WCC 89 38 special Cases

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  1. nevadal

    nevadal New Member

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    A friend got married and was getting rid of all of his brass.

    in the mix was a pretty good quantity of 38 special cases with the headstamp
    of WCC89, I know that it was made by Western Carteridge Co. in 89.

    I didn't went to take a chance on ruining a die so I punched out a couple of
    primers with an ice pick.

    They only have one flash hole.

    Is it OK to use the regular deprimer that is with the sizing die.

    I'm not sure wheather this is military or not.

    Thanks
  2. X Ring

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    Yes, even if they are military and the primers crimped in, the sizing die will decap them.
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    I have some. it is good brass.

    Next time you need to see how many flash holes a piece of brass has just look down into the empty case with a flashlight.
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    If I'm uncertain if a primer is crimped or not, I will use my universal decapping die. This avoids breaking the decapping pin in my size die and if I have a bunch of mixed brass to de-prime, I can do it without changing my die, just the shell holder.
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    excellent advice worm. BTW, we missed you coming to the range week after 4th of july..
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    I've used this brass for several years. The primer can be punched out with a regular sizing/decapping die with no problems, and yes the primers are crimped in place with this brass. The crimp can be removed by reaming or by swaging, just as you would any other military brass. I'm a little unclear about the need to change the shellholder, I use the same one as for for .38 Spl. and .357 Mag


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    I think he is talking about mixed calibers, not just mixed headstamps.
  8. nevadal

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    Hey, thanks, you are right, the casing will not allow me to insert a primer.
    guess I'll have to get a reamer...any suggestions which one to get...I don't want to throw away several hundred casings.
  9. JLA

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    you probably already have one nevadal and you dont realize it.. Use the inside chamfer end of your casemouth chamfer tool. It cuts the crimp off the primer pockets nicely
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    Yep, thanks JLA, it works like a charm, many thanks.
    Hope I will be able to stick around and help other newbies like y'all have helped me
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    :yeahthat: And if you have a lot of them to do and your hands cramp up, go to the hardware store and pick up a countersink. Chuck it up in a hand drill or drill press and zoom zoom, you're done.
  12. nevadal

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    The chamfer tools works fine, but just out of curiosity, exactly where is the
    crimp in the military brass, I have studied the brass with a crimp in it, with a magnifying glass, and can't see it
  13. Twicepop

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    I have a Lyman made/sold reamer that works very well. Look in their product line to see if they still offer it, I've had mine 20+ years. I think C-H may offer one as well.


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    Its right around the edge of the primer pocket. look closely it will kinda have a step and the edge will be very sharp. you want that edge chamfered back so a new primer can glide in easily.
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    Thanks, you are correct, you have to look very closely
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