- Sep 1, 2012
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I decap a lot of brass, and used to go through Lee and Lyman pins like water. I was visiting with one of our resident reloading guru's @Mad Professor several months back and he was showing me the Mighty Armory and FW Arms decapping dies. He was sold on the FW Arms, and that was enough of an endorsement for me. Along with being well engineered (the self-centering cone on the FW is super nice), they have a reputation of being very difficult to break pins on. I've ran untold thousands of pieces of pistol and rifle brass through this die since I've owned it thus far, and haven't had any issues whatsoever. I even bought spare pins when I bought the die, thinking that I might end up needing them. Well tonight I really put it to the test. I forcefully removed a few Berdan primers, and even went so far as to stab a piece of brass through the side, just to see if the pin would break (knowing that I have spares in the drawer). Well, the Berdan primers came out, and the brass sidewall never stood a chance. The pin is still straight as an arrow. Now I understand why a good quality decapping die is worth it. I only wish I had bought mine sooner.