Priming with a hand held tool vs. Press


February 9, 2003, 03:21 AM
Which do you use to prime your cases?

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February 9, 2003, 04:02 AM
I use both the rcbs hand primer when I want to knock out a large amount while I watch tv . and the lee autoprimeII to which attaches to my press when I am in my reloading room . ussually I use the AP when my hands are giving me fits or when I have a buddy over reloading with me .

February 9, 2003, 04:13 AM
I load on a Lee turrent, prime with a Lee hand prime. Usual procedure is to take a couple hundred freshly sized & polished cases, inspect them & prime them while watching TV. Now & then I can even talk one of the kids into sorting the brass for me.

February 9, 2003, 05:42 AM
Ahh, the benefits of kids, slave labor! :D

February 9, 2003, 11:49 AM
WHen I load on my rockchucker i use the hand primer. My dillon does it for me.

February 9, 2003, 01:08 PM
Going with the Jeeper...

Rifles go through the Rockchucker, since I wonder about the safety of delubing brass via the tumbler, and so go the hand route.

Handgun ammo goes through the 650, and so, priming is its problem.

February 9, 2003, 03:20 PM
After some failures with my Lee handprimer, I went to a Bonanza/Co-Ax bench mounted primer tool, on s wood block, C-clamped where I need it. You really can adjust all the slop out of one of these.I remove and discard the primer seater from my single-stages, and no longer load for rifle on my 550 because I don't like the way it seats primers:neener: .

February 9, 2003, 05:13 PM
I was going to click on the vice and rubber mallet but my hammer isn't rubber.
I actually have and use two Lee hand - held priming tools. I only tried twice to let the press do it and it didn't.


Flash Hole
February 9, 2003, 05:57 PM
I use a RCBS ram priming unit P/N 09165
I have the system down that allows uniformity and speed.
I dont think Rcbs makes this unit anymore.


February 9, 2003, 08:34 PM
I find myself using the RCBS hand primer more and more. Like others, priming while watching tv works for me. I do not load a heavy volume of cartridges, mostly straight wall hand gun stuff.

February 9, 2003, 08:52 PM
Like the other guys I use my Lee hand priming tool when I am loading on the single stage press and I prime on the press when using my Dillon 550s. I used the Lee hand priming tool for about close to 20 years before I got the progressive; the same Lee tool the whole 20 years.

Standing Wolf
February 9, 2003, 10:34 PM
My Rock Chucker has been an outstanding press for three decades; its priming system, however, didn't give me a feel for primers, and the feed tube, no matter what I tried, occasionally tipped a primer sideways. Hand priming takes longer, but seems to give me more consistent, better results.

Stephen Ewing
February 9, 2003, 10:52 PM
I'm another guy who just can't get a good enough feel with the press. Too much mechanical advantage on the Rockchucker for me, and after I broke two of the Lees, I switched to the RCBS hand primer.

Don of Kalifornia
February 11, 2003, 12:50 AM
On rifle cartridges I use the RCBS, as I use my Dillon like three single stage presses, but for pistol I use the priming set up on my Dillon.

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Mal H
February 11, 2003, 08:14 AM
RCBS hand tool for pistol and rifle.

February 11, 2003, 08:18 AM
When I use a single stage press I use a Lee hand primmer, when I use my Dillon SDB the press does it and does it very well.


February 11, 2003, 12:34 PM
I use the hand primer. I have tryed to use the priming arm on my Lee turrent, but it does not seat the primer deep enought when using the auto advance function. For rifle loading, I use the Lee hand priming tool with great success.


Steve in PA
February 11, 2003, 09:42 PM
Rockchucker single stage press.......why change something thats not broken.

February 11, 2003, 09:46 PM
RCBS Hand Primer.
I seemed to get the primers stuck in the very beginning, but after
the first 500 rounds, not a problem. Pretty quick in my opinion...

April 25, 2010, 02:19 AM

April 25, 2010, 02:40 AM
Just installed the Lee Safety Prime on my SS press tonight. Worked like a charm, and a whole lot easier on my aging hands than the hand primer.

Steve C
April 25, 2010, 02:52 AM
I generally load handgun ammo that gets shot a lot on my Hornady LNL AP and use the priming operation of the press.

For small batches of rifle or handgun ammo and for load development of under a 100 or so rounds in a session I use a single stage press and most often a Lee hand priming tool.

April 25, 2010, 06:14 AM
Lee hand primer, I like the feel of positive seating of primers.

April 25, 2010, 06:54 AM
I use a Lee hand held priming tool for everything using small primers. I don't load that much large primer stuff so it gets primed on the Rockchucker.

April 25, 2010, 07:48 AM
Depending on what I'm loading, all of the above. Mallet and vise are for extreme situations only.

April 25, 2010, 08:31 AM
Depends on what and how many we're talking about.


The Bushmaster
April 25, 2010, 09:19 AM
Lee Auto Prime II installed on a Lee Classic Cast "O" single stage press.

April 25, 2010, 10:30 AM
I load on a classic turret and prime on the press. It defeats the design and purpose of the press to prime by hand.

The Bushmaster
April 25, 2010, 11:27 AM
Not necessarily, Rusty...I use a Lee cast four hole turret and still prefer to resize/decap and prime on a single stage press. It tends to fit into my case inspection program...:)

April 25, 2010, 11:47 AM
Lee Precision Auto Prime - don't see how anyone could break one of these fantastic $12.00 tools. If you put grease on it as recommended it is almost too easy to prime with - So little effort. Worth every penny.

April 27, 2010, 09:29 AM
I have used an RCBS Bench primer for over 30 years and will always use it for hunting rifles.

I own and have tried both Lee and RCBS hand helds and don't like the way you have to be so careful when changing primer sizes. Just MHO!

My square Deal B works great when used.

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