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Catching primers from an RC II

Discussion in 'Handloading and Reloading' started by FallAirFever, Nov 29, 2012.

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  1. FallAirFever

    FallAirFever Member

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    I had an older Rock Chucker II press given to me. Nice solid and smooth unit for sure!
    The only thing I like about my Lee better is the primer catcher is there a trick or some improvised devise I can use to catch the primers when I am resizing?

    Thanks!!
     
  2. rcmodel

    rcmodel Member in memoriam

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    Not elegant, but it works about 99% of the time.

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    It helps a lot if you leave the primer arm in place too.

    rc
     
  3. ranger335v

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    I tried several shield designs to catch 'em but even the best couldn't stop the spillage when the "catcher" had to be removed; it sucked.

    My final solution is a little Lee "Reloader" press with a Lee Universal Decapper and a bottom feed through so the spent caps go into a jar. Then I got a second Reloader to use with Lee's Autoprime II. I love that combonation!

    IF the Lee Classic Cast had been available when I bought my RC II my main press would be red, it's a better press in everyway.
     
  4. gamestalker

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    That's very similar to how I do it RC. I still get a couple now and then that will bounce off the shield no matter what I do.

    GS
     
  5. rcmodel

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    I tried a small flat paint brush for a while.
    I had it taped to the press just hanging down in front of the slot to slow them down.

    It worked really great, and I was going to build a mount that fit in the primer arm slot to hold it in position.

    But I never did get a Round Tuit.

    Dumping the tray problems.

    Another use for a small paint brush is to brush them all into the primer catcher tray before you take it off the press.

    Then too, I have an old ammo crate under the bench I pull out under the press when I dump them. It catches everything else.

    rc
     
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    I have a 12 inch round SS dish that I use for various things around the bench. One of those things is I hold it just under the primer catch tray/linkage area when I remove the primer tray. I catch all of them. I use an old credit card pressed in to the same area that RC uses to deflect mine, shorter but works 99.9 % of the time to stop runaways.:D BTW my press is old enough that I have an aluminum tray on mine.
     
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    I have a red soda straw stuffed in the primer arm slot that directs most of them into the tray.
     
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    I do something similar as rcmodel, but my hand is the "shield".

    The "shield" is moved out of the way with each case. Probably does not catch as many primers though.
     
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    Yep the soda straw works for me too when I use the old RCII. Most of the time I use my LCT now. Like Ranger said, If I ever replace the RC it will be with the Lee Classic Cast.
     
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    I'm going to replace my old RC... when it wears out LOL!
     
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    About the same time when pigs fly?:)
     
  12. ranger335v

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    I've never seen any press from any maker that was truly 'wornout' from proper use. Neglected with lack of lube or cleaning and rust, yes but not from normal wear.
     
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    This

    Sonic has straws of the correct diameter that RCBS recommends




    posted via that mobile app with the sig lines everyone complaints about
     
  14. GW Staar

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    This thread is a repeat of the one last spring.:) The straw trick was shown, and even a nifty idea of mounting a tube on the bottom of the primer tray to empty your primers into a bottle. RC showed his cardboard fix too.

    RC rightly suggested that the straw wasn't 100% due to the force with which a primer in some cases hits the flat spot under the straw and makes it fly to unknown parts of the room.

    Well.... I've been thinking about it all year, and I've come up with a fairly simple addition to the straw idea, that makes it 100% with the priming arm removed.

    It amounts to making an angled ramp out of epoxy putty to replace the flat spot trouble making area.

    I liked the tube under the press idea, so I drilled a .357 case through the head, drilled a hole in the bottom of the primer tray, and then epoxied the .357 case to the bottom of the tray, using enough epoxy to ramp all sides toward the hole..the 357 case head keeps it from falling through while the epoxy dries.

    Finally I used a candle to bend thin wall rigid clear tubing to clear the press linkage and drop toward a can on the floor. The rigid tubing slips on tight enough to stay, but easy to slide off too. No glue wanted or needed.

    Pictures and video tomorrow if I can swing it.

    If you can roll modeling clay into a 3" long worm, and shape it around the Rock Chucker's frame you can do the same thing with the marine epoxy putty they sell at Home Depot. I used vasoline to coat frame parts I didn't want it to stick to. You can then carve, shape and sand it pretty, or leave it ugly but functional....your choice. :D
     
  15. GW Staar

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    Well, 2nd try. Danged if I didn't erase my video before I could post it and had to do it again today. That's okay, I did a better job the second time.

    I chose to post my idea in a new thread so more people will get to check it out. Works perfectly...100%. No fliers on the floor. The tray doesn't even get to keep a primer.:) No more primer arm in the way either.
     
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