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Lee Safety Primer issue

Discussion in 'Handloading and Reloading' started by Hansgunner, Aug 4, 2013.

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  1. Hansgunner

    Hansgunner Member

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    I'm reloading 9mm on a Classic Lee Turret press. No problems with primer insertion with the Lee Safety Primer for 38 special or 45 Colt - but the Safety primer doesn't jibe with the primer guide and drops most of the primers - anyone had this type of problem ?
     
  2. Sport45

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    Ya got me. What could be different between the .38 special and 9mm? Shouldn't it be dropping the same primers into the same primer arm?
     
  3. Reefinmike

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    unscrew the front bolt and readjust the angle the bracket is facing so that your safetyprime lines up with the primer arm. the caliber of the dies in your turret has nothing to do with the way the safety prime lines up with the primer arm...
     
  4. Beretta96

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    Mine likes to be slightly off center and it works better. It takes some fiddling sometimes but you'll get it dialed in.
     
  5. elwoodm

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    remember this stuff is plastic so it can warp. i always put the primer dish back in the box it came in to keep it straight. move that mounting bracket around until it lines up with the lever when the ram is up with a shell in the die that way the play in the set up is taken out. by now you should know that you have to mess with everything to get it to work right.:banghead:
     
  6. Nordeste

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    Reefenmike got it spot on. It takes some fiddling to get it adjusted, and there will be a chance that you'll be bending over every once in a while to pick up a primer from the floor.
     
  7. Lost Sheep

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    Primer guide? If you are talking about the priming arm and spring-loaded cup atop the arm, that is one thing (and the interpretation that most respondents seem to understand). If you are talking about dropping the primers when the priming arm enters the slot in the press' ram, that is quite something else.

    The priming device/dispenser MUST be operated gently and in two separate efforts. Push the swinging arm forward into alignment with the priming cup until it is in full engagement (in all three axes, up/down, left/right and fore/aft). THEN press down on the dispensing lever and release. Then let the dispenser arm swing back.

    Alignment is critical. You may need to use shims to adjust vertical alignment.

    Good luck.

    Lost Sheep
     
  8. Reefinmike

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    Idea- Perhaps you have your decapping/sizing die down too far... you want the shell holder to barely kiss the bottom of the die. too far down the safetyprime doesnt fit in snug with the priming arm and you are you are just priming air.
     
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