Lee loader and Wolf primers


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gab909
August 6, 2010, 01:54 AM
I have heard the warnings about using Federal and Remington primers with the Lee setup, has anyone heard about any problems using the Wolf primers?

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Hey_Allen
August 6, 2010, 03:03 AM
Are you talking about the Lee type that you beat on with a hammer, or one of the others?

I have had no issues using the Lee hand priming press with Wolf primers, but at least in small pistol they tend to run a little snug, due to being slightly larger than others from what I've heard.

jcwit
August 6, 2010, 07:38 AM
I think he's asking about the Lee Auto Prime. I know of no cautionary issues using Wolf primers. However if you're unsure only put 1/2 box in the primer holder at a time. Simple solution.

P51D
August 6, 2010, 07:40 AM
I've used Wolf Small Rifles with both the Lee hand primer, and on the press. No problems, but as others have said, they are a little snug. P51D

gab909
August 6, 2010, 10:19 AM
Thanks everyone. I posted up on another forum, and not one dang response. Guess what page is getting deleted.

jonnyc
August 6, 2010, 04:42 PM
I've loaded up to 50 Wolf LP and LR primers in my Lee Auto-Prime. No problems to-date.

jcwit
August 6, 2010, 05:42 PM
I've loaded up to 50 Wolf LP and LR primers in my Lee Auto-Prime. No problems to-date.


Doing 50 Wolf primers one time and not having the problem is not why Lee has the caution.

Some primers loose a little of the compound as dust and after a period of time enough collects that can cause an explosion if conditions are right. See more in Lee's reloading manual.

Sin City Shootist
August 6, 2010, 06:06 PM
I've put about 6000 wolf primers through my auto prime without a problem.

Cosmoline
August 6, 2010, 06:20 PM
If anything Wolf primers are extra hard, so I can't imagine there being any AD problems.

Hondo 60
August 6, 2010, 07:08 PM
The Lee literature specifically says to use CCI or Winchester primers.
For the Load Master they also sell a blast shield to be used when not using CCI or Win.

I'm not sure of their motivation for doing so, but during the shortage I used what ever primers I could get, including Fed, CCI, Win & Remington. I had no adverse effects.

But YMMV. :D

Ed Gallop
August 7, 2010, 09:04 AM
I think you are referring to the small reloading kit without a press. A hammer is used. I had one of those years ago and remember popping a primer when I struck too hard with a hammer. Never had a primer go off when I would "tap tap tap", (as instructed) but a "smack" will give a crack. Not much more than a scare but that was bad enough. I doubt any primer would stand up to a good smack, or it wouldn't be trustworthy. I'd just tap, tap, tap, with a small hammer if I were you.

Red Cent
August 7, 2010, 11:27 PM
I have used Federals exclusively for over twenty years in both of my Lee Pro 1000s and, now, my 650s. Also in my Square Deal B. No problem. Never used Wolf.

ljnowell
August 8, 2010, 12:10 AM
I have used Federal, Winchester, Wolf, and CCI primers in my Lee Auto-Prime and in my Safety Prime on my Turret press. No problems at all, and they have seen lots of primers.

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