AR-15 rifles eat a lot of ammunition, so reloading is a viable cost-saving operation. However, all military ammunition, an excellent source for reloading brass, has staked primers, which are difficult to remove. Many ammunition companies also stake the primers of commercial ammunition. As such, a bench tool like the Primer Pocket Swager is an excellent investment. The swager has a cast aluminum base, hardened steel cam, foam padded grip and a hardened steel rod that supports the case from inside to allow alignment with the swager head. It accommodates 22-caliber cases and larger, and comes with the RCBS limited lifetime warranty.
Whether loading small batches of custom rounds or cranking out hundreds of rounds for training or competition, cases must be prepped, trimmed, deburred and aligned. The Universal Case Prep Center uses a 24-VDC motor to run a variety of case prep stations, including trimming, primer pocket and chamfer stations at up to 360 RPMs. The unit is ambidextrous and accommodates case head diameters from .250 to .625 inches and lengths from .720 to 3.375 inches. The Case Prep Center comes with a 2-year warranty for $525.95.
RCBS is celebrating 70 years of building high-quality reloading equipment—everything from presses and dies to shell plates and accessories. Founded by Fred Huntington, RCBS is now part of ATK, which has updated its machinery and increased its productivity.
RCBS is located in Oroville, Calif., below Lake Oroville, and is protected from flooding from the Feather River by the tallest dam in North America. Oroville Dam is 770 feet tall and more than a half mile wide at its base.