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Who makes the best hand priming tool?

 
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Old 06-30-2013, 08:23 AM
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Re: Who makes the best hand priming tool?

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they could test different crush values with each primer to see if I could get any two of them to act exactly the same
This I know is too fine of an adjustment to match different primer brands.
But I do think striking adjustments 'might' do it.

I suspect the trial & error abstract of [which primer is working best for this chamber/load?] comes down to attributes in striking of primers.
In other words, IMO a particular primer doesn't work better in a gun because it's better than other primers. It's working better in THAT GUN because of THAT GUN'S striking.

I've had to learn(the hard way) that changing striking is just as significant as changing primer make, when a firing pin slipped in it's cocking piece. With this I had to do a bunch of testing to identify the best pin setting for that action/trigger/bolt/primer/load. What I found amidst this was that optimum settings for one primer brand ended up different than for another. And, I was rewarded with better shooting results than I ever would have reached, if not for this event.
Better still, I was rewarded with another new perspective in reloading.

Ever notice nobody tells us where to set our firing pins?
If one rainy day you decide to take down a bolt for total maintenance, be sure to carefully measure released pin protrusion from the boltface(or shroud), and match mark the pin as held, BEFORE disturbing it. Otherwise, you'll screw yourself till it hurts..
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Old 07-01-2013, 10:44 PM
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Re: Who makes the best hand priming tool?

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Ever notice nobody tells us where to set our firing pins?
If one rainy day you decide to take down a bolt for total maintenance, be sure to carefully measure released pin protrusion from the boltface(or shroud), and match mark the pin as held, BEFORE disturbing it. Otherwise, you'll screw yourself till it hurts..
I am pretty lucky in this case because I have a whole safe full of mostly Savage/Stevens stuff setting the pin is a piece of cake and I always check or set them at a bolt head change....But you have a point, maybe I should play around with the settings a little more...My standard setting is between .035 and .045 yet the Savage gurus have claimed .055 as stock setting..I have checked working stuff right "out of the box" anywhere from .025 to .060 or so....All my rifles run tighter headspace than most factory chambers and never had a "problem" with my settings...But now you have me thinking...A longer setting will strike sooner (but not with as much velocity unless the preload is increased)....Primer tuning a whole new ball game (at least for me)!

I most certainly am going to play with this one when the time allows...Thanks for the heads up.

Randy
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Old 08-18-2014, 03:23 PM
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Re: Who makes the best hand priming tool?

I know this is an old thread but they show up in search results so reply may still be of benefit. I use a Sinclair hand primer. Not the fastest but that wasn't the original question. From my perspective it works the best over all.

But I can't quite figure out how the OP determined that .001 was sticking out of the pocket. You cannot see .001 and it would be difficult to measure in this case except with a dial indicator. I suspect the problem is in excess of .001 o inch. I have had this problem in the past and it was the primer pockets that were the problem, not the primers. Primers will crush into what ever space is available for them given the amount of force exerted, even with a hand primer let alone a regular press. The culprit in my case was rounded edge at bottom of cup and easily fixed with pocket reamer. Don't know why this happens but it does Most folks I suspect never notice a very, very slight anomaly in depth. Doubt that it matters much to anyone but a bench shooter or maybe varmint hunter. Hope this helps someone.
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Old 08-19-2014, 06:51 PM
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Re: Who makes the best hand priming tool?

Wow... Zombie thread. This one was resurrected from 2011 & again in 2013.

Since it's come back to life... My vote goes to RCBS Automatic Priming Tool.

RCBS Automatic Bench Priming Tool

It is fast, and you really get a good feel when priming. I've heard good things about the sinclair, but I wouldn't trade my RCBS for one... not a chance.
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Old 08-24-2014, 07:43 PM
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Re: Who makes the best hand priming tool?

Have used the Lee for 30 years. Works great, good feel of primer seating properly. Lee factory also very good to deal with if you ever need parts.
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