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Priming with a hand held tool vs. Press

Discussion in 'Handloading and Reloading' started by WhoKnowsWho, Feb 9, 2003.


Which do you use to Prime?

  1. Hand Held Priming Tool

    42 vote(s)
  2. Single Stage Press

    11 vote(s)
  3. Turret Press

    2 vote(s)
  4. My Progressive press does it for me

    16 vote(s)
  5. I use a rubber mallet and a good vise

    2 vote(s)
  6. Other

    4 vote(s)
  1. WhoKnowsWho

    WhoKnowsWho Well-Known Member

    Which do you use to prime your cases?
  2. coonan357

    coonan357 Well-Known Member

    I use both the rcbs hand primer when I want to knock out a large amount while I watch tv . and the lee autoprimeII to which attaches to my press when I am in my reloading room . ussually I use the AP when my hands are giving me fits or when I have a buddy over reloading with me .
  3. Sisco

    Sisco Well-Known Member

    I load on a Lee turrent, prime with a Lee hand prime. Usual procedure is to take a couple hundred freshly sized & polished cases, inspect them & prime them while watching TV. Now & then I can even talk one of the kids into sorting the brass for me.
  4. WhoKnowsWho

    WhoKnowsWho Well-Known Member

    Ahh, the benefits of kids, slave labor! :D
  5. Jeeper

    Jeeper Well-Known Member

    WHen I load on my rockchucker i use the hand primer. My dillon does it for me.
  6. benewton

    benewton Well-Known Member

    Going with the Jeeper...

    Rifles go through the Rockchucker, since I wonder about the safety of delubing brass via the tumbler, and so go the hand route.

    Handgun ammo goes through the 650, and so, priming is its problem.
  7. swifter

    swifter Well-Known Member

    After some failures with my Lee handprimer, I went to a Bonanza/Co-Ax bench mounted primer tool, on s wood block, C-clamped where I need it. You really can adjust all the slop out of one of these.I remove and discard the primer seater from my single-stages, and no longer load for rifle on my 550 because I don't like the way it seats primers:neener: .
  8. PaulS

    PaulS Well-Known Member

    I was going to click on the vice and rubber mallet but my hammer isn't rubber.
    I actually have and use two Lee hand - held priming tools. I only tried twice to let the press do it and it didn't.

  9. Flash Hole

    Flash Hole Well-Known Member

    I use a RCBS ram priming unit P/N 09165
    I have the system down that allows uniformity and speed.
    I dont think Rcbs makes this unit anymore.

  10. Mannlicher

    Mannlicher Well-Known Member

    I find myself using the RCBS hand primer more and more. Like others, priming while watching tv works for me. I do not load a heavy volume of cartridges, mostly straight wall hand gun stuff.
  11. 444

    444 Well-Known Member

    Like the other guys I use my Lee hand priming tool when I am loading on the single stage press and I prime on the press when using my Dillon 550s. I used the Lee hand priming tool for about close to 20 years before I got the progressive; the same Lee tool the whole 20 years.
  12. Standing Wolf

    Standing Wolf Member in memoriam

    My Rock Chucker has been an outstanding press for three decades; its priming system, however, didn't give me a feel for primers, and the feed tube, no matter what I tried, occasionally tipped a primer sideways. Hand priming takes longer, but seems to give me more consistent, better results.
  13. Stephen Ewing

    Stephen Ewing Well-Known Member

    I'm another guy who just can't get a good enough feel with the press. Too much mechanical advantage on the Rockchucker for me, and after I broke two of the Lees, I switched to the RCBS hand primer.
  14. Don of Kalifornia

    Don of Kalifornia Well-Known Member

    On rifle cartridges I use the RCBS, as I use my Dillon like three single stage presses, but for pistol I use the priming set up on my Dillon.

    Don of **********
  15. Mal H

    Mal H Administrator

    RCBS hand tool for pistol and rifle.
  16. shootingfarm

    shootingfarm Well-Known Member

    When I use a single stage press I use a Lee hand primmer, when I use my Dillon SDB the press does it and does it very well.

  17. jw29650

    jw29650 Active Member

    I use the hand primer. I have tryed to use the priming arm on my Lee turrent, but it does not seat the primer deep enought when using the auto advance function. For rifle loading, I use the Lee hand priming tool with great success.

  18. Steve in PA

    Steve in PA Well-Known Member

    Rockchucker single stage press.......why change something thats not broken.
  19. RugerSAFan

    RugerSAFan Well-Known Member

    RCBS Hand Primer.
    I seemed to get the primers stuck in the very beginning, but after
    the first 500 rounds, not a problem. Pretty quick in my opinion...
  20. chagasrod

    chagasrod Well-Known Member

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