Re: Deprime before or after cleaning
FWIW; I rarely clean primer pockets. Some cases I will deprime before cleaning, but I don't like carbon/soot getting on my press so some times I'll punch the primers out manually. I have been reloading off and on since '69 and really have found no need to clean primer pockets. 90% of what I reload is handgun ammo (80% revolver, 20% semi-auto) and have never had a failure to fire because of dirty primer pockets or mis-seated primers. I reload .223/5.56 and use a lot of military brass so I de-crimp the pockets but don't scrub them. But I do inspect the entire cartridge (before, during, and after reloading) and if I ever saw anything in the pocket, carbon, soot, etc., of course I would clean it out but haven't needed to yet. I'm not a benchrest shooter but my .223 can hold 1" at 100 yds when I do my part...
My Anchor is holding fast.
Last edited by mikld; 11-17-2012 at 01:31 PM..