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Old 12-28-2016, 17:44   #1
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Recommend a handheld primer!

I've got a lee handheld primer I've had for about 25 years now an would like to get another one as its getting pretty worn, was looking on Amazon an most all the Lee's had some pretty bad reviews, would like to have something that I can still use my lee shell holders, what would you recommend???? Thanks
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Old 01-09-2017, 12:35   #2
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If you want to use your Lee shell holders you only have two choices.
Lee New Auto Prime or Lee Ergo Prime.
I also have the old one with round trays , I bought a New Auto Prime because mine is old and they were on sale.
I haven't used it yet , the folding tray seems a bit "mickey Mouse " but if it breaks I will just return it.
I notice Lee has come out with a primer tray update kit....maybe they have solved the problem.
Actually I have seated a few primers with it and it seats them just like the old one , it's the folding tray that looks "delicate".
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Old 01-14-2017, 17:37   #3
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I am in the same exact boat. I bought the new Lee hand prime stuff and hate it. I refurbed my old ones to keep them working for a while longer. My next step is to buy the Sinclair hand prime tool. It uses the Lee shellholders but I am not sure if it can use 100 primer auto feed thingies.
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Old 01-15-2017, 11:04   #4
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I had a Lee, it worked good. Then I got an RCBS and it worked better. The lee took special shell holders. Of course I bought me a whole set, but then the RCSB Universal with its ability to prime without a specific shell holder. Works great, no shell holders.

https://www.midwayusa.com/product/31...d-priming-tool
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Old 01-18-2017, 13:37   #5
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I wish RCBS weren't so proud of them..... $60.00 is a bit much for my budget right now.
I'll keep on with the Lee till better times .
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Anyone try out this new Frankford Arsenal tool? It's all Zinc and Steel built, not plastic and for the expensive $60.00, it at least comes with 12 shell holders! Could be a good alternative to all of the other not very good hand priming tools?

http://www.midwayusa.com/product/582...d-priming-tool
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Old 01-30-2017, 06:07   #7
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The RCBS sounds like the way to go if it really works good, not sure how the universal shell holder thing works but smarter guys than me developed it so,,,, its also on sale right now for $50,
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Old 01-30-2017, 14:03   #8
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The universal shell holder works great. It is spring loaded.
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Old 11-17-2017, 20:17   #9
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I too started out with the Lee round auto prime tool. After the plastic in the lever mechanism wore out, I bought the "improved" square version. It is a better design for dumping primers out of their square boxes, but the cheesy plastic covers have latches that break off, so I had to cut some rubber bands out of bicycle inner tube to hold them in place. I wrote to Lee about this defect and they sent me some new ones, which promptly broke too.

It also has a safety feature that lifts each primer into place one at a time, unlike the round version, which just fed them in line. This lifting process can turn them over occasionally and cause primers to be seated upside down. This requires a look at every primer to see if it is oriented correctly before placing a case in the shell holder.

All in all it works pretty well, especially for .223's, and is faster than priming each case on the Lee turret press, but I still use both methods. Lee does support their tools and their customer service is good.
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Old 11-18-2017, 03:52   #10
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I got the Lees , it's a POS! It the newer version with the square tray. It wont even seat primer flush as they all stick out at 15 thousand past the base.Wished I could take it back without the packaging!

Got the RCBS now and it works great. Don't make the mistake I did.
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Cal Lee and send it back they will make it good. They take care of there people!
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Old 12-26-2017, 15:45   #12
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Check for Lee parts ......some places sell parts and they are listed on the instructions. i got the new square one but still use and prefer my old round ones, as beat to hell as they are and remember to lube em with grease ........
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Another vote for the RCBS. As a bonus, their service is second to none.
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Forgotten about this posting but I did contact Lee and they sent me a entire new unit free of charge and didn't want the defective one back. So Lee customer service is just as outstanding as RCBS!
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