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Unread 04-07-2010, 06:41 PM
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Re: Priming hand tool explosion

".. I watch closely and stop if there is ever any unusual pressure while seating. "

And therein lies the only needed wisdom for repriming with any tools.

Using the "Tim Taylor MORE POWER" method is rarely the answer to anything but seems a certain number of folks just gotta try it. (Witness the number of people who say they've broken off the handles on Lee's Autoprime tools; they are plenty strong enough IF the user pays attention to what's happening!)
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Unread 04-07-2010, 07:41 PM
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Re: Priming hand tool explosion

50 primers in the tray, woow something was waiting to happen... I never put more then 5 primers at the time... Crimped primer pockets on LC brass can give an explosive result when someone tries to stick primer in it
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Unread 04-07-2010, 07:56 PM
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Re: Priming hand tool explosion

i concur with chas 1.
ive been using a lee hand seater for many years, but only 1 at a time.
my main reason for using it isnt speed.
but rather to give me a feel for the condition of the primer pockets.
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Unread 04-07-2010, 08:11 PM
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Re: Priming hand tool explosion

private playing with mk-2 trying to yank out pin, corporal to private: what are you doing dumb ... it will explode!!! private replied: don't worry i got 10 more and pulls out the pin
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Unread 04-07-2010, 09:34 PM
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Re: Priming hand tool explosion

Originally Posted by beauman View Post
My buddy was priming his 223 brass, with a redding hand priming tool. He said he had about 50 primers left in the plastic tray, when the thing blew up. Has anyone had this happen? He had a cut on his face, and lots of cuts on his hand and arm. I told him to call the company, to see what caused this to happen. I'm not sure if he's not telling me the whole story.
As far as I know, Redding does not make a hand priming tool. Only Lee, RCBS and Hornady make them with trays. RCBS has a steel gate that separates the primer being seated from the rest of the tray to help prevent this. I can imagine an upside down primer detonating when you try to seat it, then the blast sets off the rest of the tray, perhaps on any hand primer, but maybe less likely on the RCBS. This would be more likely if large rifle primers were being seated with a small primer punch, and one was upside down.

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Unread 04-08-2010, 04:56 AM
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Re: Priming hand tool explosion

We just had a long discussion of this a short time ago. Concensus was that a build up of priming dust might cause detonation, but it still needs a spark. If primer is upside down, pushing the anvil down should not detonate.

I have Lee Autoprimes, used them for years with no problem. Then heard several stories like this involving tray primers. I bought a K&M single load primer tool, and feel perfectly safe now, but still wear glasses when priming. Any other single stage primer seater is just as good.
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Unread 04-08-2010, 06:23 AM
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Re: Priming hand tool explosion

There is a warning that comes with the Lee AutoPrime. It says never to be used with Federal primers. It list all of the other brands that it can be safely used with. I would be interested in knowing if it was a federal primer. I've also seen warning about never using Federal primers in any autoloading rifle. Must be something going on with them.
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