Hand Priming Tool

Discussion in 'Reloading/Ammunition' started by shoeshooter, Apr 13, 2018.

  1. shoeshooter

    shoeshooter Distinguished Poster

    My faithful old super cheap Lee is about to die. What do you like/dislike? Staying with a hand tool. Only load around 50 a week, and I like to feel the primers seat.
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  2. 22lrfan

    22lrfan Distinguished Poster MSGO Supporter

    My old Lee finally quit a year ago. I bought a new Lee since I already have the Lee shellholder to go with it. It works ok but I like my older one better.
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  3. Redlick83

    Redlick83 Distinguished Poster

    I have an old one and a new one(2-3 yrs old) I haven’t noticed much difference really. The old one has had a lot of use and is slicker but the new one works just the same.
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  4. Diana Davis Cole

    Diana Davis Cole Distinguished Poster

    Are ya talking about the Lee auto-prime. Dad had a ton of them and I still have a few for sale if ya need any.
  5. SubGunFan

    SubGunFan Distinguished Poster MSGO Supporter

    Shoe, I have an extra body (old style) you can have. All the other parts should be OK. Are you putting grease (not oil) on the pivot points?

    The only time I don't use my old style LEE AutoPrime is with 458SOCOM. The brass will not fit.

  6. CajunBP

    CajunBP Distinguished Poster MSGO Supporter

    I love my Frankfort Arsenal...quick small/large changeover and doesn't require a lot of pressure.
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  7. Ellis93

    Ellis93 Distinguished Poster MSGO Supporter

    The Lee ergo model is nice.....lots less hand cramps from priming a few hundred at a time.
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  8. Soonered

    Soonered Distinguished Poster MSGO Supporter

    I've been using an RCBS for 20 years. Next to a sinclair, I like it the best.
  9. Redlick83

    Redlick83 Distinguished Poster

    Interesting I use my newer one for the 458socom all the time. Haven’t tried the old version with it yet.
  10. canebreaker

    canebreaker Distinguished Poster

    I bought a few LEE Auto Prime and levers when they were removed from inventory.
    I bought a Lee Bench Prime still new in box after 4 years.
  11. oO_Rogue_Oo

    oO_Rogue_Oo Distinguished Poster

    The RCBS Universal Priming Tool is nice. No shell holders needed. I have two, one setup for small primers and one setup for larger primers. Really nice to just be able to pick it at any time and start priming with no setup or fuss. And to be able to prime multiple calibers at the same time
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  12. SubGunFan

    SubGunFan Distinguished Poster MSGO Supporter


    I have the newer version to do 458SOCOM. The shape of the shell holder on the older version is too small for 458SOCOM. So far....... all other types of ammo have worked fine.