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Broken Lee Auto Prime

Discussion in 'Handloading and Reloading' started by Bowfishrp, Nov 12, 2007.

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  1. Bowfishrp

    Bowfishrp Member

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    I was loading some primers in come LC 30-06 brass and broke the lever on my lee auto prime. I removed the crimp from all of them but of course there are still a couple that are tight. Do these levers break often? I will call Lee and see if they will do anything about it. I noticed some of the comments on Midway said that some of the guys have replaced numerous levers on theirs.
     
  2. Bowfishrp

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    Just spoke with Lee and they are sending me another lever free of charge.
     
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    They break. They're cheap - buy extras.

    I usually do a yearly purchase of spare decapper pins and a couple AutoPrime levers.
     
  4. Hutch

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    I have broken a lever, twice, and had the body of the device fail where the shell holder goes. I have 3, and I keep 1 with the large primer punch, one with the small primer punch, and a spare for when one of the others breaks. They're cheap, they work VERY well, but they ain't durable, nosir.
     
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    Just don't be surprised when you get a bill for the S&H. A few months ago I called them about the bolt being striped on my auto index clamp and they sent me a new clamp and a new ratchet. They sent me $6.50 worth of parts for free but then sent me a $4.00 bill for the S&H. I didn't pay it but I'm sure there's a flag on my account and they will add it to my next order. I'm really not happy with Lee's Customer Service policy if they have the nerve to charge me S&H on a warranty item. (but that's nothing new for Lee)
     
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    My Auto prime is 13 yrs old and has been milled out with a dremel tool for priming .50 AE and Beowulf! It still works great although the clear cover is yellow and it barely stays on when I prime! I have to use a bit of scotch tape sometimes. It came with an Anniversary setup I started loading with and even new they are only about $13-15. Good little tools!
     
  7. Bowfishrp

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    I bought an extra lever from Midway and still waiting on the replacement from Lee. I sure wont be happy if they charge me for shipping.
     
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