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Old 01-11-2017, 08:22 PM   #16
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Fellas, my "needs" just keep on coming!

Since I started reloading 357 Sig in a single stage, I've found priming to be a pain in the *** on the press. I use Lee components (safety prime Safety Primer Feed Small and Large - Lee Precision) and it just doesn't feel natural like it does on my turret press.

In the end, I'm looking for suggestions for priming off the press and I'm wondering about a dedicated bench mount primer...

Like this?? Auto Bench Prime - Lee Precision

Come on SigTalk, school me and give me ideas.
I'm not sure I understand what the issue is. I do all my priming, 357sig included using a Lee single stage press and safety primer (the old one with the round primer container). I am doing expanding and priming at the same time. Lately I have started using the Lee Auto Drum, but not yet for 357sig, and it is a bit challenging since the priming has to be done before you expand and fill with powder.
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Old 01-11-2017, 09:00 PM   #17
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Buy a Dillon loader and you automatically get a great priming tool for both large and small primers for free.
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Old 01-12-2017, 06:57 AM   #18
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I'm not sure I understand what the issue is. I do all my priming, 357sig included using a Lee single stage press and safety primer (the old one with the round primer container). I am doing expanding and priming at the same time. Lately I have started using the Lee Auto Drum, but not yet for 357sig, and it is a bit challenging since the priming has to be done before you expand and fill with powder.
SIGAZ, I do my 357 on the single stage because it was my first attempt at doing a shouldered cartridge. The press does a fine job of setting primers, it's just not "ergonomic" or "comfortable" if that makes sense. It just feels forced and un-natural. Priming on my turret feels very natural.

Because of the "unnatural" feeling, I was looking for alternative methods "off press"

Make sense?
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Old 01-12-2017, 08:56 AM   #19
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I am also a Lee hand primer myself, and like to inspect the brass when hand priming. It works faster than the single stage press primer laoding.
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It seems that the single stage priming method is not always the most comfortable or fastest way to prime cases, but I decided on using it since I did not want to add additional repetitive strain on my fingers, and would rather use my arm for priming. Also because I use a single stage for all my loading which is obviously slow, doing priming and expanding with one placement of a case, actually speeds up my process. I don't lose any case inspection time or feel during priming. I can definitely feel when the primer is not seated all the way, or when I have a possible loose fitting primer.

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SIGAZ, I do my 357 on the single stage because it was my first attempt at doing a shouldered cartridge. The press does a fine job of setting primers, it's just not "ergonomic" or "comfortable" if that makes sense. It just feels forced and un-natural. Priming on my turret feels very natural.
I have been thinking of getting a turret press at some point of time and would like to know how the priming using the turret feels more natural. I would have thought that the single and turret priming should be about the same.
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I have always de primed and primed by hand. I have over 10k rounds through this VVV and it has yet to fail me. Pricey yes, but easy on the hand.

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I have an old Lee hand primer that I have used maybe 20 years. Nothing fancy but still works great for all my reloading needs for both rifle and pistols.
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Started with this one, still using it.

Bought two - one for large primers, another for small ones.

Seems ok so far.
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It seems that the single stage priming method is not always the most comfortable or fastest way to prime cases, but I decided on using it since I did not want to add additional repetitive strain on my fingers, and would rather use my arm for priming. Also because I use a single stage for all my loading which is obviously slow, doing priming and expanding with one placement of a case, actually speeds up my process. I don't lose any case inspection time or feel during priming. I can definitely feel when the primer is not seated all the way, or when I have a possible loose fitting primer.



I have been thinking of getting a turret press at some point of time and would like to know how the priming using the turret feels more natural. I would have thought that the single and turret priming should be about the same.
SIGAZ the primer feeder on the turret moves, pretty much, forward and back from the front of the press. I can actually see the primer pocket tool during the process. On my single stage, you're kinda doing it blind.
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I've been using the Lee hand priming tool since they came out in the early 1970s with screw in shell holders.

Then they came out with the ones with the round primer tray around the 1980s and I got 2 of them. I keep one set up for large primer and one for small.

They last forever.

The only one I've seen anyone have trouble with is the RCBS. My old hunting partner bought one after I'd warned him about them. Broke the first one within 50 primes, got a new one for free as a warranty replacement, it lasted a couple of weeks. At that point he gave up and bought a Lee.
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Hand Priming Tool

+1 for RCBS Universal Hand Primer. Works well. Shop around for best pricing. Haven't used the Lee, but it's probably just as good.

Make sure and always wear safety glasses while using it. I have never had a problem but I have seen pics of mishaps where some or all of the primers go off in the tray and it's ugly. Strikes the fear of God into you. Common sense will keep you out of trouble.....no smoking, drinking, etc. while reloading.

I just noticed Tinmantoo's post above with the link to the 21st Century Priming Tool. I also have one of them and they are very, very nice. They are completely manual and need to be fed primers one at a time, so they are not a quick tool to use. I don't think there is anything they could have done to make it any higher quality and are very comfortable in use. It comes with small and large primer punches and a shellplate of your choosing. They are proprietary shellplates. I think I ordered mine with a .308 (one caliber included) and ordered a .223 (+ $14.00) along with the tool. They are built like brick outhouses and will probably still be around when the sun finally explodes. I use it for Centerfire/Match Rifle rounds exclusively. The feel and adjustability of the tool is superb. However, it would be way too slow for handgun rounds, particularly for mid to high quantities. You might do it once, but you'd soon be looking for either the RCBS or Lee Tool that held at least 100 rounds of primers.
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