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Automatic Primer feed caution notice

Discussion in 'Handloading and Reloading' started by 10xforever, Dec 22, 2006.

  1. 10xforever

    10xforever Active Member

    I was reading in the Lyman reloading manual that it is not advisable to use the automatic feed tube or any other mechanical primer feed to place primers on the priming post due to possible igition problems. I checked the Winchester primer box is will be using (ww small pistol magnum ) and they had a caution notice to only handle primers manually.
    I will be using a RCBS turret with their priming system. Will i have any problems or should i place the primers on the post by hand?
  2. Idano

    Idano Well-Known Member

    10xforever I personally think that is bunch of bunk. I know a lot of people that reload and none of us have ever met anyone who had primers detonate in a primer feeder. I have three tube primer feeders, RCBS Bench Primer, RCBS Rock Chucker automatic primer, and a Hornady Progressive, and I also have used two of the bulk primer feeders; RCBS Hand primer and Lee automatic primer on my LoadMaster and never had a problem in all the thousands of rounds that I have loaded. In fact I have smashed primers and never had one go off on a press. You'll hear some stories I am sure but there is more to the story then is being said because under normal reloading conditions I don't think it will happen, it hasn't happend to me in 33 years of loading.
  3. loadedround

    loadedround Well-Known Member

    10XForever: I load with two Dillon 550B's(one set up for small primers, the other for large primers) and I have never had had one problem with an exploding primer, and I too have managed to crush a few myself. Just wear safety glasses and don't worry about it.
  4. snuffy

    snuffy Well-Known Member

    Lawyer, CYA hype! In the remote possibility that a column of primers in a tube would ever explode, they have their A*s's Covered! "See right on our box, it says not to use tube feeds with our primers, you were warned"! Just what is going to set them off? A primer needs a sharp impact directly opposite the anvil to crush the primer compound pellet so that it detonates. I don't see a heavily spring loaded firing pin on my dillon primer feed!:neener:

    Don't worry about it, you'll be fine!
  5. earplug

    earplug Well-Known Member

    Tubes do blow

    I was at the USAMU during the early 80's. Was in the building when a primer tube blew.
    Granted this was a very high volume production operation with some older equipment.
    I want a APS system for my progressive.
    Anybody know what sort of equipment the factories use for priming?

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