broke lee universal deprimer pin on 2nd piece of brass

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tried a 223 brass, no problem. threw in a 308 felt a little pressure readjusted the die pressed a little more and snap discovered a berdan piece of brass. F***me! Totally my fault brass came from a friend and never thought to check.
 

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And adjust the tension on the decapping pin so that it slides up when it hits a berdan piece of brass instead of breaking.
 

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Lee customber servie is best. Send them emile with your address and a picture of your broken drpriming pin, they will send you one within a week.
 

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In time, you will learn to identify Berdan cases by head stamp markings. Any unfamiliar head stamps should be checked with a flashlight to if it's Boxer or Berdan.
We've all busted decapping pins. Much less now after learning this lesson.
 

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Or, you could just keep a few of these pins "in stock" For $3 each from Midway.. They make really handy tools for cleaning tumbler media out of flash holes, too.
 

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Primers come out easily with very little force, even crimped ones. I learned long ago to use only a little force. You can feel if your pin is misaligned or you have hit a berdan primer. If your press don't want to go, don't force it.
This wisdom comes after breaking many decapping pins. About 6 years ago I bought 10 of them and looking at the box I have 5 left plus one in the die. Broke one this year because there was a pebble stuck in the case.
I also found that magic compression that holds the pin in place until you hit a hard stop and then gives is elusive -- my pin kept creeping up until it wouldn't decap. Adjust, creep, repeat.
 

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tried a 223 brass, no problem. threw in a 308 felt a little pressure readjusted the die pressed a little more and snap discovered a berdan piece of brass. F***me! Totally my fault brass came from a friend and never thought to check.

Mine broke on the first one.

Lee customber servie is best. Send them emile with your address and a picture of your broken drpriming pin, they will send you one within a week.

Called them up, the man said "yes, they are nearly unbreakable." I said, "Your paper in the box says 'Guaranteed Unbreakable.'" He said to picture it and email it. I did, and requested two pins, and they sent two in less than 5 days.

In time, you will learn to identify Berdan cases by head stamp markings. Any unfamiliar head stamps should be checked with a flashlight to if it's Boxer or Berdan.
We've all busted decapping pins. Much less now after learning this lesson.

I try by headstamp, but I also go by feel on the press. This can be a little tricky, as some crimped primers are very tough to remove. I have a mini flash light with an "antenna" type light, sorta like a bore light, and it has a magnet on it's base. I stuck that on my press, and bent the flex tip to a good angle to see into cases, and if I am suspecting a berdan, then I can easily look down the neck to see one hole or two.
 

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tried a 223 brass, no problem. threw in a 308 felt a little pressure readjusted the die pressed a little more and snap discovered a berdan piece of brass. F***me! Totally my fault brass came from a friend and never thought to check.

Mine broke on the first one.

Lee customber servie is best. Send them emile with your address and a picture of your broken drpriming pin, they will send you one within a week.

Called them up, the man said "yes, they are nearly unbreakable." I said, "Your paper in the box says 'Guaranteed Unbreakable.'" He said to picture it and email it. I did, and requested two pins, and they sent two in less than 5 days.

In time, you will learn to identify Berdan cases by head stamp markings. Any unfamiliar head stamps should be checked with a flashlight to if it's Boxer or Berdan.
We've all busted decapping pins. Much less now after learning this lesson.

I try by headstamp, but I also go by feel on the press. This can be a little tricky, as some crimped primers are very tough to remove. I have a mini flash light with an "antenna" type light, sorta like a bore light, and it has a magnet on it's base. I stuck that on my press, and bent the flex tip to a good angle to see into cases, and if I am suspecting a berdan, then I can easily look down the neck to see one hole or two.
 

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Don't feel bad. Same thing happened to me. I've got more decapping pins on the list for my next order...whenever the things I need finally come back in stock.