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Who makes the best hand priming tool?

 
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Old 05-31-2011, 08:57 AM
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Re: Who makes the best hand priming tool?

I use a Sinclar, and have a RCBS and used it for years before I got the Sinclair. I have been very pleased with the Sinclair and like it better than the RCBS. I have no experience with the K&M or Lee.
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Re: Who makes the best hand priming tool?

I use a K&M most of the time, but also prime alot with the device on my Co-Ax press. Both are very accurate
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Old 05-31-2011, 10:58 AM
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Re: Who makes the best hand priming tool?

I am using the Horndy Auto Hand Priming Tool and it works excellent. Give you enough feel on primer seeting.
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Re: Who makes the best hand priming tool?

Steve, are you using Lyman's press priming arm or their one of their "ram prime" devices? Anyway, both are capable of putting much more pressure on a primer than anyone's hand primer. If the Lyman press isn't putting them all the way in something is wrong with your setup.

Sinclair's hand primer is one of the very 'best' but Lee's is much less costly while fully as capabile of doing good work. I have two that I got in '87, everyone said the handles break easily so I wanted a back-up. Both are still doing great but then I have enough mechanical aptitude to know when something is wrong and don't try to bulldoze my tools when there's a problem.
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Re: Who makes the best hand priming tool?

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Steve, are you using Lyman's press priming arm or their one of their "ram prime" devices? Anyway, both are capable of putting much more pressure on a primer than anyone's hand primer. If the Lyman press isn't putting them all the way in something is wrong with your setup.

Sinclair's hand primer is one of the very 'best' but Lee's is much less costly while fully as capabile of doing good work. I have two that I got in '87, everyone said the handles break easily so I wanted a back-up. Both are still doing great but then I have enough mechanical aptitude to know when something is wrong and don't try to bulldoze my tools when there's a problem.
Hey Boomtube,
Hope all is going well your way. I have the Orange Crusher press, and that is what I was using to prime my cases. I have no idea as to how some are slightly unseated. I put a pretty decent amount of pressure on the arm when priming. Not sure what my problem is. I can't say I would have caught the problem this soon had I not just been measuring some primed cases that I had with the headspace guage. I have no other reason to measure the case at that point in my process. I usually measure the case length after sizing. Then after I trim the cases I usually put em back in the tumbler to get all the lube off and then prime. The best I can measure, they are bulging out about .001".
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Re: Who makes the best hand priming tool?

Been using the old Lee style for over 30 years. I wore one out and am well on the way with the second one. Never had a single problem with popping primers and they seat just fine. I like feeling the primer seat also.
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Re: Who makes the best hand priming tool?

"The best I can measure, they are bulging out about .001". "

Okay, that's not much but it shouldn't be. So, let's try to figger out why; it's possible the pockets are too shallow OR your current batch of primers may be too tall. (IF so, you should let the maker know, an email should do it.)

First, try another brand of case (of any caliber) to see if a different pocket will work right with the same box of primers. IF so, it's the pockets.

If not, decap and try another primer (of any brand) to see if they will work in the same pockets. If so, it's the primers.

If they still won't go, decap one of the live primers that has been seated as deeply as you normally would, and look inside. IF it went all the way down, the anvil legs should be flush with the mouth of the primer cup. Measure it's height vs. the depth of the pockets to see if there is a meaningful difference. I actually have the normal depth specifications of primer pockets somewhere ... but I can't find it so I may as well NOT have it... but it's around .122-.125 inch, IF I remember correctly.

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