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Old February 5th, 2018, 01:05 PM #1
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Better hand priming tool

Does anyone have a favorite hand priming tool that lets you load a 100 primers at a time into a tray feeder? I think loading from strips or tubes is too much. I have a Dillon 550B but mainly use it to feed my 9mm. Or .357sig.

I recently got an RCBS 90200 hand priming tool and have used it to prime .223, .357sig, and 6.8SPC brass.

Two small items standout about this tool.

1) Changing shell holders is fiddly at best and mostly a nuisance so you have to make sure you load a lot of cases.
a) the requirement to remove primer gate arm then plastic which has bushing inside the shellholder makes it tedious.
b) the ram is two piece ball joint link which needs to be centered(has slip joint at opposite end to prevent side thrust) and lifted while extending it back up into plastic shellholder/primer chute.


2) Older RCBS shellholders don't fit.
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Old February 5th, 2018, 01:34 PM #2
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RCBS makes a universal hand priming tool that I use, works fine for me. No shell holders.
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I prime on the Dillon, before that, I'd just swap shell plates and use the auto-prime on the Lee Pro1000.
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https://ads.midwayusa.com/product/31...SABEgLVjPD_BwE

here's the link to the RCBS from Midway. I started using this about 6 months ago. Overall I'm happy with it. .308 and 30'06 cases prime easily. .223 / 300BLK sometimes miss align. You can feel it when it happens, usually just a 1/4 turn and the tool centers the case and all is fine. Just need to pay attention and ensure the case centers before putting much pressure on the primer to start seating. This happens more frequently in prior crimped primer pocket military brass that was swaged (according to the seller). Running the cases through my Dillon super swager solved ALMOST all of the issue. I actually do believe they were swaged by the seller, as my old lee hand primer doesn't have the same issue (it has other issues).
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well I sent note to RCBS and they are replacing my shellholder that doesn't work. I like the shellholder single primer tool but adding the tray feed is so much less trouble and keeps the primers from ever being touched. My only concern with the Dillon was the lack of primer pocket cleaning although it never seems to be an issue.
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My favorite so far...... you can screw it to a board if you dont want to bench mount,
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I have used the Lee Hand Priming tool for eons. Wore one out. Never an issue.
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I mostly hate Lee stuff but I like their hand primer. It takes special shell holders but a complete set is cheap as is the tool itself.
I load on a Dillon 550 that I have had for about 20 years but hate changing out from small to large primers and my other press is an old Lyman All American turret which just isnt great for priming period.
I like the Lee Hand primer and their dies...the rest is pot metal crap
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I've always used an RCBS hand primer. Ensures reliable seating, you can feel the seat. Never has another squib because of the primer seating. I cannot say the same thing for the presses tube feed and prime on the upstroke. I got it in 86 been using it since.
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RCBS Universal is what I use. I love it. Handles 100 and no shell holders as SNAV said
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