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Preventing Primers on the floor

Discussion in 'Handloading and Reloading' started by I0sens, Mar 6, 2010.

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  1. I0sens

    I0sens Member

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    I am a generally happy user of the LEE Turret press, but one thing that annoys me and I have
    not found a solution yet, is that when I re-size and decap the primer, the spent primer falls down the slot in the ram and then takes off whatever which way.

    I already have placed a pretty big box below my bench, but not only is this inconvenient, but still the primers still find their way onto the floor.

    How can I direct spend primers to fall where I want them to?


    Thanks for your thoughts
     
  2. Col

    Col Member

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    hi,,there is a little device,which slots into the ram designed to prime cases,,it also guides the old primers into the box and then a tube
     
  3. buck460XVR

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    I always thought spent primers on the floor of your reloading room were like empty peanut shells on a barroom floor.......just adds to the ambiance.:D
     
  4. Dave Bone

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    I cut a notch in my bench, recessed the press, and hold a small plastic container in place with a metal clip. One will still get away every once in a while.

    You can view pics of my installation in the Lee Pro 1000 thread.
     
  5. The Bushmaster

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    We are talking about the Lee cast iron turret are we not? Easy fix. Take a piece of styrafoam and cut it to size to fit in the slot of the ram leaving room for the spent primer to fall through to the catch tube. Just fill the slot and not the hole. Also make sure that the styrafoam does not hang up as the ram enters the base.

    I don't have any use for the priming device that Lee put in there either. I use Lee's Auto Prime II in a single stage press next to my Cast Turret.
     
  6. Slamfire

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    I hated picking up primers out of the carpet, or the concrete floor.

    My Redding T-7 has a hollow ram. Primers go into the ram, through a plastic tube, and into a small water bottle on the end.

    I just dump the bottle into the trash can.

    No more primers on the floor.
     
  7. snuffy

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    I0sens, is it this lee turret?

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    If so, you're pretty much going to have to put up with it. That's one of the things lee eliminated when re-designing the new classic turret. I tried many different things to control where the primers went with my old deluxe turret pictured above. I sold it to a buddy just starting out, then bought the new lee classic turret. The turrets them selves will fit in the new one, you will have to re-adjust the dies though.
     
  8. chris in va

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    Interesting. My Hand Press is closed at the bottom so I just turn the thing upside down and empty it every 25 rounds or so.
     
  9. Curator

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    Try fitting a large plastic drinking straw (like from McDonald's) in the ram's priming slot. This will keep spent primers from shooting out and onto the floor. Some cut and fit is required to get the right length and you can't use the primer arm with the tube in place. (I prime seperately anyway with the Lee primer tool)
     
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    I agree with Curator. This is how I have my Rockchucker setup but with the addition on a piece of thin cardboard cut into a "T" with the crossarm about 1/2" thick and the upright leg of the "T" cut to the width of the slot that your priming arm goes. This also helps in directing the spent primers into the catch tray. The cardboard I used is from a empty primer box so if it gets damaged in anyway I can just cut a new one no problem.
     
  11. The Bushmaster

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    Snuffy...I used one of those for around 20 years before I replaced it with the cast iron version. See that extra hole? Mine was threaded. I made an "L" shaped fence about 3/4" high that went about an 1 1/2" up the left side and across the front. Used the extra hole in the base and a short bolt. Stopped "primers on the floor" problem.
     
  12. odies dad

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    I just tried the soda straw idea. I loaded up 50 rounds of 357 and used a straw to catch the spent primers. I cut it off so the straw would fit in the channel with the ram all the way down. I could have left it sticking out because I don't need to run the ram all the way down on the 357 cases. I folded over the bottom end of the straw to keep them from going through and it would hold about 20 before I had to dump them out. Took a bit more time, but now I don't have to sweep up the floor.
    Thanks for the good idea.
     
  13. shootinxd

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    IOsens,if the press you have is like mine,you can make a mount and attach to the front of the work bench.Container is from my favorite ice cream.:neener:The shield on the side guides any strays.This is one of those winter projects I was gona do 2 yrs ago.Finally got one of those roundtuits.
     

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    I use a hand primer, so I took the primer arm out of the press. Spent primers fall through the slot and into a waiting trashcan.
     
  15. swampboy

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    This is exactly the method I use with my "NON-Classic", old fashioned "Deluxe" Lee Turret Press.
     
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