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Priming with a hand held tool vs. Press

Discussion in 'Handloading and Reloading' started by WhoKnowsWho, Feb 9, 2003.

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Which do you use to Prime?

  1. Hand Held Priming Tool

    42 vote(s)
    54.5%
  2. Single Stage Press

    11 vote(s)
    14.3%
  3. Turret Press

    2 vote(s)
    2.6%
  4. My Progressive press does it for me

    16 vote(s)
    20.8%
  5. I use a rubber mallet and a good vise

    2 vote(s)
    2.6%
  6. Other

    4 vote(s)
    5.2%
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  1. WhoKnowsWho

    WhoKnowsWho Member

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    Which do you use to prime your cases?
     
  2. coonan357

    coonan357 Member

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    I use both the rcbs hand primer when I want to knock out a large amount while I watch tv . and the lee autoprimeII to which attaches to my press when I am in my reloading room . ussually I use the AP when my hands are giving me fits or when I have a buddy over reloading with me .
     
  3. Sisco

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    I load on a Lee turrent, prime with a Lee hand prime. Usual procedure is to take a couple hundred freshly sized & polished cases, inspect them & prime them while watching TV. Now & then I can even talk one of the kids into sorting the brass for me.
     
  4. WhoKnowsWho

    WhoKnowsWho Member

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    Ahh, the benefits of kids, slave labor! :D
     
  5. Jeeper

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    WHen I load on my rockchucker i use the hand primer. My dillon does it for me.
     
  6. benewton

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    Going with the Jeeper...

    Rifles go through the Rockchucker, since I wonder about the safety of delubing brass via the tumbler, and so go the hand route.

    Handgun ammo goes through the 650, and so, priming is its problem.
     
  7. swifter

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    After some failures with my Lee handprimer, I went to a Bonanza/Co-Ax bench mounted primer tool, on s wood block, C-clamped where I need it. You really can adjust all the slop out of one of these.I remove and discard the primer seater from my single-stages, and no longer load for rifle on my 550 because I don't like the way it seats primers:neener: .
    Tom
     
  8. PaulS

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    I was going to click on the vice and rubber mallet but my hammer isn't rubber.
    I actually have and use two Lee hand - held priming tools. I only tried twice to let the press do it and it didn't.

    PaulS
     
  9. Flash Hole

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    I use a RCBS ram priming unit P/N 09165
    I have the system down that allows uniformity and speed.
    I dont think Rcbs makes this unit anymore.

    JOHN
     
  10. Mannlicher

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    I find myself using the RCBS hand primer more and more. Like others, priming while watching tv works for me. I do not load a heavy volume of cartridges, mostly straight wall hand gun stuff.
     
  11. 444

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    Like the other guys I use my Lee hand priming tool when I am loading on the single stage press and I prime on the press when using my Dillon 550s. I used the Lee hand priming tool for about close to 20 years before I got the progressive; the same Lee tool the whole 20 years.
     
  12. Standing Wolf

    Standing Wolf Member in memoriam

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    My Rock Chucker has been an outstanding press for three decades; its priming system, however, didn't give me a feel for primers, and the feed tube, no matter what I tried, occasionally tipped a primer sideways. Hand priming takes longer, but seems to give me more consistent, better results.
     
  13. Stephen Ewing

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    I'm another guy who just can't get a good enough feel with the press. Too much mechanical advantage on the Rockchucker for me, and after I broke two of the Lees, I switched to the RCBS hand primer.
     
  14. Don of Kalifornia

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    On rifle cartridges I use the RCBS, as I use my Dillon like three single stage presses, but for pistol I use the priming set up on my Dillon.


    Don of **********
     
  15. Mal H

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    RCBS hand tool for pistol and rifle.
     
  16. shootingfarm

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    When I use a single stage press I use a Lee hand primmer, when I use my Dillon SDB the press does it and does it very well.


    Paul
     
  17. jw29650

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    I use the hand primer. I have tryed to use the priming arm on my Lee turrent, but it does not seat the primer deep enought when using the auto advance function. For rifle loading, I use the Lee hand priming tool with great success.

    JW
     
  18. Steve in PA

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    Rockchucker single stage press.......why change something thats not broken.
     
  19. RugerSAFan

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    RCBS Hand Primer.
    I seemed to get the primers stuck in the very beginning, but after
    the first 500 rounds, not a problem. Pretty quick in my opinion...
     
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    Just installed the Lee Safety Prime on my SS press tonight. Worked like a charm, and a whole lot easier on my aging hands than the hand primer.
     
  22. Steve C

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    I generally load handgun ammo that gets shot a lot on my Hornady LNL AP and use the priming operation of the press.

    For small batches of rifle or handgun ammo and for load development of under a 100 or so rounds in a session I use a single stage press and most often a Lee hand priming tool.
     
  23. Palehorseman

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    Lee hand primer, I like the feel of positive seating of primers.
     
  24. mbopp

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    I use a Lee hand held priming tool for everything using small primers. I don't load that much large primer stuff so it gets primed on the Rockchucker.
     
  25. EddieNFL

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    Depending on what I'm loading, all of the above. Mallet and vise are for extreme situations only.
     
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