View Full Version : Problem with Hornady decapping pin when decapping small primer Lapua brass
06-01-2011, 07:31 AM
I was resizing some 6.5 Grendel Lapua brass the other day and my decapper stem got stuck in a primer pocket. I pushed it out, put it back in the die and did it again. I have deprimed about 150 cases up until now and I am wondering what course I have to take.
Anyone have any fixes for this? Is there a better sizer decapper out there that doesn't cost an arm and a leg? I found a part replacement from Hornady that says it is a small diameter decapper, but it didn't look like the one in my die. Any help is appreciated. Thanks
06-01-2011, 09:09 AM
Buy a universial decapper they work great,that way your full length sizer will not get dirty....
06-01-2011, 02:52 PM
Common problem, Hornady and Lee decapper pins are too large for the AA brass, and some others. I use a Forstner with no problem, appropriate size for the small primer brass.
06-01-2011, 03:48 PM
If you can get past the price, this is the die to have
$34.95 is not that much, but for a universal die when others sell for around $10.00 is pricy.
It has both size pins (the smaller PPC size).
06-01-2011, 05:16 PM
My Hornady dies came with 4 decaping pins. Two small for Lapua cases and two normal size ones. Call or e-mail Hornady and they will send you the right size for Lapua cases.
A universal decapping die is also a good tool to have.
06-01-2011, 06:43 PM
I had the same problem which was solved by ordering the undersized redding decap pins (.057) item#763052
from midwayusa. They were still sticking on occasion, so I put them in my dremmel and used a very fine sandpaper to take them down a little more and that ended the problem.
06-01-2011, 07:06 PM
While the Hornady brass has a small primer, the flash hole is larger than Lapua. I think both decapping pins came with my dies. Check your box and if yours did not call Hornady, they will fix it.
06-02-2011, 03:01 AM
A few batches of Lap. brass were under- sized in the flash hole., a few yrs. ago. Trust me ,, I had a many of them,,. Just run , by hand- a -1"16th drill bit thru,, to mimic the Horn. brass hole , and all is well.
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