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Old time Lee Hand Priming tool

Discussion in 'Handloading and Reloading' started by jaztym, Jan 8, 2006.

  1. jaztym

    jaztym New Member

    Jan 8, 2006
    efland, NC
    Greetings people.
    As of today I'm a new member 'cause I need help obtaining a tool and accessories for my reloading.
    In browsing your msgs, came across a thread of discussion involving Lee and RCBS tools so what the hey...just maybe I can get some help in my quest for a tool.
    I presently have 2 Lee tools. The newest one is the "AUTO-PRIME" with assorted shellholder inserts and the attached primer tray. It does work but I have a strong attachment for the previous tool sold by the same outfit but discontinued for some years now.
    This was similar in appearance to the hand tool sold thru SINCLAIR but made of white metal in dull finish!!!
    Uses thread-in shellholders that were letter stamped and you feed the primers manually one-at-a-time that may make the priming process slower but you can't beat the positive feel of seating or the ability to control seating depth.
    I use the older one whenever possible but I don't have shellholders for all the calibers I load.
    Looking for a source to shop in used/discontinued for spare hand tool and at least 3 of the inserts (B, M, and N). Want backup tool for what I hear is once in a while breakage of tool in female threaded area.

    By the way, Lee tool is my favorite hands down; if money were no object, I'd purhase the much more expensive SINCLAIR tool and get all the shell holders they offer!!!!; then no more worries.
  2. Ol` Joe

    Ol` Joe Senior Member

    Feb 25, 2004
    Good luck finding parts. You might try E-bay or one of the other auction houses.
    I had one of the primeing tools you`re useing, but broke the thumb lever 15 or 20 years ago. They were out of production then and I went to the newer model. I`m now on the second set of the newer ones, this has a primer tray the first two tools didn`t. I can`t recall for sure what it was that snapped on the other newer model but I do like the present tool.
    They are all (Lee hand primeing tools) pot metal construction, or at least the two I broke were. I have a RCBS tool I picked up but it isn`t as comfortable feeling in my hand as the Lee. The quality of material does appear fairly higher though.
  3. dodge

    dodge Member

    Feb 1, 2003
    ridgerunner from Pa
    jaztym, Check your pm's.

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