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Best primer seating solution available?

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Unread 06-18-2008, 06:47 AM
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Links: "The sinclair is a fine piece of work but I feel it does nothing better than my $10.00 lee."

Yeah. That's sort of what I was trying to say.

A primer is a primer, a seater is a seater. Any devide that is easy to use and allows us to seat the primers correctly is as good as any other, IMHO.

The Lee's do fine work for me but they aren't as well machined nor all steel, as the Sinclairs are. So....does it really matter to a fired round?
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Unread 06-18-2008, 09:13 AM
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Maybe I should have started another thread for this question. I have the RCBS had primer with the tray. I have problems feeding from the tray to the seater. The primer has difficulty transfering into the area above the seating pin. Is there a know fix for this. Maybe I'am not hold my mouth just right;).
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Unread 06-18-2008, 09:32 AM
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I have an rcbs and it had problems seating large primers all the way down. They sent me all kinds of new parts but nothing worked. It works well with small primers so that's what I use it for. I did see they have a universal tool that requires no shell holders which seems like a nice idea. I just wonder how well it works.
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Unread 06-18-2008, 09:49 AM
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I highly recommend the RCBS APS hand primer. This one uses the strips, so you also need the tool for loading primers into the strips (very easy to do). It has a universal snap-in/out shellholder which allows it to handle practically any cartridge out there. Mine has good feel and has never given me any problems.
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Unread 06-18-2008, 02:52 PM
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Not sure if mine is doing the same thing or not... I usually give mine a little flick of the wrist in between cases to get the primers to flow down into the channel and onto the seating ram. Gravity alone does not seem to be sufficient. A little snap of the wrist and it works like a champ, though.

I've got a Lee; seated many primers w/ it. It works, but the handle is uncomfortable as heck for me. If I want to 'feel' the primer now I have a K&M seater (the one w/o the dial indicator) that appears to be functionally more or less equivalent to the Sinclair tool at about 1/2 the price.
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Unread 06-18-2008, 08:52 PM
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The RCBS bench priming tool is the best.
I have a LEE hand priming tool and it is the biggest P.O.S. of all the reloading equipment I have. I use it for reloading at the range and I absolutely hate it.:mad:
The only reason I can see that the LEE has such a following is that those that use it have never used a good priming tool, so they just don't know any better.
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Unread 06-18-2008, 09:55 PM
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I disagree.
No matter how precise the seating 'seems' by feel, primers can only be verified at exactly the same crush by MEASURING this condition before and after seating.

Force means nothing with regard to seating. Especially as the number of reloads climb with any given brass. This is due to pocket expansion/depth variance, and primer brand and thickness variance.
The ingenious K&M accounts for these factors, and allows seating every single primer at a set crush value.
Only the K&M does this.

I can't say it makes alot of difference. But I know my primers, every one, are seated perfect.
The K&M is the best..
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