I recently bought an RCBS Pro 2000 from a MSGO member. I am ashamed to admit, but the press is still in the box... unused so far. It uses the primer strips and came with a strip loader and a bunch of different colored strips.
As I am a Dillon and RCBS single-stage man, the concept of primer strips is new to me. I look forward to replies from other "vets of the strips"......................
The thing I like about it is this, if I buy primers that are not preloaded into strips, I cn sit in front of my tv, or back porch, and load the strips. You got to have plenty of strips for that though. With the primer trays, you load up 10 and that's it. You can preload the strips and they are ready.
Empty the primers into the loader and flip them. Slide the strips in the loader and press the primers into the strips. You never have to touch the primers. I love it! You can also buy the strips preloaded. Cost is the same.
It works reasonably well and speeds things up nicely. I am sure it is not as good as the Dillon primer tube filler, but it is a fraction of the cost. I actually just use it with the Dillon tubes, pulling the end off and holding the tube up to the bottom. It takes a bit of dexterity and a little practice, but it lets you use all of the tubes you may have on hand rather than just the tubes made for it.
Sorry! I just googled it and I think they have been discontinued since something like 2006 or 2007... I had no idea. My wife loads tubes for me sometimes using the pickup tubes while I used the Vibraprime. I can usually do about 2 or so for every 1 she does. I think I have 12 or 13 small primer tubes, and with us both going it doesn't take long to fill them. Sorry, she's not for sale either!
Apparently someone on another forum made a homemade copy of the Frankford Arsenal Vibraprime. As someone else put it, let's just hope they didn't get the object used to supply the vibration "used".
I'm considering putting the DIY kit together and ordering the um.... "high speed mechanical oscillation device" from the most explicitly named place I can find just to see the look on the UPS guy's face.
I just sold my pro 2000 and got a dillon 650. The one thing I liked better about the pro 2000 was the priming system. As long as you insert the strips in the right direction it works great. I found loading the strips much easier than loading pick up tubes.
The nice thing about the color coded strips is that they correspond to the type of primer. Pistol(white), rifle(yellow), magnum pistol, magnum rifle, and military rifle(orange).
If you have the APS system and don't have the strip loader you need to go on ahead and get it. I think they run about $30. I couldn't imagine sitting and plugging primers into strips one by one.
I got the press mounted primer and the strip loader for $41.60, shipping included. I think I got a steal. It came with a few strips, but I need a bunch more! If anybody has some they won't reuse, DON'T THROW THEM AWAY!!!! I know a poor man that could use them!