Lee hand priming tool - I’m getting pizzed

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Re: Lee hand priming tool - I’m getting pizzed

Post by bigfellascott » 04 Nov 2019, 7:04 pm

I've got the round Lee Hand Priming Tool - it's been great, never had any issues. I liked it that much I bought a 2nd one as a spare for when this one finally gives up the ghost.
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Re: Lee hand priming tool - I’m getting pizzed

Post by GQshayne » 05 Nov 2019, 7:47 pm

I only ever use my press. It gives good feel, so I have never had reason to change. But I only do limited loading compared to many. Usually only 50 or 60 rounds at a time.
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Post by No1_49er » 05 Nov 2019, 8:12 pm

in2anity wrote:Do yourself a favor, and eject that piece of crap tool from your life - they are utter garbage. Indeed It's a waste that you've already purchased all of the shell holder inserts (I know, I have about ten of them for various calibers which I may as well throw in the bin) - but once you start using a superior tool, you'll regret not doing it sooner

+1 for the RCBS hand primers - I have the universal one (ending the need for shell holders) - and it works an absolute treat. Buttery smooth with a nice consistent feel to it - you instantly know when the pocket is cooked.

Lee mostly does adequate tools; that hand primer is not one of them.

I guess I've had a somewhat better run with my Lee primer then. It's been in use for something like 40 yr so far and still going strong after I don't know how many thousands of primers. It can get a bit tough on the thumb after a while though.
To fix that problem I got one of the Lee Auto Bench Prime tools #90700. Increased leverage makes it so much "lighter" to use. Easy to switch primer trays for small/large primers too. But the old one is staying in the kit.
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Post by deye243 » 05 Nov 2019, 10:36 pm

Stix wrote:
deye243 wrote:There's a reason I have 3 RCBS hand primers ......

Because you have 3 arms...?... :unknown:

Narh mate it's coz I'm too bloody lazy to change shell holder's......

That and they work perfectly......
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Post by SCJ429 » 06 Nov 2019, 6:18 am

deye243 wrote:
Stix wrote:
deye243 wrote:There's a reason I have 3 RCBS hand primers ......

Because you have 3 arms...?... :unknown:

Narh mate it's coz I'm too bloody lazy to change shell holder's......

That and they work perfectly......


What do you do if you want to prime 308 head stamp with small rifle primers or primers into something bigger than Magnum head stamp? Buy more RCBS Hand Primer units?
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Re: Lee hand priming tool - I’m getting pizzed

Post by bigfellascott » 06 Nov 2019, 6:39 am

TassieTiger wrote:So after cleaning and sizing some 250 x 223 cases, I settled in for some hand priming.
Couple days previous I had to do 100 x 30/06 and I had to pull the hand priming tool apart at least 5 times, so I figured the 223 is using small rifle primers so should be better.
Fark me. Every 5 bloody primes or less at times, the primer would get jammed and I’d have to pull shell holder, spring and lever and spring Mech - dislodge the primer, put all back together and hope to death, the next primer would feed...but yep. It was the most frustrating priming session ever. Is this just the lee tool in general or just mine or ? This is the second lee I’ve bought as previously, this jamming s**t happened once too often and it flew out of my hand...is there a fix for this ?


I take it it's the square shaped primer tool not the round one?
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Post by YoungBuck » 06 Nov 2019, 3:42 pm

I've got a Lee hand primer - loaded about 200ish rounds of .243 shells with it, not had a single fault.
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Post by TassieTiger » 06 Nov 2019, 4:37 pm

Mine works okay with large rifle primers...but small and magnum ?...ffs. Magnum have very little clearance in the feeder shoot so get hung up constantly, Small primers have too much clearance, they can and do flip over onto their edge and then get stuck.
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Re: Lee hand priming tool - I’m getting pizzed

Post by fenderstrat » 29 Nov 2019, 4:48 pm

I've been using a new model lee hand primer for the last 2-3 years, small and large primers, thousands of cases, absolutely no problem.
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Post by Oldbloke » 29 Nov 2019, 6:12 pm

Use a punch and small hammer. The Lee classic uses that method
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Post by trevort » 01 Dec 2019, 5:14 pm

the best way yo fix your lee hand priming tool problem is to make it someone elses problem and get an RCBS. My first lee hand primer broke, tight pocket hard squeeze, handle snapped. I've now got two rcbs. I recently picked up two lee in a package deal from a bloke giving up. I thought I would set them up for a few different cartridges but used them twice and moved them on. You buy Lee for the price and thats it
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Post by Zappa » 03 Dec 2019, 6:17 pm

priming on a drill press , possible without fireworks ?
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Post by Oldbloke » 04 Dec 2019, 5:17 am

Zappa wrote:priming on a drill press , possible without fireworks ?


Great idea
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Post by sungazer » 04 Dec 2019, 7:07 am

It could be done but I think it would be slow and fiddly. The hand primers are cheap they keep all or most of the primers in one place.
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Post by Cooper » 04 Dec 2019, 8:35 am

I started with the Lee hand primer out of the cheap Lee Breech lock press kit. It worked ok. But my mate had the RCBS hand primer which I preferred. I find it pretty easy to swap between small and larger primer. But I mainly run small primer (6.5 creed, 6.5 Grendel, and even 308 (I also have large primer cases for 308)

The other primer tool I have is the Forester Co ax bench mounted primer tool which I do my 223,204 and now 222 on as all same case head. I really like it.

The top my of Co Ax press also does priming. Which I do 303 on. I only usually do 20 rounds at a time so I just leave it set to do 303. Works for me
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Post by Zappa » 04 Dec 2019, 9:00 am

Oldbloke wrote:
Great idea


Never know when OldBloke is serious. :)

Kids dont try this at home... unless you have the camera rolling and can post on youtube.
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Post by Oldbloke » 04 Dec 2019, 9:41 pm

Zappa wrote:
Never know when OldBloke is serious. :)

Kids dont try this at home... unless you have the camera rolling and can post on youtube.


Im serious, should be ok. Your pressing a primer, not hitting it with a center punch.

Some of the old classic loaders used a hammer and punch.

Place primer on smooth flat surface, facing up.
Place case ontop of primer.
Insert punch into case and tap with nylon or wooden hammer.
Bingo, job done. Not ideal but works.

Remember the primer is designed to go off if hit with a pointy object in the center. It needs to be a firm hit.
Wear safety glasses.

Safer using a drill press
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Re: Lee hand priming tool - I’m getting pizzed

Post by Zappa » 05 Dec 2019, 7:30 am

fair enuff.
Not to hijack the OP's thread but does anyone know of a USA dealer that ships reloading bits and accessories to AUS ?
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