- Dec 1, 2008
- Reaction score
- Moore, OK
Quick question, what's the consensus on decapping before cleaning? With my long range rifle rounds, I always decap as my first step, then tumble, case prep, etc. I do this for many reasons, mainly to have an opportunity to clean the primer pockets and to ensure that my sizing die never sees any dirty brass. On run of the mill range ammo, I've been seeing a lot of people online say they really don't decap before they clean the rounds. They only remove the spent primer during the FL sizing die while reloading. What's everyone's thoughts on this?
I decap and then clean. I know people that do not. I do not size it as I don’t want dirty brass in my die. I decap with a Dillon die that I knocked the carbide ring out of.
Does it help having a squeaky clean primer pocket, I really doubt it. But, it keeps the loading machine cleaner and I feel better about it. I do other things to make it all go smoother. I’m pretty anal about it actually. I also use an excessive amount of toilet paper to keep my brasshole clean, so there you go with TMI.
People tell me how good my brass looks, or maybe I’m hearing them wrong.