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What kind or brand of priming tool is this?

Discussion in 'Handloading and Reloading' started by Gewehr98, Mar 18, 2006.

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  1. Gewehr98

    Gewehr98 Member

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    I was going through some boxes of reloading things a late friend left with me, and this neat little priming tool showed up inside a box of dies. It has threaded shellholders for .38 Special, .30 M1 Carbine, and .45 ACP/.308/.30-06 etc.

    I'd like to find out who made it, because it only has a small primer seating stem, and I'd like to use it for my .30-06 and .308 handloading. I'm leery of using a small primer seating stem in the large primer shellholder.

    Any guesses, folks?

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  2. dodgestdshift

    dodgestdshift Member

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    It looks like an old Lee Precision primer seater. I am looking at one for the 357 magnum and its the spitting image.
     
  3. Johnny Guest

    Johnny Guest Moderator Emeritus

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    One I can answer!

    That's the one by Lee Precision. A older one, with the screw-in shell holder.
    Not sure, but I believe it's still in production. Fairly inexpensive.


    There's another, later, version, that uses interchangeable shell holders, too, and uses the Lee tray so you don't have to handle the primers.

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    Johnny Guest Moderator Emeritus

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    See this page of the Lee website. It shows the later version. I see the old ones at gun shows pretty regularly. Ask your older, busier gun shops in your area.

    Best,
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  5. Gewehr98

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    Yeah, I've got one of the later Lee Auto-Prime tools.

    I didn't catch the resemblance until you folks mentioned it. The large diameter primer pin is too long to fit into this older unit. I didn't see the link you pointed to, Johnny, but I know where to dig for support now. Thanks, gents!
     
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