LNL Pick Up Tube Primer


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Gamer
October 18, 2011, 11:37 AM
Hi Guys, I'm a newbie reloader and have enjoyed reading all the posts. I recently bought some used equipment and found a primer left in a LNL pick up tube. This is likely a nube question, but should I just push it out gently or what? Spray it with WD and soak? Water?

Thanks

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REL1203
October 18, 2011, 11:43 AM
I would just shake it till it came out, is it stuck in there? Large Primer in the small tube?

rsrocket1
October 18, 2011, 11:43 AM
That last primer always seems to get stuck in the pick up fingers. I just push it through with a plastic cleaning rod tip. If you don't know whether it is for rifle or pistol, just throw it away or prime an empty case and shoot it the next time you are at the range. Don't do it at home because even an empty primed case is pretty loud.

While WD40, oil, water might make a primer fail to fire, there is no guarantee that these methods render a primer inert.

Gamer
October 18, 2011, 05:51 PM
REL, I haven't tried shaking it out, but the fingers are almost like a bushing to allow the primers to be retained and emptied from the other end into the fill tube and it's tight enough I doubt it would release without some pressure.

rsrocket, you are correct it's in the fingers on the pick up tube. I think it's a small pistol primer as the press was setup for 9mm. I'll give pushing it out a go and load it in a case for firing later as you suggested. I was leaning towards WD etc, but point taken. Primers make me nervous but I guess you know that already from my question. :eek:

Thanks.

dbarnhart
October 18, 2011, 07:50 PM
Did your LnL come with a long plastic rod? THis is normally used as a weight in the primer feed tube but I always use it to push primers past the primer filler tube plastic fingers as well.

germ
October 18, 2011, 09:36 PM
Did your LnL come with a long plastic rod? THis is normally used as a weight in the primer feed tube but I always use it to push primers past the primer filler tube plastic fingers as well.

This is what I do as well.

FYI: I followed someone else's suggestion to use Dillon pickup tubes. They are just a bit easier to press down on the primers. Not a big deal, but helps make life just a smidgen easier. Most beneficial if you're preloading a whole bunch of tubes.

rsrocket1
October 18, 2011, 09:45 PM
You could also push the primer out of the tube with that fiberglass rod. You'd be pushing against the outside of the primer rather than against the primer cup if that would make you less nervous, then you could just pick it up with tweezers (or your fingers if you are dexterous enough) and drop it into the press primer tube. I have to push the last primer in with just about every batch and have no hesitation just poking it through with something non-metallic.

I use CCI small rifle primers for both pistol and rifle rounds so I don't have to worry about small primer flavors. Since you can use a small rifle primer in a pistol, you'd be just fine using it in a pistol.

Blue68f100
October 18, 2011, 10:23 PM
Hornady's primer pickup tubes do have a very tight finger. I just push the last one out with a wooden stick before feeding it to the main priming station tubes. I use the Dillon primer tubs too, but the first ones I had would not hold the primers and would dump them. What a cheap system from a company you would expect better from. They did send me replacement ends that did work but I'm very careful to make sure they do not get bumped. Their end for loading the station is a smaller size than Hornady's. So you may have to move the tube before they drop.

Gamer
October 19, 2011, 02:41 AM
dbarnhart, the press didn't come with a plastic rod. I'll check Hornady's site to see if that's available as it would be nice to have. Maybe I can find a very small wooden dowel or something fiberglass at my local hardware. I do like the thought of having something non metalic around as you all mentioned for pushing and or weight for the feed tube.

I like the idea of pushing on the cup, I'll try that this week. Good info on the Dillon feed tubes as well.

Thanks

rsrocket1
October 19, 2011, 07:09 AM
The with fiberglass rod is useful in that it:

1. Adds weight to the primer stack (really helps to ensure the last few primers drop into the feed tray)
2. Lets you know when you are reaching the end of the 100 primers. I made a flag out of tape and placed it at the spot where the rod reaches the "empty" level.
3. Drops into the primer feed tray when the stack is empty. At that point, the tray stays retracted and you (ought to) see that you are no longer priming your cases.

If you want to scrounge around for a substitute rod, get one that is narrower than a small primer (0.175") so that it can drop into the primer hole and lock out the tray. I think the original rod is about 1/8" in diameter.

chrt396
October 19, 2011, 01:27 PM
I just take the red nozzle that comes with any can of gun scrubber or wd 40 and push the primer loose. I wouldn't think that such a light weight soft object would harm the primer in any way. We all know..that the last primer picked up is always stuck in the fingers of the tip..so I just have the little stick in a jar waiting to push the last one through. I use a Dillon but also a RCBS Rock Chucker. I prefer the RCBS tubes because you get a more postive feel when you are picking up primers. The Dillon tubes just feel a little sloppy. They are easier to pick up with the Dillon, I just seem to get disoriented primers using them. No problems with the RCBS tubes...but that's just me.

Seedtick
October 19, 2011, 05:12 PM
Don't know if this would help any but it might?

I ran across this place looking for some fiber-optic rod for sights and they have some neat stuff. Here is a link to some brass, copper and aluminum rod, tubes and sheets.

Oakridge Hobbies: Metal Supplies (http://www.oakridgehobbies.com/hobby-products-tools-paints-wood-metal-plastic-hobby-supplies/metals-tubing-strip-stock-sheets-rods-brass-aluminum?limit=50)

Seedtick

:)

thorn-
October 19, 2011, 07:08 PM
Insert the edge of the primer cardboard container into the little jaws, and push lightly. It will drop just fine. CCI cardboard seems to work well. ;)

thorn

Gamer
October 19, 2011, 09:32 PM
Thanks for the input guys. I stopped by my local harware today, picked up a small wood dowel and made a primer level indicator complete with flag :cool: I think it will work well, drops into the primer slide arm when it's empty as was suggested. I also pushed the left over primer out of the pickup fingers and seated it in an empty case to fire later on at the range.

Blue68f100
October 20, 2011, 03:02 PM
No need to waste a primer, just push it in with the others. I use a wooded stick, been doing this for 30+ yrs not a problem. Use a small stick like a Wooden Q-Tip. Primers require impact to go off. The same reason you can deprime a round with out it going off if your careful.

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