Quantcast
  1. This site uses cookies. By continuing to use this site, you are agreeing to our use of cookies. Learn More.

High primers. Help needed.

Discussion in 'Handloading and Reloading' started by hawkeye10, Mar 30, 2012.

Thread Status:
Not open for further replies.
  1. hawkeye10

    hawkeye10 Member

    Joined:
    Jan 25, 2010
    Messages:
    223
    Location:
    Murfreesboro, Tn.
    I am using "new" Lake City .223 brass with no crimp and my primers are about 1/1000th high on most of the shells that I have primed. I am using a RCBS Universal hand priming tool. I measured the primer pocket depth of the Lake City brass and some Remington brass and the pockets aren't as deep as the primers are thick. By the way I am loading these for a bolt gun. "Please" I need help or opinions about this. Don
     
  2. bds

    bds Member

    Joined:
    Jan 10, 2010
    Messages:
    13,007
    Location:
    Northwest Coast
    You are measuring the primers with the anvil feet sticking out below the cup. When you seat the primer, you will feel the first resistance which is the bottom of the anvil feet hitting the bottom of the primer pockets (I think this is where you are stopping to get high primers).

    When you continue to seat the primer, the anvil feet will be pushed inside the primer cup as the anvil tip gets "set" against the priming compound and this is the second resistance I feel when I hand prime.

    I reload LC, RP, FC, Winchester, PMC, etc. head stamp cases and can seat SR/.223 primers to .004" below flush. I consider properly seated primers to be .004" below flush and explain why in this post -
    http://www.thehighroad.org/showthread.php?p=7813399#post7813399

    [​IMG]
     
  3. bds

    bds Member

    Joined:
    Jan 10, 2010
    Messages:
    13,007
    Location:
    Northwest Coast
    BTW, if LC brass still has primer pocket crimp, it will prevent full seating of primers.
     
  4. hawkeye10

    hawkeye10 Member

    Joined:
    Jan 25, 2010
    Messages:
    223
    Location:
    Murfreesboro, Tn.
    Thanks for the excellent post BDS. Very informative. I am using new LC brass so there is no primer crimp to deal with. I had primed 100 rounds of 223 and loaded 50 of them so I went back and reseated the primers I hadn't loaded. I did get them seated but had to put a lot of pressure on my RCBS Universal hand priming tool to get them seated. I am new to rifle reloading but have been loading hand gun ammo for over 30 years and I always used a hand priming tool with no problems. Do you think it might be the RCBS priming tool that is giving me some problem? Don
     
  5. bds

    bds Member

    Joined:
    Jan 10, 2010
    Messages:
    13,007
    Location:
    Northwest Coast
    When I am seating SR primers, it will take firm two thumb pressure on the Lee XR hand primer and extra firm pressure for .223 primers. Compared to SP/LP primers, SR/.223 primers take a bit more effort to seat.

    As long as they are seated slightly below flush when you run your finger tip, I wouldn't worry about the extra effort needed to seat them.
     
  6. hawkeye10

    hawkeye10 Member

    Joined:
    Jan 25, 2010
    Messages:
    223
    Location:
    Murfreesboro, Tn.
    Thanks BDS this has helped a lot. Don
     
  7. GLOOB

    GLOOB Member

    Joined:
    Sep 16, 2007
    Messages:
    5,940
    When you have to squeeze that hard, how does this give you more feel? Try priming on your press, man.
     
  8. Fishslayer

    Fishslayer Member

    Joined:
    Jan 1, 2010
    Messages:
    1,942
    Location:
    People's Republik
    What brand primers? I've found I really need to lean on my press lever to get CCI LPP fully seated in the pockets. Winchester (softer) not so much. I believe rifle primers are also harder than pistol.

    x2 for priming on the press.
     
  9. icanthitabarn

    icanthitabarn Member

    Joined:
    Feb 19, 2008
    Messages:
    541
    Location:
    Ct.
    I guess the little rod in the primer is flat end up?
     
Thread Status:
Not open for further replies.

Share This Page