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Offline Jamer

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Priming tools
« on: February 23, 2020, 08:42:44 AM »
I have been using a RCBS hand priming tool for years and its finally wearing out. It's worked fairly well but kind of a pain for getting set up to use. I'm looking for some suggestions on a replacement. Thanks!

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Re: Priming tools
« Reply #1 on: February 23, 2020, 09:23:51 AM »
I like the Lee Auto Bench Prime.
Around $40
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Re: Priming tools
« Reply #2 on: February 24, 2020, 04:04:08 AM »
Thanks, I'll take a look at it.

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Re: Priming tools
« Reply #3 on: February 24, 2020, 04:46:57 AM »
I like the Lee Auto Bench Prime.
Around $40
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Re: Priming tools
« Reply #4 on: February 24, 2020, 05:27:09 AM »
I had the RCBS for years also and actually went through 2 of them.  After extended use they donít seat the primers flat was the problem.

I thought Iíd spend more money and get a superior product with the Frankford Arsenal hand primer.  It works but not really worth the extra money at all. The way the primers feed isnít consistent and they use a proprietary shell holder included with the kit.  They are made of cheap metal and mine chipped within a couple of hundred rounds.  I sent them an email and they sent me 2 new sheíll holders though.

Iíll probably try a Lee now myself.
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Re: Priming tools
« Reply #5 on: February 24, 2020, 06:39:12 AM »
Get the RCBS universal hand primer. The other RCBS hand tool that you have is a POS. I went through the same struggles as you.
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Re: Priming tools
« Reply #6 on: February 24, 2020, 07:10:58 AM »
For pistol, I use the Lee auto and for rifle I do them one at a time on the turret press.

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Re: Priming tools
« Reply #7 on: February 24, 2020, 08:42:44 AM »
Rcbs universal hand primer tool for me. Works plenty well for both large and small primers. Eventually Iíll probably buy another so I donít have to keep changing it between large and small.

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Re: Priming tools
« Reply #8 on: February 24, 2020, 09:04:37 AM »
Rcbs universal hand primer tool for me. Works plenty well for both large and small primers. Eventually Iíll probably buy another so I donít have to keep changing it between large and small.

 :yeah:  I just have to actually "feel" whats going on.

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Re: Priming tools
« Reply #9 on: February 24, 2020, 09:26:01 AM »
Yep, RCBS Universal hand tool is the right answer.
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Re: Priming tools
« Reply #10 on: February 24, 2020, 09:44:06 AM »
So the rcbs without a press type shell holder is better than the one that uses shellholders ? 

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Re: Priming tools
« Reply #11 on: February 24, 2020, 09:46:34 AM »
I havenít used one that shell holders are needed for but the universal one has worked plenty well priming everything Iíve tried in it.
Canít really see a need for using a shell holder.

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Re: Priming tools
« Reply #12 on: February 24, 2020, 12:41:17 PM »
I used to use a Lee hand primer but over the years I've broken multiple handles.  A few years ago I bought a Frankford Arsenal hand priming tool because it seemed considerably more robust.  The FA priming tool is definitely considerably more stoutly built, but they're a little on the heavy side and they're kind of crudely made/cast.  Mine out of the box wouldn't feed primers from the tray until I took it apart and deburred then polished the little channel from the tray to the hole the primer drops into.  After a bit of deburring/sanding and polishing, it's worked flawlessly.  Would I buy the same one again, probably not.  My dad's been using the RCBS benchtop priming tool for a long time and he likes it really well.  For me, I already have to much sh1t mounted to my loading bench so I prefer a hand priming tool.  Also, I can sit and watch tv while I'm priming a few hundred pieces of brass.  :tup:

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Re: Priming tools
« Reply #13 on: February 24, 2020, 12:44:23 PM »
So the rcbs without a press type shell holder is better than the one that uses shellholders ? 

If only because you don't have to buy and use different shellholders.  It is surprisingly well-designed, in that it centers and captures the case pretty well.  I still find I need to feel the primer begin seating properly, but I have used it to load thousands of rounds without issue.

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Re: Priming tools
« Reply #14 on: February 24, 2020, 01:24:10 PM »
I must be an odd ball still using the primer function on the rock  chucker press :dunno:

 


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