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#6861808 - 08/19/17 03:39 PM Bench or Hand Prime recommendations
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I'm looking to upgrade from my press priming setup. I'm open to any suggestions. Thoughts on bench primer vs hand primer?

So far I've looked at

RCBS bench prime
21st century hand prime and the version with lee auto prime tray
K&m Primer
Sinclair
Bald Eagle Priming press
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#6862447 - 08/20/17 09:15 AM Re: Bench or Hand Prime recommendations [Re: stxhunter]
Deans Offline
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Registered: 12/23/06
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I use the Lee hand priming tool that I purchased before current styles. Have served me well.
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#6862464 - 08/20/17 09:35 AM Re: Bench or Hand Prime recommendations [Re: stxhunter]
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I have tried several and the older Lee one is my favorite hand primer. Hornady was seating primers too deep with the required hornady shell holders, RCBS was ok, the new Universal RCBS works quite well and might become my new favorite when the Lee wears out.

For a bench primer the Forster one is very good IMO
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#6862501 - 08/20/17 10:27 AM Re: Bench or Hand Prime recommendations [Re: stxhunter]
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The 21st Century with the tray would be a good choice if it was the older tray. I have a half dozen of the older Lee's as the new ones seem to have issues with the trays or at least the one I bought did.
I also use the RCBS bench primer a lot too. Primed 200 rounds of 284 Win this morning on it and it works fine.

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#6862529 - 08/20/17 10:50 AM Re: Bench or Hand Prime recommendations [Re: kmon1]
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Originally Posted By: kmon1
I have tried several and the older Lee one is my favorite hand primer. Hornady was seating primers too deep with the required hornady shell holders, RCBS was ok, the new Universal RCBS works quite well and might become my new favorite when the Lee wears out.

For a bench primer the Forster one is very good IMO


I'm still using Lee hand primer when using single stage presses. Been doing that since 73-74.... Certainly there may be better but I like my system.
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#6862551 - 08/20/17 11:10 AM Re: Bench or Hand Prime recommendations [Re: stxhunter]
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Registered: 05/11/17
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It depends on your loading style and volume. I load single stage and mostly for centerfire bolt guns. I have both the Hornady and RCBS hand primers and like them both about the same. Both give good feel when the primer bottoms out. That is what I like for my rifle stuff. It is not high volume. I usually load 50 round batches. For pistol ammo and higher volume without the meticulous case prep, I use an auto primer on the press and prime at the same time I bell the case mouth.
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#6862600 - 08/20/17 11:54 AM Re: Bench or Hand Prime recommendations [Re: stxhunter]
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My main one is the RCBS Universal. It works very good. The tray feeds VERY good. It did take a little break-in time with the "jaws" which holds the shell rim.

I also still use the press primer

My hands are arthritic old and priming hurts. I'm thinking of going to a "portable" bench press. I think the extra leverage will help me.
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#6862626 - 08/20/17 12:17 PM Re: Bench or Hand Prime recommendations [Re: stxhunter]
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Been using the RCBS hand priming tool for ages, works well that I never decided to experiment with another. You can feel the primer bottoms out in the case.

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#6862673 - 08/20/17 12:54 PM Re: Bench or Hand Prime recommendations [Re: stxhunter]
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Loc: Sachse, TX
The primal rights is the one I'd have if I had room for a traditional press in addition to the co-ax. The Bald Eagle bench mount looks really good by bullets.com

I use a Lee AutoPrime...it is one of the very few Lee pieces I own. I recently bought a new one with the white plastic fold in half tray. I don't like it as well as the square black tray with clear top.
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#6862682 - 08/20/17 01:02 PM Re: Bench or Hand Prime recommendations [Re: TackDriver]
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Originally Posted By: TackDriver
Been using the RCBS hand priming tool for ages, works well that I never decided to experiment with another. You can feel the primer bottoms out in the case.


Same here.
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#6862695 - 08/20/17 01:18 PM Re: Bench or Hand Prime recommendations [Re: Judd]
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Originally Posted By: Judd
The primal rights is the one I'd have if I had room for a traditional press in addition to the co-ax. The Bald Eagle bench mount looks really good by bullets.com

I use a Lee AutoPrime...it is one of the very few Lee pieces I own. I recently bought a new one with the white plastic fold in half tray. I don't like it as well as the square black tray with clear top.


The Bald Eagle looks really nice Judd. I could C-Clamp it to my bench. Expensive critter though violin
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#6863051 - 08/20/17 07:48 PM Re: Bench or Hand Prime recommendations [Re: stxhunter]
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RCBS bench mount is wat I use and like a lot better than the Lee hand held I used for yeas. The bald eagle is sweet just don't like the load one primer at a time. The primal rights is sick but for $600+ I'm out.
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#6863120 - 08/20/17 08:22 PM Re: Bench or Hand Prime recommendations [Re: Judd]
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Originally Posted By: Judd
The primal rights is the one I'd have if I had room for a traditional press in addition to the co-ax. The Bald Eagle bench mount looks really good by bullets.com

I use a Lee AutoPrime...it is one of the very few Lee pieces I own. I recently bought a new one with the white plastic fold in half tray. I don't like it as well as the square black tray with clear top.




I also have the Primal Rights very nice piece of equipment.

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#6863126 - 08/20/17 08:27 PM Re: Bench or Hand Prime recommendations [Re: Teal28]
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Originally Posted By: Teal28
RCBS bench mount is wat I use and like a lot better than the Lee hand held I used for yeas. The bald eagle is sweet just don't like the load one primer at a time. The primal rights is sick but for $600+ I'm out.



It's beyond ridiculous. The guy who developed it is a genuine horse's a$$ and a total egomaniac. You don't need the world's finest steel to make an effective hammer, and I don't believe you could ever prove any advantage to using his Rube Goldberg priming machine. A Lee AutoPrime does just as good a job if operated correctly.
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#6863246 - 08/20/17 10:36 PM Re: Bench or Hand Prime recommendations [Re: stxhunter]
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Loc: Kingsland, TX
For single stage precision reloading, first uniform all primer pockets with Sinclair's primer pocket tool then prime with RCBS's Ram Priming unit set to a precise stop. It doesn't get any better than this.



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