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What Tool Do You Use for Priming?

Discussion in 'Handloading and Reloading' started by JDinFbg, Jun 12, 2019.

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Priming Tool Used

Poll closed Today at 10:37 AM.
  1. Priming Attachment for Press

    38.3%
  2. Stand-Alone Priming Tool

    61.7%
  1. JDinFbg

    JDinFbg Member

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    I'm curious as to how many folks use the priming attachment for their reloading press for priming cases versus using a stand-alone priming tool? If a stand-alone tool is used, what are you using?

    I have always used the priming attachment for my press, but don't like having to pull up on the press handle to seat the primer which, if I don't put my foot on the lower shelf, tends to lift the bench up off the floor (and it's no light-weight bench). I know I can reverse my press stroke orientation, but then I would have the problem when sizing and de-priming cases. I'm straddling the fence on whether I should spend the bucks on a priming tool.
     
  2. 375supermag

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    Hi...
    I use an RCBS bench mounted APS priming tool when I am building test loads or small batches of handloads that I assemble on my RockChucker.
    Large runs of .357, 45ACP and 10mm are done on one of two LnLs so obviously they are primed on the press.
    I just bought a priming attachment for the RockChucker Supreme for my son to prime rifle cartridges.

    I just got a new bench to mount my Dillon 550 on that we will use to do large runs of big bore revolver cartridges, so one that is up and running obviously those will be primed on the press.
     
  3. Kaldor

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    I use both but chose stand alone.

    I use an RCBS bench primer for things I run on my single stage
    I use the on press primer in my LnL AP for bulk stuff
     
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  4. Dewey 68

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    My biggest complaint with using the Lee Pro 1000 was the priming. Get a tipped primer or stuck primer in the chute from the shell plate going out of time and now I've got powder leaking out of cartridges, have to adjust the timing, clean the primer chute, the shell plate, and now I've got cartridges I've got to pull bullets on, etc. Now I use a Frankford Arsenal platinum hand primer. My current routine is to run all my spent cases through the press with a Lee universal decapping die, then clean them in my FART, and then prime them with the hand tool while I watch TV. With this approach it gives me another chance to inspect for defects in the cases, crimped primer pockets on 9 mm cases, and deal with small vs. large 45 ACP primers. Plus my primer pockets are now getting cleaned since I'm decapping before tumbling.

    I am running the cases through the press more than I was, but with the biggest headache removed I can now focus on other things and have probably gained time by not having to stop and clean things up and pull bullets after a reloading session.

    The Frankford seems to be really well built and the depth adjustment is a nice feature. The only downside is it's heavy. For people with arthritis or hand strength issues it's probably not a good fit.
     
  5. otisrush

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    RCBS Hand Priming Tool.
     
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  6. ArchAngelCD

    ArchAngelCD Member

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    I would have to pick both. I prime handgun ammo on press because I load handgun ammo on a Lee Classic Turret Press. I hand prime rifle cases with an RCBS hand primer and load them on a Rockchucker. I have the arm to install primers on the Rockchucker but prefer hand priming.
     
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  7. gifbohane

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    RCBS bench mount priming tool which I like but I am thinking of buying a Redding bench mount priming apparatus. Midway has them for about $50. Some of the reviews have complaints about them being finicky and difficult to set up.

    Standing pat...for today.
     
  8. badkarmamib

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    I load pistol on the Lee ABLP, and use the priming arm. I load rifle on a Lee Challenger SS press, and wrap my hand through the press and squeeze the handle to the press to prime.
     
  9. ATLDave

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    I prime on my presses, but there's not really an "attachment" as such. It's entirely integral to the operation of my Dillon 650, and the priming arm, while removeable, goes right into the center of my LCT.

    If I was lifting my bench or benchtop by priming on the press, I'd stack more weight on my bench. NFW would I go to off-press priming... what a colossal waste of time for what I do.
     
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  10. Whiterook808

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    RCBS Bench mount priming tool. I really like it. I can't use a hand tool very much because my hands cramp up.
     
  11. PO2Hammer

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    I use the RCBS Ram Prime on top of the press when I want no compromise priming for serious ammo.

    My press is glass smooth, and Ram Prime gives excellent feel and leverage when seating.

    For practice ammo I just use the turret's built in priming arm in between sizing and flaring, faster.

    Not a fan of the hand squeezers, I use my hands all day at work, no need to add more labor.
     
  12. Starter52

    Starter52 Member

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    RCBS bench primer for the last 25+ years.
     
  13. forty_caliber
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    On press when using LNL. Lyman RAM prime when using AA8 turret.

    .40
     
  14. Milt1

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    RCBS bench primer
     
  15. mdi

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    Both. I most often use a Lee Bench Prime (after I read the instructions an looked the tool over I can drop a sleeve in the tray and prime 100 cases non-stop) and depending how many cases to prime either my stock priming system on my Co-Ax or a ram prime in my dedicated priming press; a very old Pacific C press...

    If I'm just goofing around I may prime with a Lee Loader (yes, I figgered out how to prevent pops), or ram prime on my hand press...
     
  16. kmw1954

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    Own four different presses and I prime on all four. If everything was going to a single stage press then it wouldn't be an issue. The whole theory behind the turret or progressive press is to prevent taking cases off the press, putting them back On. Off, On, Off On. I believe the progressive idea was to put it on the press and then it stays there until it comes out completed. Next, if sizing and priming off the press then why does anyone need a 5 Station press?
     
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  17. RikSors

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    RCBS Hand Priming Tool for rifle loads. Pistol loads are a different story as they run on a progressive blue xl650 press.

    I prefer hand prime, it gives a better feel. Also a grip exercise.
     
  18. JO JO

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    RCBS hand primer I have both the universal and normal one the uses the shell holder
     
  19. Herman B

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    Precision/hunting rifle rounds are primed off-press with a Frankford Arsenal Platinum Series Hand Primer then loaded on a Redding T-7. Handgun fodder is primed/loaded on a Dillon 550C. The right tool for the job.
     
  20. alsaqr

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    An RCBS Jr. reloading press.
     
  21. D Rock

    D Rock Member

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    I prime on my Lee Classic Turret press. Never had any issues with the old Safety Prime, and now that I have the newest version I like it even more. Smooth as glass, never a dropped primer and loads down to the very last primer.

    Dave
     
  22. Arkansas Paul

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    Depends on what I'm doing.
    If loading a lot rifle or magnum pistol stuff, I'll use a Hornady hand priming tool.
    If loading a large volume of 9mm, .40 or .45 acp, the Dillon 550 or the Lee turret does the priming.
     
  23. Chuck R.

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    I also use both, Pistol; .223, .300AAC, .308 on Dillon 550 & 650

    Rifles, on an RBCS bench tool.
     
  24. Texas10mm

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    I use a dedicated priming tool. It also does a few other functions. It's called a Dillon 650.
     
  25. Rod47

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    Lyman ram prime for everything. Perfect uniform depth. Lee lockring added for fast adjustment.
     
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