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Old October 7th, 2021, 07:06 AM #2561
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Just got a Lee Ram Swage tool last week. Did a few hundred 5.56 cases in short order and was very pleased with the results. Removing the crimps is easier on my hands, way faster, and primers seat perfectly.

Took a few tries to get it adjusted just right.
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Just got a Lee Ram Swage tool last week. Did a few hundred 5.56 cases in short order and was very pleased with the results. Removing the crimps is easier on my hands, way faster, and primers seat perfectly.

Took a few tries to get it adjusted just right.
Did you put the Ram Swage in a progressive press with a case feeder?

I purchased the Lee APP with Swage kit that works in a similar ease manner, but the case feeding makes the process fast and efficient.. I was able to do 1000s of 5.56 and prep 300bo brass in minutes
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I got my replacement decapping pins for my Lee Universal decapping die yesterday, so I can be back in business with that...if I can find the time. The next two weeks are pretty stacked for me from a schedule perspective.
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Found some HS6 to try in 28 gauge and may not go back to Longshot or 20/28. Meters great, and pretty crimps, may be my new go-to for sub-guage. Cranked thru a flat in no time, love that MEC 9000.

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Did you put the Ram Swage in a progressive press with a case feeder?
Ram Swage needs a special shell holder, it's not going to work on a progressive. As you noted, Lee APP is the cheapest fastest solution.
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Ram Swage needs a special shell holder, it's not going to work on a progressive. As you noted, Lee APP is the cheapest fastest solution.
The Lee APP isn't perfect - it has it's flaws - but when it comes to quick processing a lot of brass, it's pretty danged solid.
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The Lee APP isn't perfect - it has it's flaws - but when it comes to quick processing a lot of brass, it's pretty danged solid.
Lack of ability to trim ultimately is what killed it for me. I understand that sometimes you've got to make design decisions, but 99% of my brass prep is rifle, I need trimming.
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Lack of ability to trim ultimately is what killed it for me. I understand that sometimes you've got to make design decisions, but 99% of my brass prep is rifle, I need trimming.
I bought mine as a means to process bulk mil 9mm with crimped primer pockets. The time it saved me was worth the small amount I paid for it.
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Did you put the Ram Swage in a progressive press with a case feeder?

I purchased the Lee APP with Swage kit that works in a similar ease manner, but the case feeding makes the process fast and efficient.. I was able to do 1000s of 5.56 and prep 300bo brass in minutes
No, sir. Using a single stage Lee press. Don't do enough loading to warrant a progressive.
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Lack of ability to trim ultimately is what killed it for me. I understand that sometimes you've got to make design decisions, but 99% of my brass prep is rifle, I need trimming.
I’ve got a Lyman quick trim for that. Not as fast as a progressive with a trim setup, but pretty darned fast. When rocking I can manage to do probably 400-500 cases an hour. One thing I’ve found is I really need to wear some thin gloves/rubber gloves. Gives me some extra grip on the base pushing it in so the cases doesn’t slip. It also keeps from ripping up the pad of my thumb.

Realistically it’s do half an hour of cases, do something else for awhile and then do another half an hour of cases. Rinse and repeat. Maybe 1k in a day.

I still need to setup my Lee App to swage primer pockets. I’ve got about 1400 cases of 223/5.56 otherwise fully prepped. Sized, trimmed, tumbled.
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