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old Lyman Turret press - primer assembly question

Discussion in 'Handloading and Reloading' started by thomis, Jan 25, 2013.

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  1. thomis

    thomis Member

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    I think its the "Spar T" model. I used to sit beside my Grandfather and watch him load for hours using this press. My job was to fill the brass primer rods with primers. I inherited the press years ago when he passed. The brass rod was broken off during transit so I've used it the last 15 years by loading a single primer at a time. Well, I finally called Lyman and they actually had the parts to sell me. I got both brass primer rods, the small and large sizes. So I went to fill them last night and...I seem to remember, many years ago, stabbing the primers with the bottom part of the tube and the primers would stay in there, one after the next. It doesn't work that way now. I'm wondering if there is still a part missing or I'm doing something wrong. The only way I can fill them now is to hold it upside down and put them in carefully, one at a time. What am I missing?

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  2. rcmodel

    rcmodel Member in memoriam

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    Never had one.

    But you should be able to fill them as you stated by pressing the brass end down over inverted primers and they should stay in.

    At least that is how most primer tubes work.

    There should be a wire hairpin clip through the hole in the aluminum part to keep them from falling out when inverted to put it in the primer attachment on the press.

    Maybe squeeze the end of the brass tube just enough to keep them from falling back out when picking them up out of the primer flipper?

    My old RCBS tubes have a little wire clip on the end of the tube to provide the necessay friction.

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    All the primers should be inverted by flipping the tray over after alinement. Then using the top of the tube start stabbing. When you place the tube in the feeder they will be correct side up. The top of the tube should be split and expand when the primers are inserted
     
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    yes! that works.
    thanks salpal!
     
  5. MR835

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    You have a WORKHORSE

    THOMIS: That Press is a workhorse. If you keep it clean and lubed it will last many years. I have two that are 53yrs Old and I use them very often. I purchased mine when they hit the market along with a lyman 55 powder measure. I use to keep two die set on each press. For the last 20+ yrs one is 9mm only. A one 30 carbine only. I take mine down and clean and lube, every 2500 rounds. And have loaded Thousands & Thousands of rounds.

    Take Care Of It And It Will Serve You WELL.

    SAFE SHOOTING ALWAYS

    MR835 IS GONE:
     
  6. FROGO207

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    I own one of those presses and they are great. Bought it used many years ago and tried to wear it out, definitely not possible.:D As to the primer assy -----I did not like the priming on the press system it had. The first kit I had purchased was a SS Lee with the hand primer and never looked back. Personally I have developed a routine that when seating primers the "feel" or feedback on the handle when seating them is much more sensitive than using a press mounted primer IMHO. BTW I own Lee, RCBS, Lyman, Hornaday, Herters, and MEC presses, all with on the press priming that I do not use, with the exception being the MEC shotshell presses. YMMV
     
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