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Old May 16th, 2020, 09:22 AM   #1
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Hand or Press?

Do you guys prefer hand priming like with the RCBS tool or press priming? Trying to decide what style press to get into.

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Old May 16th, 2020, 09:26 AM   #2
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RCBS bench mounted priming tool.

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Old May 16th, 2020, 09:29 AM   #3
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I like the RCBS hand primer because you can "feel" how much pressure it takes to seat the primer. Not all brass pockets and primer brands are exactly the same size. If a primer seats way too easy then I trash it.

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RCBS bench mounted priming tool. I find it more convenient mounted at a 45 degree angle across the front of me.
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Old May 16th, 2020, 10:11 AM   #5
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I'll have to second that RCBS Bench priming tool recommendation. It's relatively fast and has good feel for primer seating contact. I wore the priming rods out of this one and RCBS sent me two replacements for the price of a phone call. The press priming setups are work okay and help if your hurting for bench space. However, they're poor on the "feel" for primer seating.

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Old May 16th, 2020, 10:38 AM   #6
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Press. Works fine. Tried a hand primer for a while once, I could tell no difference.
It matters not what type of tool is used to seat the primer. What matters is checking each piece of brass after priming to ensure all are just flush or slightly below.


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Old May 16th, 2020, 11:15 AM   #7
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Old May 16th, 2020, 11:26 AM   #8
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I do all of my rifle priming with an RCBS APS bench priming tool and all pistol priming on the press (Dillon 650) ... I just really like being able to feel the priming process a little better with the RCBS priming tool as opposed to the press.

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Old May 16th, 2020, 11:58 AM   #9
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Thumbs up Lee hand tool

I have used the Lee hand tool for years, it's a good tool and the price is right.

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Old May 16th, 2020, 12:08 PM   #10
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I've got a RCBS turret press that i prime from. After a while you learn to feel how much pressure to apply.

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Old May 16th, 2020, 12:25 PM   #11
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I just recently got another Hornady progressive Lock N Load press.

I had one a few years back. . . . let it get away from me . . . and am tickled pink I got another one.

I use it to deprime my cases and love it, . . . it has a tube that sends the spent primers into a 5 gal bucket under my bench, . . . not all over the place like others.

I use it to prime my cases after they have been cleaned and inspected.

In both procedures, . . . I only have to load the case onto the press, . . . it unloads into a box in front of it. With all not progressive presses, . . . put the case on / go thru the procedure / remove the case, . . . my press makes it only two steps.

Mounting my powder measure, . . . I can get a loaded cartridge with every pull of the handle, . . . can't do that with anything but a progressive press.

I can also dismount my powder measure, . . . and carefully trickle the EXACT amount of powder if I'm not loading generic rounds.

Altogether, . . . I don't know why anyone would fool around with any other press, . . . but I have to admit I did for far, far, far too many years.

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Old May 16th, 2020, 12:31 PM   #12
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Ideally, the primer should bottom out in the pocket. I've used the Rock Chucker II to prime. Also the Lee, Lyman and RCBS hand primers. Nowdays, I almost always use a RCBS bench tool.

PS- I started loading .45 with a Lee Load All in the 70s. You used a mallet to prime. That was the worst. Tap, tap, tap, not flush. Tap, tap, tap, not flush. Tap, BOOM.

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Ideally, the primer should bottom out in the pocket. I've used the Rock Chucker II to prime. Also the Lee, Lyman and RCBS hand primers. Nowdays, I almost always use a RCBS bench tool.

PS- I started loading .45 with a Lee Load All in the 70s. You used a mallet to prime. That was the worst. Tap, tap, tap, not flush. Tap, tap, tap, not flush. Tap, BOOM.
My belly laugh for the day!

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Old May 16th, 2020, 01:01 PM   #14
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My Dillon RL550B primes on the "up" stroke, just past center.

I've never tried anything else, but I can definitely feel that some cases accept primers more easily than others.

Also, it's immediately obvious if something isn't working right in the priming station...

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Old May 16th, 2020, 01:12 PM   #15
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Lee Auto Prime for rifle which gives good feel letting you know if have loose pocket. Any primer crimp has to be removed of course. I do not use it for pistol unless making a small batch since I have a progressive press for pistols.


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