Best primer seating solution available?

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  1. newguru

    newguru Active Member

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    What is the best primer seating solution on the market?

    I have heard good things about the Sinclair but want some input.
     
  2. royinidaho

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    I've use the Lee hand priming tool and would recommend it.

    RCBS and others have similar hand tools.

    I like the feel of the primer being seated.

    Square and uniform has never been a problem.

    HTH.
     

  3. boomtube

    boomtube Well-Known Member

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    "Best" of anything is somewhat relitive but I believe the Sinclair is probably the best made hand priming tool that's easily available.
     
  4. linksmechanic

    linksmechanic Well-Known Member

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    The sinclair is a fine piece of work but I feel it does nothing better than my $10.00 lee. I have a lee for every type of primer I use So I don't have to mess with them much. For $30.00 you can buy 3 lees for 3 different primers. I think the sinclair I bought was like $140.00 or something. It was nice but just not worth the cash imo.
     
  5. goodgrouper

    goodgrouper Well-Known Member

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    Ditto. Plus the Sinclair requires you to load one primer at a time, no tray.
     
  6. JeffVN

    JeffVN Well-Known Member

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    I use the RCBS hand primer (not the one that uses the pre-loaded strips), and have had no problems. You know if you get where it is supposed to be and that its deep enough.

    "Best primer seating solution" - buying pre-primed brass, but I never do it. :)

    JeffVN
     
  7. Mikecr

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    I'm pretty sure the best is K&M's.
    It has a dial indicator and with it you can set every primer to exactly .002 crush, regardless of primer pocket depth variance.

    YOU CANNOT DO THIS BY FEEL
     
  8. boomtube

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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?
     
  9. WSM300Rich

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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;).
     
  10. linksmechanic

    linksmechanic Well-Known Member

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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.
     
  11. Delta Hunter

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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.
     
  12. milanuk

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    Rich,

    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.
     
  13. James H

    James H Well-Known Member

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    The RCBS bench priming tool is the best.:cool:
    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.
    James
     
  14. Mikecr

    Mikecr Well-Known Member

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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..