Who makes the best Hand Priming Tool

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Wm Cook posted this 4 weeks ago

Could anyone recommend a quality hand primer.

I've  worn out the two RCBS hand primers that I've had since the early 90's.  And the K&M I had for BR was sold off when I left jacketed BR.  I normally prime in lots of 100 to 150 so a tray would be nice to have but its no deal breaker for me.  A requirement is that it has to be a hand primer and not bench mounted because I load at the range.

The old RCBS lasted about 30 years so I suspect this'll be the last hand primer I'll need to buy.  One of the many  advantages to getting old.  Bill

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Ross Smith posted this 4 weeks ago

CPA !

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monkeyboy posted this 4 weeks ago

Frankford Arsenal makes an excellent one that uses the lee primer shellholders. It comes with a full set of them as well.

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Wm Cook posted this 4 weeks ago

CPA’s a bench mount as far as I can tell. Can anyone comment how ergonomically the Frankford fits the hand? Bill C

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Tom Acheson posted this 4 weeks ago

Memory says John Alexander had a thread similar to this no too long ago. Might be some helpful info that.

Tom

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fc60 posted this 4 weeks ago

Greetings,

I have a K&M tool.

Uses the Lee Shell Holders that are not designed for a loading press.

I find the tool and service to be excellent.

Cheers,

Dave

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Wm Cook posted this 4 weeks ago

Can’t find it Tom. If you have a link I’d appreciate it.

My old K&M had that flat stock metal handle that never did fit my hand. That said I have no memory of it so that means it worked flawlessly. I must have had it for 20 years. So far I’m leaning toward the Frankford.

And Hornady has a primer pocket reamer that’ll take the primer damage burs off the pocket rim caused by my old worn out misaligned RCBS. Unless someone can suggest a better hand primer option I think that’ll be the way I have to go.

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Tom Acheson posted this 4 weeks ago

Wm,

I cannot locate it either.

I can remember adding a comment about the Sinclair unit that I have, which works great. When shooting a match out of town and reloading in the hotel room the night before the second match day, it was really useful. And you can really feel the primer being seated.

And also noting that I presently use the RCBS bench mounted unit at home. That gets used without the primer feed tube....don't trust it!

Tom

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John Alexander posted this 4 weeks ago

There were some strong recommendations for the Frankfort in the lost thread Tom mentioned. It convinced me, but I haven't ordered one yet.

John

 

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pat i. posted this 4 weeks ago

Expensive but I really like my Sinclair priming tool. That thing would seat a road flare!

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Wm Cook posted this 4 weeks ago

I found the Sinclair tool by Googling Sinclair Int. and it was found with the remaining  "237" remaining items that was sold by Sinclair. 

Looking at what Sinclair stuff is still available brought back memories of getting their catalog 3 or 4 times a year.  Every time I got one back then it was like Christmas.  Fred did a great job of providing BR shooters what they needed, or at least what they thought they needed.  Of the 237 Sinclair items Brownell has on their site I think I bought about half of them.  Even down to the shooting stool.  They had quality products and the stainless steel hand primer looks solid.  I should get it just for old times sake.  Bill C.

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pat i. posted this 4 weeks ago

Even down to the shooting stool.

I've had my Sinclair shooting stool for years. Won't go to a range without it.

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sghart3578 posted this 4 weeks ago

I like mt RCBS hand primer but I recently bought a Lee bench primer.  The Lee works well and is dedicated to small primers while the RCBS does the large ones.

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hporter posted this 4 weeks ago

Link to the lost thread:

 

https://forum.castbulletassoc.org/thread/what-is-the-best-hand-held-priming-tool/

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cowdude posted this 4 weeks ago

For hand primers, I've been really happy with the Frankford Arsenal Platinum Series. It's sturdy and has a tray option which might come in handy for your batch sizes.

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lotech posted this 4 weeks ago

I've had a Sinclair but started using a 21st Century hand priming tool several years ago. Expensive and one-at-a-time priming, but an excellent tool.  

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Aaron posted this 4 weeks ago

After decades of sore thumbs, broken parts, and simply no leverage for those "hard ones", I have abandoned all hand priming tools and instead, now use the RCBS Automatic Priming Tool. It has enough leverage for even the hardest primer/case interface, seats the primers properly, and uses the "sticks" like feeding the Dillon press.

After establishing a rhythm, priming 100 cases is a snap. With 10 or 12 cases, I just hand place a primer into the retaining cup rather then use tubes to feed it. No more sore thumbs, no longer wonder if the primer was seated fully. Nice tool.

They can be had on Midway, Graf, and even Amazon for less than what is shown on the RCBS site.

 

With rifle in hand, I confidently go forth into the darkness.

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Premod70 posted this 4 weeks ago

RCBS sells a table mount tool that works much better that the squeeze types. I welded a 3 inch washer to the end of the arm to use as a pad and nothing I’ve seen in use will match it for comfort, consistency and longevity.

Forrest Gump is my smarter brother.

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fa38 posted this 4 weeks ago

I have two K&M tools one set up for small primers and the other for large primers.  Also have a CPA for the 25-20 Win and a Simmons for the 30-30 and 32-40 but use them mainly for de-capping. 

 

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Sevenfan posted this 4 weeks ago

Really like my 1st generation Sinclair priming tool and still use it for certain things but most of my priming today is done with an RCBS automatic tool, fast and simple to operate with a good seating feel.

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Ross Smith posted this 4 weeks ago

The CPA de-capper--capper is hand held. They are caliber specific though. The 30 cal will work on all 30 cals. etc. Ilike mine much better than using my reloading press.

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