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Old 02-16-2014, 11:05 AM   #1
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So far, I've been priming on my Hornady LNL. It works okay most of the time, but at the same time I have more "issues" with priming than with ALL OTHER combined. This last time, I broke the plastic tip on the aluminum primer pick-up tube. It's a small problem, but at the same time it stops me from re-loading until it's fixed.
I've seen the various hand priming tools but don't know much about them. I'm sure some are "better" than others.....I'm looking for some advice. Thanks.
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So far, I've been priming on my Hornady LNL. It works okay most of the time, but at the same time I have more "issues" with priming than with ALL OTHER combined. This last time, I broke the plastic tip on the aluminum primer pick-up tube. It's a small problem, but at the same time it stops me from re-loading until it's fixed.
I've seen the various hand priming tools but don't know much about them. I'm sure some are "better" than others.....I'm looking for some advice. Thanks.
For the most part, I use the universal primer unit on my RCBS RC press.

I have used the Hornady hand primer, and it works OK, but does have hang-ups from time to time.

My absolute favorite hand priming tool is no longer in production - the old Lee hand primers, the ones with the screw in shell holders, and I still use them often. Problem is, I don't have shell holders for some calibers.
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I don't consider hand priming tools safe at all. If one goes off your holding a mini-grenade. Not fun. One of our members got his hand torn up with one of those things.

Priming is always the hard part of loading.

Best manual primer I know of is the rcbs automatic primer http://www.midwayusa.com/product/457599/rcbs-automatic-bench-priming-tool

Its safe it totally seperates the primer being used from the rest of the others. I use one for some stuff. I keep 3 primer pickup tubes of small and large on hand so I've always got one handy if one breaks. Sturdiest ones are from rdbs or dillon.
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I use the RCBS Hand primer tool when the need arises. With all those tools, one must use caution. If you are paying attention you will never have a problem. The only problems I've had were my fault. I have crushed a couple. Again, I wasn't paying attention to what I was doing and it was my first time using Federal primers (reputedly the softest.) I have yet to set off a primer while reloading, so crushing does not necessarily mean detonation.
Lee makes a good tool, but the RCBS uses normal shell holders, Lee's are proprietary.
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I use a Lee hand primer. I had the old one but I broke the handle. I loaded tens of thousands of rounds on that old one. I have only had the new one for a few months. I have probably loaded maybe 3000 rounds with it. Just a wild guess. But I liked the old one better. The new one does keep you from getting two primers in at once. But it gives me more trouble than the old one.

I have never popped a primer while using a hand tool. But about a week ago I got one in sideways. I pried it out with a tiny screwdriver. I was wearing safety glasses. It went bang! I almost peed myself.
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Ive loaded about 2k or more of various calibers using my RCBS hand primer. I like it. Its simple to use and so far I've not had any priming issues.

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I have never popped a primer while using a hand tool. But about a week ago I got one in sideways. I pried it out with a tiny screwdriver. I was wearing safety glasses. It went bang! I almost peed myself.
I've gotten a few primers in "cock-eyed" about halfway into the pocket where they got stuck. I put my safety glasses on, put the case on the cement floor, and heated the primer with a torch. the case goes one way and the primer disappears somewhere in the basement with a bang. Works for me
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I have the old Lee hand primer. I only use it for rifle, so it's holding up fine. Never had any problems. I always wear eye protection while reloading.
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If speed is not the issue: What about the rcbs ram priming unit?
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I have to agree w/Jon. Hand priming was supposed to be better for consistant seating, but it opens ups a whole new can of worms. Get the feel down on the loading press and it should give perfectly acceptable results. I use the built in priming system on both my Dillon and my RCBS presses and am able to produce extremely accurate ammo
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