This is a discussion on Best Hand Priming Tool? within the Reloading forums, part of the Firearm Forum category; I am looking at perhaps getting a hand priming tool. Would like the convenience and comfort of hand priming away from the bench stool. Thanks ...
I have the RCBS model that takes the shell holder. It seats very uniform and consistant. I wish it had the square primer tray with it. The round works but you shouldn't have to flip them over when they should just sell it with the square tray in the first place. There are no round primer boxes... And trying to put the Federal primers into the round tray... Yikes... I spill every time.....
I have the Lee hand press. It works ok but like dankim04 said, with the Lee you have to buy special shell holders to go with it. Kind of a drag, but I got it as part of a package deal from a guy who was getting out of reloading.
MidLife, One of the best ones is an RCBS Auto Prime tool, however it mounts on a bench or a board but is not hand held so it may not be what you want. This unit comes with a large and small primer punch and a large and small primer tube. It uses standard RCBS or Lee shell holders. I think the primer tube holds 50 or 60 primers. I just happen to have one (complete with box) that has not been used since I bought my Dillon press about 17 years ago. Back when I loaded on my Rockchucker, I liked this tool much better than the primer system mounted on the press. If you are interested, send me a PM. Here's a link: RCBS : RCBS Auto Priming Tool -
Gotta speak up for the Lee Auto-Prime here. It's got about maybe 2,000 primers loaded through it, and so far, it's worked very well. While it does take "special" shell holders, they're quite inexpensive, less than the "regular" ones, in fact. And the tool itself is very affordable.
The new version of the tool, the Auto-Prime XR, has a redesigned primer tray specifically to be able to hold the large Federal primer boxes. And yes, the XR is officially "cleared" for use with Federal or any other brand of primers.
Thanks everyone and thanks IOWEGAN, but, before I saw your post I had already ordered this one. I hope it works out okay. Full review upon receipt.
From my results I have to say if its green its mean!! $ for $ RCBS makes great stuff. I deprime on my first press which was the elcheapo Partner or Jr press from them and I loaded a ton of ammo on it before I went Turret and if you count all I have deprimed on it that thing would have broke years ago if it was made in China. IMHO i dont think you can go wrong with RCBS
That is the model I have and spoke about already. I think they are finally selling the square tray again. It was out of stock everytime I looked for it before. But priming on my Lee Classic Turret is so easy I have stopped using the hand prime. Once I start loading rifle in low volume I will dig it back out.
I went with Lee and frankly wish I had the RCBS, more robust I think. I sold my old Rockchuker years ago in a fit of stupidity and recently replaced it with the new Supreme. I broke the screw on the priming lever shortly after acquiring the Supreme hence the Lee purchse. Not sure why RCBS went away from the priming system used on the old Rockchucker cuz it worked just fine.
I don't load a lot of rifle so I'll live with the Lee until it breaks then RCBS gets my money. The auto priming tool looks like a better tool and easier to use than the hand tool. Like others loading the hand tool can be an exercise in dropsy.
Years ago I started out using the original Lee hand priming tool. I still use them(have several). You can still find these used but may not easily find the shell holder you want. For those of you that are not into cheap, but enjoy fine tools, check out the priming tool from Sinclair International. I use one of those too. I never did like the auto feed feature on others. Charlie