This is a thankless task, and due to automated equipment I can do it faster and more efficiently, which saves you money! When I process the .223 brass, I clean it to a high shine with corn cob media, and then inspect the brass by hand, making sure that blanks, steel cases, and really nasty cases don’t get used.
I then lube the brass and run it through my machine. I use a Redding bushing die, with a die set up to provide the proper neck tension. The case is then full length resized in the small base die. The primer crimp is swaged out. The case is then trimmed to an overall length of 1.750. The cases are checked in a Dillon and a JP Rifles Case gauge to make sure they are ready to go into an AR chamber.
The cases are then tumbled again in corn cob media to take care of any remaining lube and make inspection easier. Brass preparation is a necessary evil when doing high volume loading for Service Rifles and 3 Gun competitions.
Make sure when you are pricing out companies that “process” brass that they are resizing and trimming the brass like I am. My brass is ready to load, and I have many happy customers using my processed brass.
I charge $28 to process a batch of 1000 .223 cases. You need to inspect the cases and make sure there are no steel or BERDAN primed military type cases before shipping. These cases will damage my equipment and a $15 fee will be applied. Once the brass has been processed it will be cleaned in corn cob media, inspected again, and then it is ready to be loaded. The batch is returned shipped by USPS flat rate boxes.
I try and process rifle brass in the fall months, so shooters have the brass prepped and ready to load during the winter months when there is snow on the ground and we have nothing better to do…..
However, when I get 5K in I will set up the machine and process the batch, so you may have to wait awhile to get the brass processed if I am running ammo production. That is the great thing about email to keep people informed…..