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Why do I need primer flipper tray?

Discussion in 'Handloading and Reloading' started by Katitmail, Apr 28, 2013.

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  1. Katitmail

    Katitmail Well-Known Member

    I see videos how you shake a tray and flip and pick up with tube (in case of Dillon presses).

    I just got 2k of Federal primers and they all in trays of 1000 oriented one way. I'm sure I can flip them up without shaking using 2 cardboards or something.

    Is there primer brands where they not oriented the same and flipper tray needed?
  2. Certaindeaf

    Certaindeaf member

    CCI primers are the best. You gotta flip/orient those.
  3. SuperNaut

    SuperNaut Well-Known Member

    Yes. Most primers are oriented in different ways in their trays.

    Remington = Sideways
    Wolf = Primer Cup Down
    Federal = Sideways
    Winchester = Primer Cup Up

    etc. etc.
    Last edited: Apr 28, 2013
  4. Katitmail

    Katitmail Well-Known Member

    Even better - just slide into smooth surface and pick up. No need to flip it.
  5. SuperNaut

    SuperNaut Well-Known Member

    Yep, Wolf definitely makes for a good workflow for me: Place hand-primer tray on top of Wolf packaging tray, flip over, remove Wolf packaging tray, put on hand-primer tray cover, attach to handle, rock out.
  6. JohnM

    JohnM Well-Known Member

    Don't know how Wolf primers are packed since I won't use them; not USA made.
    But, what's the sweat with a primer flipper?, it's just part of reloading. :confused:
  7. bds

    bds Well-Known Member

    My batch of Wolf LP primers are packed anvil side up.

    Too funny.

    CCI = Cup side up
    PMC = Anvil side up
    Tula = Anvil side up

    Magtech = Mixed
    Last edited: Apr 28, 2013
  8. JohnM

    JohnM Well-Known Member

    My CCIs, in the newer boxes, are packed normal. Some up, some down.
    Don't know if I've ever seen any brand, either packed flat or on edge, that all faced the same way.
    Course, I never pay much attention, they all get dumped in a primer flipper tray :neener:
  9. ranger335v

    ranger335v Well-Known Member

    "Why do I need primer flipper tray?"

    If you ask that, you don't need one.
  10. 2bfree

    2bfree Well-Known Member

    Lately my CCI, SPP and LPP have them both. I just pick up all the anvil down ones first then flip for the others. Just faster for me than shaking :D
  11. 45lcshooter

    45lcshooter Well-Known Member

    I don't use a flipper tray, because I use Lee Auto Prime. It takes a step out of the process. I use a single stage press for quality not quantity.
  12. Katitmail

    Katitmail Well-Known Member

    I'm sure I will need to figure out how to automate process a little without paying lot's of money. I didn't get flip tray from Dillon but I'm thinking I will do Lee tray mod to fill tube automatically. Any suggestions on how to fill tubes best/fastest way on a budget?

    I've seen videos where guys attach vibrator to tube and it auto-fills tube. Later, they take tube and drop into press.

    Is there any way I can just attach "primer filler" to press and dump let's say 500 primers at once?
  13. Otto

    Otto Well-Known Member

    I guess that would depend on your vibrator.
    For me, I went all-out and spent $3 on a flip tray.
  14. GLOOB

    GLOOB Well-Known Member

    Yeah, they're all one way - sideways.
    When you figure out how to flip them all up using just 2 cardboards, let us know! That seems like it would take very steady hands.
  15. beatledog7

    beatledog7 Well-Known Member

    Every tray of CCI I've ever opened had at least 3 or four turned anvil up. I use the tray and/or lid of my hand primer to orient them the right way.
  16. orionengnr

    orionengnr Well-Known Member

    You probably don't need a tumbler, either.
    Actually, all you really need is a Lee Hand Loader and a mallet.

    But all of those "nice to have" items really make hand loading faster, easier and more enjoyable.

    A flipper tray is probably a $10 item bought new. I've bought several at gun shows for $2-4 each, and given them away.

    Use one, just once, and the reason for that small investment will be obvious. You will wonder how you ever got along without one.
  17. Canuck-IL

    Canuck-IL Well-Known Member

    Probably yes - not smart though. If an accident occurs, and they do with surprising regularity even to reasonably experienced users, you'd rather have a small number of primers involved.
  18. SuperNaut

    SuperNaut Well-Known Member

    LOL yeah, Magtech = AOFP*

    *All Over the Freakin' Place
  19. Bush Pilot

    Bush Pilot Well-Known Member

    You are a big spender LOL
  20. noylj

    noylj Well-Known Member

    Like almost all the other reloading tools, they just aren't needed--but they can make life easier.
    You certainly don't need to shake 'em.
    Put primers in tray.
    Load all that are anvil up.
    Flip tray over.
    Load rest of primers which are all anvil up now.
    I have seen people sit there for almost 5 minutes shaking to get that last one or two primers to flip over.
    Believe it or not, I consider the Dillon to be the worst for flipping primers and the old Lee hand primer to have the best tray for flipping.
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