Anyone know who made this?

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  1. troy fairweather

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    Stopped by one of my lgs today, scored some powder and 40s&w ammo. But owner had this on the shelf for $5, figured what could I lose. Looks diecast no marking except the shellholder part has a (c) on it. It's large primer looks to be 44 mag maybe. The shellholder unscrews.

    Sorry for the bad picture.


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  2. ArchAngelCD

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    There are several companies who make those hand primers and they all look similar. It's very hard to know who made that one. Sorry.
     
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    Ya that's what I figured, think I seen some old press sets with them. I may convert it to prime the brass shot shells I use.
     
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    Tried the shellholder fits .470 rims fit a 30-30 to. It has good leverage to will be nice for a portable setup.
     
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    That's made by Lee. I have one from the 70's with only a few shell holder for it.
     
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    I had one that was made by Ideal as I recall. It was marked on the shell holder or priming lever.

    WB
     
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    It's linkage is similar to Lee hand primers, all there stuff I've seen to has lee somewhere on it.
     
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    Only thing I see it the C on the shellholder
     
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    Looks like a Lee. But there were 2 Lees. LeeParts1.jpg LeePartsClips001_zps92c64538.jpg LeePartsClips006_zps3f115a9b.jpg
     
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    The cast metal that bares on the plunger wears fast. You may do better selling it to a collector? I can't remember if there were 2 Lee people or 2 companies?? Google would know.

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    Richard Lee is who started Lee Precision. I wonder what these primer tools are worth.
     
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    Richard Lee had several companies with his name. I have one with the 30-30 and 30-06 shell holders. I have not seen any spare shell holders floating around and I have been looking for a while now.
     
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    thanks I see the tool with 4 holder for $14 bid. I am very surprised how easy this thing seats primers. Make my newer Lee look like a pos and it needs two thumbs to prime.

    I primed a brand new 284 case with a cci went so easy like the pocket was blown out but it's nice and tight lol.
     
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    do you have to single load primers, or does it have some sorta magazine?
     
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    Got to put the primer in the hole, so not a high volume primer. Would be nice for a portable reloading set.

    I seen a Lee 303Brit wack a mole set for $15 today, if I didn't have two sets I would have got that. My buddy got lee 6.5 carcano dies for $15.
     
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    Looks a great deal like the Lee version I have in my parts box. It was replaced by a similar one with the large round primer tray that removed the need from inserting primers into the primer tool one at a time.
    Lee does not make the original shell holders and has not for some time. The second type had a different shell holder. They aren't made any more either as Lee has 'upgraded' to the Auto-Prime with a rather unsubstantial soft plastic tray that does not work as well as the second version.

    I do have some of the various types in the mess somewhere.

    Off what you asked, but the Hornady incarnation seems to work best.
     
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    Yes the old Lee round tray were very nice, I had two but they were the things I lost in the 2011 flood. I do need a new prime tool, this Lee worked but was always hard to push. I'd like to try the Lee bench prime to.
     
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    I had one of these in my “Extra’s” kit. I’ll look for it.
     
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    I had one of those Lee priming devices before the thumb lever broke off. It was unmarked and had no identifying information.
     
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    I bought one. The inner workings which move the next primer to the insertion point are cast plastic and jammed up to the point where I had to destroy it to get it out. Turns out Lee makes - and SELLS - replacement components. Soured me on the device. I must say in fairness, when they work, they do pretty well. Takes the same 'flat' shell holder as the handheld type.
     
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    I had a Lee hand primer for several years before a "life mandated sale". I actually prefer the single primer feed vs a tray on the side of the tool, never had any upside down or crushed primers. I tried three other mfg. hand primers and none fit my hand as well as the Lee...
     
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    I love the lee bench prime. Works nearly flawlessly when done right. It does require a little flick on the primer feed now and then and you have to 'complete' the upstroke...works much better than my hornady or rcbs hand primers.
     
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