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It's a Lee Hand Priming tool

Discussion in 'Handloading and Reloading' started by jaztym, Jan 9, 2006.

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  1. jaztym

    jaztym Member

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    :cool: Need help chasing down some shellholder inserts and a spare tool for my old Lee priming tool.
    The one Lee Precision offers now is called the"auto-prime" and has a primer tray attached. I use it for those calibers not covered by appropriate shellholder in my original tool.
    The original tool is made in dull finish white metal, you manually feed each primer into cup. The threaded shellholder inserts are letter stamped. True, manual feed is slow but you can't beat the positive feel and control of seating depth.
    I want a spare tool as backup. I've heard that the tools can break (used mine since 1985) and haven't found anything better.

    If anyone peruses the SINCLAIR catalog you'll see a very similar hand priming tool for a great deal more money than this tool sold for.

    Presently have 8 shellholders and hot for 3 more in B, M, and N.

    Any ideas folks?
     
  2. BigJakeJ1s

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    Just a thought, but the shellholders for the lee trimmers are also threaded. Maybe they're the same?

    Call Lee, I'll bet they can tell you.

    Andy
     
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  4. bogie

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    If you like the Lee single-primer tool, look for a K&M primer. Same good feel, only about $40ish, and it takes Lee shellholders. I've got Lees, a K&M, and a Kneuler (precursor of the Sinclair).
     
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    As per your previous post on this subject I have the same tool with shellholders L and F. This would include a large primer rod w/spring and what I think is the small primer rod. Everything is in good shape . If you check your e-mail account on yahoo you will find that I sent you a e-mail on this. Make me an offer and we will talk business.
     
  6. veteco1/22inf

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    Do not know if anyone was able to help yet but this is what I have Two hand primer tools and seven shellholders letters are c,f,f,l,m,n,k if you need let me know and I can send to you if you need.
     
  7. jaztym

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    msg for veteco1/22inf

    interested in your primer tool offer. Please check your private msgs!

    Thanks, :confused: jaztym
     
  8. Rockstar

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    Here's another thought: Get rid of that potmetal p.o.c. and buy yourself an RCBS hand-priming tool that uses "regular" shellholders and isn't made of potmetal. ;)
     
  9. YellowLab

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    yeah.. throw away that perfectly good tool and buy something more expensive.. cause somene on a message board told you to. He's probibly thrown a a dozen or so away, because you are not a man till you brag about throwing good tools away. :rolleyes:
     
  10. jaztym

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    Ouch

    Hey guys, all I want is a tool that continues to do a nice job like my old Lee does.
    By way of "by the way", I've used the RCBS tool and was equally impressed to it's similar tool which I do own; the LEE AUTO-PRIME.

    Thats why I want to keep rolling with the original LEE item.
    You just don't get the seating feel or depth control you get with my LEE.

    Because you replied; I know you care!:rolleyes:
     
  11. Rockstar

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    A man who throws away a potmetal p.o.c. isn't a man who's thrown a good tool away. If $20-or-so is too expensive for a quality hand-primer that uses standard shellholders, then you certainly deserve and have my pity.
     
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    I wore out a Lee auto prime hand tool in a few years of reloading. The thing stretched somehow. I started getting high primers, couldn't figure why until I inspected the tool. :rolleyes: I bought a C press and the auto prime tool that fits on a press to do my priming. The Lee C press was dirt cheap! I didn't like that primer tool anyway. My thumb would be sore as heck after priming a few hundred cases.

    I don't know what I did with that thing. If I could find it, you could have what I have in the way of shell holders, but I might have chunked it. The press loading auto prime uses the normal slide in case holders that work with the press. It's a pretty heavy duty rig and shouldn't break anytime soon and my thumb appreciates the leverage of the C press. :D
     
  13. veteco1/22inf

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    Tried to reply to your post don't know if it went reply here and let me know
     
  14. P-32

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    The Lee Auto Prime is the only Lee product I own. Mine has been doing just fine for over 20 years. (a little lube goes a long ways) I bought mine before RCBS even thought of making one. While I understand it's not RCBS like most of the equipment I have, it has served me well enough to help me make a High Power master.
     
  15. Wolfen

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    jaztym -

    Got em. Unfortunately , I need'em. They go with my set of B,D,E,F,H,K,L,MN & N. Also have both Large and Small primer rods w/springs.

    I too have had an used them for may , many years. Never let me down. I have them, along with my 16 LEE Case Trimmers, 2 Primer Pocket cleaners and two Inside Neck Brushes in an old wood ETALON Micrometer box. It's my case prep box and everything I need is in there.

    I like the the tools and try to keep an eye out for any I don't have when I go to local Gun Shows. I picked up the MN holder at a local Gun Show last month.

    Hope you can find what you need soon.
     
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    Anyone know of a hand priming tool for 12 or 16 gauge shotshells?

    Bob
     
  17. jaztym

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    Appreciate.....

    I know just what you mean about the LEE tool. I try to scrounge at gun shows and the like to fill out my supply of inserts.

    Are you sure you can't part with any of yours?
    "Look into my eyes....":what:
     
  18. jaztym

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    I hear you!

    Funny you should mention seating problems with the LEE AUTO-PRIME. I occassionally get that symptom too ---aggravating :cuss: .
    Didn't have it with the the RCBS; but I didn't use it that much at all. Felt too much like the LEE AUTO-PRIME. just enough to be a turnoff!!!! :banghead:
    When I first started reloading, I used the RCBS accessory to put in primers with my RCBS JR. Works fine BUT again, I really do like the seating control and feel you get with the old hand tool. Also lets me tell if primer pocket is "loose". If any of this peaks your interest; you can see the similar tool sold by SINCLAIR.COM but very very expensive!!
    Thanks for your input!;)
     
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    I have been hoping to hear from you. Please check your private msgs!

    Interested in your offering:)
     
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  21. Milanodan

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    Yes, a very old thread. But I have one of these old hand priming tools, but can only find the shellholder for 30/06, etc.

    I need one for belted magnum cases. Anyone have one for sale?
     
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