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Lee Hand Primer = No Federal Primers?

Discussion in 'Handloading and Reloading' started by WhoKnowsWho, Aug 18, 2003.

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  1. WhoKnowsWho

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    Why? Are they more sensitive or something?
     
  2. DamnedDirtyApe

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    Federal primers are a *little* softer, maybe a *little* more sensitive.

    I have used thousands of them in a Lee primer with no problems at all.
     
  3. mothernatureson

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    lee hand primer

    I have one of the lee primer tools. I believe in the instructions, they recommend only win or cci primers. Other brands have detonated while tool is in use. Lee has a great website that would answer this question for you. peace,
    mothernatureson
     
  4. Brian D.

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    Have known of one KB incident with this Lee tool, and indeed it was with Federal primers. Luckily, the gent it happened to is rather mountainous. None of the shrapnel found his "vitals" as Rooster Cogburn might've said. He and his wife plucked out all the little pieces IIRC; no excitable ER doctors had to be involved...;)
     
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    I've probably primed close to 20,000 cases, rifle and pistol, with my Lee Prime-All over the past 17 years using Federal primers, and haven't had a single detonation...
     
  6. Brian D.

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    Mike, the gent I referenced above could have probably quoted you about the same stats in re his reloading history. As I mentioned, he's the only person around here to have done it, far as I know...and I just LOVE listenin' for juicy gun-related gossip! ;)
     
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    I actually have a friend who had a mishap with one of the Lee tools. Half of his mustache ended up stuck to the wall. Emergency room visit but no permanent damage. There were about 75 Federal primers in it when it blew. I have never used Federal primers in one, and since this accident, I only load 50 at a time.
     
  8. Mike Irwin

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    Did I mention that I NEVER load more than 20 primers in it at one time (in case something does happen), and that after EVERY use the tray, lid, and components are washed in hot, soapy water to ensure that there is no explosive primer residue still adhering to the surfaces that might cause problems?

    No?

    I should have. :)
     
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    "and that after EVERY use the tray, lid, and components are washed in hot, soapy water "


    WOW! What a bunch of work, Mike. I have never heard or residue causing problems; have you?

    I use the Lee tool all the time, often with fed match primers. And like mike, just do 20 or so at a time. No problems.
     
  10. Mike Irwin

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    "I have never heard or residue causing problems; have you?"

    Yes, I have.

    Think about it, though.

    Primer compound is very sensitive to friction or impact.

    Letting it build up on any surface is not a good idea.
     
  11. Neal Bloom

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    Thanks for the tip Mike.
     
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    more sensitive. There was a recent thread here or on Glocktalk concerning someone who recently had a tray full of Federal primers blow up on him while using a Lee Loadmaster. Bottom line, follow the manufacturer's recommendations..
     
  13. dan_s

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    Glocktalk - Reloading. See "My Son got blown up"
     
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