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Old 02-16-2014, 11:11 PM   #11
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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.
I did the same thing last summer. I thought about a screwdriver but was sure I would set it off. Then I thought" The long skinny pair of needle nose pliers will do the trick". Long story short I was holding the case in one hand and the pliers in the other when it went off. Case went one way,pliers the other. Never again. I'll just set it off and get it over with the next time.
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I used a Lee hand primer till I broke it. Have a RCBS hand primer I use sometimes and don't see an issue as long as the case mouth is pointed in a safe direction. I have used the priming system that came with my Lyman T-Mag and it works fine but I would rather prime on the down stroke rather than the up stroke so use a RCBS ram primer when priming on the press. Of course when using the Dillon I prime with it.

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In case anyone is interested, I found a YouTube video comparing Lee And RCBS hand priming tools. It appears that the RCBS is superior to the Lee (the new Lee, not the old Lee)....I have to agree. If choosing the RCBS there are two options available. One model takes shell holders and the other model has a "universal" case holding device. The universal model is known to have more problems, especially with .45 Colt.... but the need for buying a bunch of shell holders is eliminated.

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Thx prof. YouTube is a great source of info with a handy video on most any firearm subject.
I have the old Lee, but we were both new when I got it.

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I'm sure I haven't been reloading as long as some of you have so feel free to take what I say with a grain of salt. That said; I love my RCBS universal hand priming tool. No shell holders needed. I just give the case a couple of small spins as I start the stroke of the tool be make sure its centered nicely. Works like a charm.
http://ads.midwayusa.com/product/319794/rcbs-universal-hand-priming-tool

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My regret is not buying more shell holders for the old style Lee hand primers. Their simplicity lends to near flawless operation.

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IME, the RCBS bench mounted tool is far better than any hand priming tool.

It's fast, and safe. And uses standard shell holders

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The Lee hand priming tool will prime 50 rounds of just about anything in about 3 or 4 minutes. I have not used anything that is near that fast. And no I do not point the case mouth at myself.

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The Lee hand priming tool will prime 50 rounds of just about anything in about 3 or 4 minutes. I have not used anything that is near that fast. And no I do not point the case mouth at myself.
Rick, the RCBS bench mounted tool is considerably faster than that. And the case mouth points up at all times.
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