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recommend a hand primer

Discussion in 'Handloading and Reloading' started by aladdin, Jan 11, 2013.

  1. aladdin

    aladdin Well-Known Member

    I had a LEE XR that worked great. Then one of the corner clips on the cover broke. Now the trouble begins. LEE will not sell a replacement cover you have to send them the whole tool. The redesigned model they sent me does not work as well as the original. Mostly feeding problems primers turned over double feed and sideways.:cuss:
    so what hand primer works for you.
  2. NeuseRvrRat

    NeuseRvrRat Well-Known Member

    the RCBS hand primer with the round tray works great for me. only issue i had was getting Lee shellholders to work on it. i had to use a knife to trim up some plastic on the pieces the shellholders sit on to get the Lee shellholders to fit. RCBS shellholders work great with it.

    RCBS also has a model with a square tray that has a universal shellholder. i'd like to give it a try.
  3. rcmodel

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  4. Spammy_H

    Spammy_H Well-Known Member

    I've used the old Lee Auto Prime, which wasn't very ergonomic, and you had to use their proprietary Auto Prime shellholders.

    I've used the RCBS hand primer with Lee shell holders, which works great, and I have not experienced problems with the interaction between Lee shell holders and the RCBS tool. As a Lefty, I'd develop a blister on my thumb due to the orientation of the tool in my hand.

    The RCBS has very good leverage and ergonomics (for a righty). The Lee tool's lever didn't have as much leverage as RCBS'.

    The Hornady tool looks a little dinky. Haven't tried the RCBS universal or the newer Lee ones.
  5. 45lcshooter

    45lcshooter Well-Known Member

    Old Lee Auto Prime. Keeps on working great, after over 10yrs and thousands of rounds primed.
  6. floydster

    floydster Well-Known Member

    I have the old Lee handprimer, still works great, however I bought the new Lee Ergo prime and love it even more.
    I gave up on priming on my LNL, I can prime 100 cases almost as fast as loading a primer tube---with out the headaches and stoppages:)

  7. Steve H

    Steve H Well-Known Member

    I have a Lee hand primer, been using it for almost 20 years. So much the ears that hold the lid on are pretty worn. About a year ago I bought a RCBS hand primer, it;s the one that does not use shell holders. They both work well, but the new one does some gettin used to.
  8. Reloadron

    Reloadron Well-Known Member

    I have an old Lee hand primer and a RCBS hand priming tool. Only issue with the Lee is that mine uses the Lee priming shell holders where the RCBS uses the same shell holders I load with. The RCBS also places a bar between the primer being loaded and the rest where the Lee does not. Both work fine but given a choice I prefer the RCBS.

  9. rikman

    rikman Well-Known Member

    +2 RCBS one in large & small primers.

  10. James2

    James2 Well-Known Member

    Here is another vote for the RCBS hand primer. No problems at all with mine.
  11. Honest John

    Honest John Well-Known Member

    I was detonating too many primers with my Lee Classic Loader setup, so I bought a RCBS universal hand primer. It works magnificently, I recommend it very highly.
  12. beatledog7

    beatledog7 Well-Known Member

    I like the Hornady hand primer well enough to have two, one set up for small and one for large primers.
  13. cfullgraf

    cfullgraf Well-Known Member

    I have the RCBS Universal hand primer, both with the tray and the APS versions. I like it, it has been a suitable replacement for the original Lee Auto-Prime that I used for decades.

    I was not impressed with the updated Lee.

    I have found at least one case that the RCBS Universal will not prime. It is 410 brass shot gun hulls.
  14. SlowFuse

    SlowFuse Well-Known Member

    I use the old Lee system. Cheap and works just fine for me.
  15. witchhunter

    witchhunter Well-Known Member

    I have two, one for large and one for small, Lee hand primers. They have worked well for years. But I like the feel of the RCBS also.
  16. Havok7416

    Havok7416 Well-Known Member

    One of my Lee hand primers had the same issue as the OP. I just let it sit on there and keep the angle of the handle tilted or if I am particularly fed up I will tape it in place. It still works so I have no reason to replace it.
  17. aladdin

    aladdin Well-Known Member

    If I had known what the new one was going to be like I would have kept the original with the broken cover. but I got fed up with it.
    I am going to try an RCBS.
  18. Craigman

    Craigman Well-Known Member

    I dont have a good reccomendation but just some experience with my RCBS one. I have the RCBS with the round tray. What I dont like about it is that the little screw, that holds the blocker bar, comes loose all the time and I have to constantly tighten it. Once it came loose and when I went for the next squeeze, I bent it all up. Also the plastic needs trimming to accept some shell holders and I even had to trim my small primer one to let primers into it. Also, the plastic lid come loos alot and primers will flip if you dont pay attention.

    In short, not reccomended....works, but finicky..

    Maybe Ill try the Hornady next.
  19. Walkalong

    Walkalong Moderator

    I replaced a Lee with an RCBS and really like it. I have used it for going on 30 years now. I am sure others work well too. The Lee worked fine, I just wanted to try the RCBS. I liked it better, so I switched and ended up giving the Lee to someone who needed a hand primer.
  20. jmorris

    jmorris Well-Known Member

    I have a Lee that works but I like the feel of my RCBS (round tray version) better.

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