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Old April 2nd, 2015, 03:43 PM   #1
 
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Review of the Lyman E-ZEE PRIME Hand Priming Tool

I pickup a Lyman E-ZEE hand priming tool from Cabela's this afternoon, and I must admit, so far, I am impressed.

I normally prime on my press with the Lee easy prime, but ran into a situation where I wanted to prime 50 .223 Rem. cases & my Lee was full of SP primers & I thought of dumping them out to load with small rifle primers & talked myself out of it.

I looked around & found the Lyman on sale for $32.99 & with my vet discount (5%), it was a little under $35 after tax.

I primed the .223 cases & 100 .380 acp cases of new Starline brass & liked it more that I thought I would. The unit comes with 2 primer trays, each of which have their own built-in primer punch assembly. There are no small parts to fuse with or loose. Each tray also has a built-in shut off gate to keep primers in place during change over. The primer trays also function as a primer flipper to properly orientate the primers for seating. The shape of the tool reduces hand fatigue, but still provides good leverage & great feel for seating.

The other nice thing is it accepts all brands of standard shell holders, including Hornady, Lyman, RCBS, Redding & Lee.

You simply remove a retaining collar, slide it the primer tray you need, drop the proper shell holder onto the alignment sleeve on the tray & re-install the collar. No tools are required. Here is a link to Cabela's website:

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Does it provide uniform seating depth? I like how quick a hand primer is, but the Hornady hand priming tool I have is very sporadic. Some primers seat fully, others seated flush, and too many seated high. I went back to priming on the press.
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Does it provide uniform seating depth? I like how quick a hand primer is, but the Hornady hand priming tool I have is very sporadic. Some primers seat fully, others seated flush, and too many seated high. I went back to priming on the press.
After 150, it is very uniform on .223 & .380.
I did not have any high or flush, all were perfect.

I like it, much better than I thought I would.

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Thanks for the review. Lyman Ezee prime is now on my radar.
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I agree. Mines been perfect with no flush or high primers. Ergonomics is very good too keeping fatigue to a minimum. +1 to the ease of changing between primers also.
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I use the Lee and it looks just about like the Lyman pictured above. I think it is great. I have only primed on the press a couple of times. I thought I would head in that direction but it is much easier to use the hand primer. I have primed maybe 2000 rounds with it and I have not had one primer not go flush. I also run my finger over to feel each one to be sure. The only problem I have occasionally had is that the primer is in upside down. Of the 2000 it has happened less than half a dozen times.
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Good tool, I bought mine when they first came out. The one thing I found was that the primer trays, L & S, are the exact same depth which works really well for the large primers but the tray for small primers allows primers to flip over if the tool is not held firmly in position at all times. If I tip the tool far enough to allow small primers to run across the tray they will hit the other side and flip over. The trays are marked L & S, individually and the covers are interchangeably the same, but, good tool; once I learned it's idiosyncrasies.
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In the interest of a fair evaluation, I was having so much fun with this thing I primed another 200 380 ACP, using new Starline brass & I did have 1 flip over & prime backwards.

So that is 350 total with 1 problem. It was when I was down to less that 10 primers in the tray, so maybe I should keep it at least 1/2 full (50).

I will monitor this minor glitch further, but for right now, on value & operation, I give it 4.5 out of five stars.

When I hit 1000 cases primed, I will update the test. As of right now I have every primed, with the exception of 200 9mm cases I still have to process (re-size & flair)
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OK, I'm just getting "back into" reloading after about 25 years.

I just bought a new Lyman hand primer and it seats high.
I've tried 25 rds (.223) and I can't even get a flush seat.

There's obviously no "adjustment" to made to the tool...
I'm pretty remote and it's a long way and a lot of trouble to return it.

Any suggestions?
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You may not be squeezing it far enough ... I use the Lee primer tool and there is kind of a step that you feel, you have to pull through that and continue to squeeze until it seats properly. Try giving it a little extra "goose" to see if this may be the case. You may have to use both hands, depending on age and hand strength.
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OK, I'm just getting "back into" reloading after about 25 years.

I just bought a new Lyman hand primer and it seats high.
I've tried 25 rds (.223) and I can't even get a flush seat.

There's obviously no "adjustment" to made to the tool...
I'm pretty remote and it's a long way and a lot of trouble to return it.

Any suggestions?
Is it military brass you are reloading?
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I pickup a Lyman E-ZEE hand priming tool from Cabela's this afternoon, and I must admit, so far, I am impressed.

I looked around & found the Lyman on sale for $32.99 & with my vet discount (5%), it was a little under $35 after tax.


The other nice thing is it accepts all brands of standard shell holders, including Hornady, Lyman, RCBS, Redding & Lee.

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I would take this statement with caution. There is not a direct interchange with shell holders. Sure, they are made to the same basic standard. But, while they fit in the same mounting groove, there are variances in height. My experience is with RCBS and Horneday shell holders. I have since dumped Horneday and use only RCBS due to thickness issue that caused me problems.

WRT to priming, my preference is the Forrester primer followed by the RCBS. The RCBS hand primer is functional and works well. The Horneday hand primer is good for land fill space.

The Lyman sounds interesting. Saw one today in Bass Pro. Design wise, I would try it over the Horneday.
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I would take this statement with caution. There is not a direct interchange with shell holders. Sure, they are made to the same basic standard. But, while they fit in the same mounting groove, there are variances in height. My experience is with RCBS and Horneday shell holders. I have since dumped Horneday and use only RCBS due to thickness issue that caused me problems.

WRT to priming, my preference is the Forrester primer followed by the RCBS. The RCBS hand primer is functional and works well. The Horneday hand primer is good for land fill space.

The Lyman sounds interesting. Saw one today in Bass Pro. Design wise, I would try it over the Horneday.
It is still working well & a good addition to my bench.

The statement about the shell holders is from Lyman, but I have tried Lee & Lyman shell holders & they worked.
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About uniform depth with hand tool. I use an RCBS hand primer. I squeeze until I feel it hit bottom. Then a tad extra to fully seat it. Never get high primers. That is one of the benefits of hand priming is you can 'feel' it go home. Don't worry about 'how deep' because the primer 'must' be seated on the bottom of primer pocket... whatever the depth it takes (if the primer pocket depth is uniform, primer cup is uniform, then depth will be uniform).

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Years ago, I had and old Lee hand primer with the round primer tray. For some reason, I sold it along with some other reloading tools. I recently purchased a new Lee tool with the square tray and I isn't the same (or perhaps I'm not the same). I get inconsistent primer seating with most cases and I have put it away. The Lyman unit looks a bit different so, perhaps it is a bit better. Based on Moakes58 experience, I may give the Lyman a try but, until then, I will go back to my press primer tool.
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