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FW ARMS AUTO-CASE CENTERING DECAPPER/DEPRIMER ?


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Does anyone have experience with the FW ARMS™ AUTO-CASE CENTERING DECAPPER/DEPRIMER ? I couldn't find much about this die but it looks promising. Idea is that it auto centers the case which is supposedly useful when running automated at higher speeds. I am not automated yet so I don't know how much trouble if any at all you would get with a standard redding carbide decap die. Mighty Armory seems to be another big player in the "premium" die space that has been around a little longer but I think their claim is just the toughness of the die. 

 

They make a similar die for the swage station as well. 

 

https://fwarms.com/shop/reloading/f-w-arms-auto-center-decapper/

 

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Yes. It is a game changer man. Like it’ll blow your mind how awesome this is.
I’ve had cases come in there basically at a 45 degree angle. And the die auto centers jt back on the shell plate and punches the primer.
I’m Not completely done testing them but I’m sitting at a little over 30,000 pieces of brass processed using them and broke only 3 pins. Only because there was a rock inside one of the cases or the case ended up falling completely off the shell plate and came into that first station sideways.


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So right now I’m sitting at 60,000 pieces processed on this die. I’ve broken 4 pins total.
Reasons were debris in case.(rocks, or roller pick up nubs had broken off and were inside the brass).
One did smash a sideways case. Normally
This doesn’t happen. But in this case it did.
I’ll do a full write up when I’m done. I want to hit 70,000 before I give a full review.


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I just used mine to clean the mouths of over three thousand 308 LC pulled brass. If you take the tip off, you can replace the tip with a pistol length bore brush. I went through quite a few brushes but they removed the gunk from the mouths. I also hooked a vacuum up to the station after that to suck out any loose gunk. 

 

Eventually I will use it to decap. 

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1 hour ago, DJRyan13 said:

I just used mine to clean the mouths of over three thousand 308 LC pulled brass. If you take the tip off, you can replace the tip with a pistol length bore brush. I went through quite a few brushes but they removed the gunk from the mouths. I also hooked a vacuum up to the station after that to suck out any loose gunk. 

 

Eventually I will use it to decap. 

This would be great as a final step on my .223 brass trimming to knock all the shavings loose from the RT1500. 

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20 hours ago, chevrofreak said:

This would be great as a final step on my .223 brass trimming to knock all the shavings loose from the RT1500. 


my small shop vac hose fits snug around a Dillon lock ring. I used a Dillon powder die set to near shellplate. The suction inside the case and shellplate is exceptional. 

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On 12/3/2019 at 1:00 PM, hurley326 said:

Mine just arrived. Waiting on my mk7 to arrive. Will be interested in your full assessment. Thanks


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just got the decapper and swage backer as well.   I’ll try them in my Revolution hopefully this weekend. 

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On 12/20/2019 at 10:05 PM, OptimiStick said:


just got the decapper and swage backer as well.   I’ll try them in my Revolution hopefully this weekend. 

 

I am using it now on my new Evo Pro but I can't really give an opinion since I haven't used the redding decapping die I have instead. Not worth me even comparing now since I bought the FW Arms. I definitely buy into the conical design, it makes perfect sense on paper. I havn't loaded many rounds on this press yet but definitely have not had any issues with the decapping or swage stations with these dies.

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