Priming tool

Discussion in 'Reloading' started by outdooraddict, Jan 18, 2008.

  1. outdooraddict

    outdooraddict Well-Known Member

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    What is the better hand priming tool rcbs or the lee. Im sure alot is personal preference I was just wondering goods and bads of each. Also are the hornady die bushings ok?
     
  2. AJ Peacock

    AJ Peacock Well-Known Member

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    I have and use both. I think for all out speed and ease of use, I favor the Lee, I also think the feel is better with the Lee. After a few thousand rounds (probably 6-8000), the plastic bushing that surrounds the shaft that seats the primer gets oblong and starts hanging up. Then it's time to replace the unit. Luckily, you have different parts for small and large primers, so if you reload both, you have to reload a lot to wear it out (I've worn out one for small and one for large over the last 5 years).

    I bought the RCBS because there was no way to use the Lee to prime the 408 Cheytac case (338 Allen Mag). In fact, I had to modify the RCBS so the 408CT shellholder would even fit! So I just leave it setup for the 338Allen mag and use the Lee for everything else.

    Unless they've changed the mold, you need to open up the area around the shellholder on the Lee to fit the WSM size cases (2 minutes with a dremel and you're good to go).

    The one thing I don't like about the RCBS is that the 'push rod' that actually seats the primers can fall out or easily get misplaced as nothing holds it in. Nothing like that is loose on the Lee. Also, switching shellholders on the RCBS is slower, as you have to remove a nut and the safety bar to swap shellholders (the Lee takes about 5 seconds to swap shellholders, but it doesn't use standard holders).

    Cost wise, the Lee is really cheap but you need the matching shell holders (get a kit that fits most shells for $13 or so).

    Overall, I like the Lee and recommend it.

    HTH

    AJ
     

  3. NYLES

    NYLES Well-Known Member

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    AJ,

    RCBS updated theirs now uses what looks like the same shell plates as the case trimmer, on the older model that I have I agree that rod just falls out if it wants. But Im lucky enough that 3 of the 4 cases I load use the same #7 shell holder.
     
  4. sjadventures

    sjadventures Well-Known Member

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    I had to modify my Lee's Easy Prime also for my 300 saum so the case would fit. I like my Lee's but it is the only one I have used.
     
  5. outdooraddict

    outdooraddict Well-Known Member

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    I see the lee says not for use with federal primers whats that about? also what size holder for a 300rum case for a rcbs trimmer I dint see it listed.
     
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  6. AJ Peacock

    AJ Peacock Well-Known Member

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    I'm sure its a 'lawyer warning', the lee doesn't have a shield to keep a single primer detonation from causing all of them to go off and since many Federal primers are a bit more sensitive; the warning.

    I've use all types of primers (including Federal) for the last 10 years and have never had any kind of problem. That said, who knows?

    AJ
     
  7. elkstalker300

    elkstalker300 Well-Known Member

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    the shell holder for the RCBS IN 300rum is a number 38
     
  8. buffalorancher

    buffalorancher Writers Guild

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    I put the rod back in my RCBS upside down accidently. When I primed the next case it put a pretty good dent in the primer. Be careful.
     
  9. outdooraddict

    outdooraddict Well-Known Member

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    Thanks guys Im assuming that the rum casings will fit the rcbs trimmer The "winner" at the local gun shop said he didnt think the trimmer was long enough. You had to see him WOW. :eek:
     
  10. britz

    britz Well-Known Member

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    I purchased the RCBS universal priming tool when I started loading for the short mags. It seems to work very well although it isn't as smooth as the old Lee. Never have to change shel holders though.
     
  11. Boss Hoss

    Boss Hoss Well-Known Member

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    The K&M is an excellent tool and give the best feel of any that I have ever used. Just a thought..
     
  12. cva54

    cva54 Well-Known Member

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    what about priming off the press pros & cons
     
  13. winmag

    winmag Well-Known Member

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    I use and like the Hornady hand primer. It comes with 2 ''dishes''. Hornady and RCBS, as some RCBS shell holders are bit small(like #43RCBS for shortmags), Just swich to RCBS dish and have at er'.
    As to priming from the press, Ive hered alot of stories about primers either getting partialy seated, or seated somewhat crooked. I have no experience in priming with the press, I only hand prime so I can feel the primer seat. Its how I was shown to do it. Heck I even took the press primer off my press. It just gets in the way.
    I have a L-N-L press and I LOVE Hornady bushings. I use them with Redding dies, and swiching from decapping/resizing to seating and back again is a CAKEWALK.
     
  14. Chas1

    Chas1 Well-Known Member

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