Ok, so I am tired of paying so much for 22-250 ammunition and decided to get into reloading it. I went out bought a Lee hand press, a set of 22-250 dies, lube, funnel, hornady vmax bullets, cci primers, powder, the works. Now, all of the instructions, including the instructions in the Hornady reloading manual just say to re-prime the cartridge after re-sizing. Am I missing something here? Do I need another tool to do this? Or does my Lee Die set come with what I need to re-prime. I have the rest of the process down so that it can be done safely because I have loaded dummy rounds to get the order of operations down. I just cannot figure out what the story is with inserting the primer. Help please. Thank you.
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April 23, 2008, 05:42 PM
I think you need a priming tool. RCBS, lee etc. makes em, cost about 20-25 bucks i think.
lee tool is 12 bucks
April 23, 2008, 05:47 PM
thats what i thought. So i am not crazy. When they say "all you need to get started reloading" that is not actually an accurate statement. It looks like another trip to the store is in my future. Thanks!
Jacka L Ope
April 23, 2008, 05:49 PM
Am I missing something here?
Don't forget that you may need to trim your cases. When a case has lengthened to the point where it is beyond the maximum acceptable limit, it must be trimmed followed by chamfering & deburring the case mouth. It all starts with proper case preparation. ;)
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the trimmer, you can get better, more $$ ones but that will work
might need this too.. chamfer/deburring tool after trimming
April 23, 2008, 06:49 PM
You will definintely want to get a case trimmer of some sort, a 6" caliper, and a priming tool of some sort. I did not see a powder scale in your list of stuff you have... one of those is extremely handy...
April 23, 2008, 07:13 PM
Did you buy the Hand Press as part of a kit, or just by itself? If it came as part of a kit, it should have included one of the hand primers with it. Regardless, here's the instruction sheet that goes with the Hand Press: http://www.leeprecision.com/cgi-data/instruct/HP2520.pdf
April 24, 2008, 02:18 PM
This is the priming tool that Lee includes in their "complete" hand press kits: