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Approximate number of primers in Lee Spent Primer Tube

Discussion in 'Handloading and Reloading' started by hypnotrader, Dec 22, 2012.

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  1. hypnotrader

    hypnotrader Member

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    Been depriming some .40 caliber and just wondered if anyone out there had ever counted how many spent primers fit in the Lee spent primer tube? Just curious, thanks.
     
  2. JohnM

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    That big clear plastic tube that hangs from the ram?
    Large or small primers? :D
    A whole bunch!
     
  3. gunslinger15

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    No but if I ever wanted to I would figure it by weight, and then turn that into a quantity. A man would go insane counting all those primers. :what:
     
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    Go to the auto parts store and get a longer piece of tubing and run it into a coffee can.

    Saves having to empty the thing.
     
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    I think it's about 400 smalls. Don't know/forget. You can just count the empty 100 sleeves that it takes to reload/decap until it fills up.
    I've came real close many times to getting beyond the tippy top and probably jamming it. I might go the coffee can with a hole in the lid route too.
    Who empties that thing from the top? The first time I did mine I did that but now just undo that red bottom cap. That'd suck if the cap came off and mine's not real tight to begin with.
     
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    I just have it over the scrap bucket with the end cap removed.
     
  7. JohnM

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    I did that, but I kept kicking the bucket around, so I just went back to the tube.
    By the time it's full I need to get up and move around anyway. Only takes a few seconds to pull off the end cap and shake out the load of old primers.
     
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    Save your spent primers!
    Someone said they got $30 at the scrapyard for a coffee can full of primers. Not great, but it would pay for another 1000 primers (if you can find them).
     
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    I used the capped tube only for the very 1st decapping session. After tha, I screwed a cup hook into the bottom side of my bench, then hung a small plastic bucket from it and put the end of the tube into the bucket.

    No counting, no kicking over, no hassle.
     
  10. TFL

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    I screwed a cup holder to my bench leg and use a pop bottle with a tube running in to it.
    Works great
     
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    i shortened the tube, ran it thru a hole drilled in the cap of a medium-sized vitamin bottle and secured the cap to the tube with a hose clamp. every so often i unscrew the bottle and empty it.
     
  12. Hamish

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    I think the tube will hold 400-500 spent primers. However, I have a few LEE presses, and the spent primer tubes are not all the same length or diameter, so the quantity held will vary depending on these factors.

    I eventually picked up a longer tube at Lowes or Home Depot and now run it from the decapping press into a 2 liter soda bottle. It is nearly full, and I'd guess there are over 15,000 primers in there of all sizes. Now I just have to find a scrap yard that will take them.
     
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