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Old November 11, 1999, 07:58 AM   #1
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I bought some RCBS decapping pins for extras and to replace a bent one in my RCBS die. The replacement pins are straight and the one on the die has a head to keep it attached. Does anyone know if the original pin is available to buy?
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Old November 15, 1999, 06:28 PM   #2
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call RCBS, they have a toll free number, and tell them what you need.
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Old November 15, 1999, 09:17 PM   #3
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Yes I agree. Are you sure they are genuine RCBS pins? All have the head surely... as if not they will come lose. Perhaps a manufacturing fault?

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Old November 15, 1999, 11:42 PM   #4
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Some die manufacturers used to design the holder for the decapping pin as a two-jawed pin-vise. The pins had no head. When tightened properly, the pins would not fall out.
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Old November 15, 1999, 11:44 PM   #5
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I've bought three packs of RCBS decapping pins lately. None of them have "heads" on them. You can insert either end.
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Old November 17, 1999, 08:07 AM   #6
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Yup they're RCBS pins. I know I can call RCBS and they will replace the pin free of charge, but I wanted to buy a few extras. I'm decapping crimped brass and bent the original. I straightened it out but would like extras just in case.
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Old November 17, 1999, 10:32 AM   #7
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I think you need to buy some Lyman decapping pins. All of my RCBS dies use a straight decapping pin.
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Old November 18, 1999, 09:42 PM   #8
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Back in the bad old days when replacement pins were very hard to find, I bought a 36" piece of stainless steel rod from a hobby shop, just under the diameter of a primer pin.

Cut off a piece slightly shorter than the original pin, for better stiffness. I polished the end and inserted it in the decapping rod. Had to shim with a piece of paper, but it worked.
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Old November 18, 1999, 10:19 PM   #9
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There seems to be two or more sizes. I bent the decapping pin in my RCBS 10mm/40cal die, bought replacement pins and they were too thin.
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Old November 19, 1999, 06:57 AM   #10
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Bianchi, some of the RCBS dies do take the pins with the heads on them. I have 2 sets of RCBS 223 dies, one takes the head type, and the small base takes the straight.

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Old November 20, 1999, 08:14 PM   #11
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I guess I must have dies from 4 or 5 different makers, in 20 or so different calibers, and I've never seen a decapping pin with a head on it. I keep a 5-pack of both large and small RCBS pins hanging on the wall by my reloading bench.
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