26 September 2022
Ihave the older Lee ones with the round tray and the yet older screw in ones. What I use most for rifle is the little priming arm that comes with the Lee Presses and I hand feed it with loose primers held in a clean lidded plastic tub dedicated for the task. I have the Lee Press mounted tray feeder rigs with the swing arm and clicker thingamyjig but when primers hit 25c each down here at the long end of the ocean I wasn't prepared to have 2 or 3 in a 100 drop and vanish on the floor any more.
The Lee handheld is fine but yup, arthritis. I do still use it tho for 100 shell runs and swap hands on tge squeeze periodically. A mate has the new Lee bench mounted tray fed primer and swears by it but I have come to love the ease, feel and simplicity of handfeeding the press priming arm, doing runs of 20-50 rds.
I do like the exceptional feel of the Lee Ramprime on a press and when I get my permanent reloading room set up this summer I plan to have my smallest Lee Aluminium Press set up with a RamPrime as a separate station. I also use the Ramprime on my Lee HandPress with some pleasure.
For Pistol its always the Dillon 550. After several years and 3 presses I got out of Lee Pro 1000s. Glad to see the back of that primer system.
If my hands were really struggling to manage handhelds, or to handfeed the Itty bitty things, I would consider batch priming 100 rifle brass at a time on the Dillon. In fact I'd decap, resize and prime in advance then store the brass until I wanted to charge with powder and seat bullets.
When I started reloading I read a lot of cautions about not ever handling primers. Frankly I think its an issue that is overstated to sell overpriced hands free gear half of which doesn't work well enough. Keep your primer handling fingers clean and dry there's no issue. My biggest prob is gnarly old stumps that pass for fingers letting the primer fall.