There has been many post recently about removing fired Berdan Primers. There seems to be a misconception that removing these primers are so hard to do.
It could not be further from the truth.
I will be showing you how to use the RCBS Berdan De-Capping Tool. It is in my opinion the best,fastest way to remove 99% of the primers you will ever need to remove. The other one percent were double crimped into the primer pocket.
It is of the utmost importance that you read and comprehend the instructions that come with the RCBS tool. Failure to do this will result in destroyed cases and broken,expensive picks.
First off,the tool pries,cams,levers out the fired primer after the primer has been pierced by the hard steel pick. You want to place the pick into the dent of the fired primer. If the dent is off center,you want the dent closest to the pick tip,not towards the rim of the case.
The pick is levered down and through the dent and inside of the Berdan primer. As you continue to apply force to the lever the pick is moved slightly to the side of the primer pocket. This breaks any normal crimp of the primer cup. The lever is pushed to the end of it's stroke and the pick is cammed upward removing the primer as the pick rises.
The amount of force required is about the same as using a bottle opener.
While the RCBS tool is designed to be used in both hands at the same time,I have found over the last 50 years it is better to hold the tools case mandrel in a padded vice. It is just so much easier and frees up your other hand to aid in setting the tools claw.
So the first step is to hold the mandrel in a padded vice or other means you may come up with. You can hold it in your other hand as well but your wrist will get tired very quickly.
After you have held the mandrel make sure you have room to swing the tools lever.
Use your free hand's trigger figure and keep the claw in the extractor grove or under the rim. While this is not 100% needed,it really helps the pick bite into the fired primers dent.
I'm showing you me doing it with one hand because the other hand is holding the camera.
Make sure the primers dent is closest to the pick. This allows the pick to dig under the largest amount of the primer cup.
Once you feel the pick dig through the primer, continue to keep the lever moving. you will "bend" the primer away from the pocket walls and start to move the primer upward.
At this point you will know if you have adjusted the pick to its proper depth. You will only need to do this one time per caliber of the cartridges you want to deprime. you do not want the pick to touch the Berdan "tit". You want to just clear it. This is what the two Allen's are used for in the tool. 99% of all problems are caused by the user not understanding how to make these adjustments.
If the pick tears the surface of the primer only rather than removing the spent primer, rotate the case 180 degrees and try again. You can keep rotating the case 90 degrees until you remove the primer. In most cases, the pick is a little too high. 1/2 turn of the "pusher" Allen is usually enough.
You push the lever all the way down and out pops the fired primer.
(sorry its out of focus a little)
There will be some debris in the primer pocket. This is normal as the Bradan Primer has foil or some other type seals that left crud behind. Notice if you have crimp stabs or rings. This is important that you remove them. If you don't you can be hurt! If the new primer hangs up as it is seated,the primer can jump onto the Berdan tit and fire! The two holes will not let all of the primers force out and can cause the case to fly off of the shell holder hitting you in the face!
I use a Berdan case "cricket". This tool will remove the crimp and allow the safe seating of the new primer.
Once you have removed the crimp you will have a nice beveled edge to guide the new primer into the cup.
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