Lee's New Ergo Prime.
In short, it is not perfect but it ain't bad. I rate it 8 of 10. I am a tough
grader; my RockChucker only gets a 9 of 10.
The weight and ergonomics are excellent, some of Lee's equipment has
a cheap plastic feel, this unit does not. Very smooth and effortless action.
First ding on the design: I thought the square pans were going to be able to
take a full flat primer tray and inver them with the primer laying flat, nope
they are a triangular section raises to guide the primer into the feed
channel. Most of them fit but you still have to play with 2-3 primers. Still
much better than the old round design.
Second ding: is for reliable operation of the two stage primer feed operation
you have the hold the tool only 10-20° up from horizontal. What that
means in if you have a case in the tool and you are pointing at a wall a line
eminating from the case would be tilted up 10-20° from horizontal. If you
do not do this then the primers do not feed consistantly in to the two stage
operation. What was happening to me was that 2 primers would bet double
stacked on the first stage ram and lift the plastic cover off the tray, possible
spilling primers all over. I did not spill any and figured out how to get them
to feed consistantly.
Once you get the hang of the angle, it does prime fast with little to no
fatigue. Again a very smooth action.
Got a 1000 primers (Large pistol) thru it. Once over the inital
learning curve it is a pleasant tool to use.
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