Poor man's "precision" or rather, more-consistent priming tool

  • Last Post 11 April 2018
Pentz posted this 10 April 2018

Like many, I prefer the older Lee hand priming tool for simplicity, ease of use and relative consistency.  I occasionally press too hard and flatten a primer.  Today my eye fell upon a set of felt pads for my reloading room stool, this pad happens to be the right thickness to soften the final seating press for my hand, at least.  It works pretty well for my LC 30/06 military competition brass.  I'm sure that others have come up with similar modifications.


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Wineman posted this 11 April 2018

A few years back, I was able to get a stash of Berdan primers. Since they do not have an anvil in the cup it is easy to seat them too deep and crush the primer pellet. I found a thin piece of wooden cigar box top about 3/32" thick. This stops the ram at just the right point to seat the Berdan primers so the anvil in the case just touches the pellet. There was a way to measure with a #8 shot pellet in the primer to get the pellet depth and use the caliper depth gauge to find the anvil height. Long story short, the piece of wood worked perfectly.


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Ross Smith posted this 11 April 2018

I actually like to use a lyman 310 tool, awkward yes, but does the job. My CPA prime-deprime is better.

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