliable.

The only reason I could confirm this was I happen to have a few 50AE cases and of course a Lee Universal Decapper so was able to actually decap a case something anyone on this forum would gladly do for fellow members
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I understand and just stating I tried to find the answer before purchasing anything. I was more annoyed at the documentation not saying exactly what calibers it would work for or not. Most just said things like "works for most calibers". I did however bring some casings w me hoping someone would at least try to fit it to see if it would work or not.
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LOL, you have no idea how lazy I am about doing such things.

Maybe there is something not quite right about mine as it really does take me longer. I am mechanically inclined so perhaps mine are worn enough that causes more hassle to get the springs to stay
Fair enough. Mine is fairly new. But I can't see the steel of the jaws wearing just from their use. Maybe just the springs. Give them a call, they just may send you the springs. That, or hit the nearest ACE and pick out a few.
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You have to flip the base large or small sides and it is a pain in the ars so I use my Forster to size 223 and my Rock Chucker for 308/8MM just because I find flipping the base too much hassle
Just buy two of them
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This is what I have been using the last 5 years or so. Bought extra pins but have only needed one in 40+50K cases deprimed.

http://www.harveydeprimer.com/
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