Brass primer tubes?

Discussion in 'The Ammo & Reloading Forum' started by medalguy, Feb 18, 2011.

  1. medalguy

    medalguy Member

    627
    Feb 20, 2009
    New Mexico
    I just bought a lot of primer tubes on evilbay for some Dillon tubes in the lot. There are also some brass tubes, large and small primer size, that I can't ID. Anyone who can help, please do so.

    These are about 12 inches long, tapered down the last 1/8 inch or so, and have a crossways hole in one end that looks like it may take a cotter pin to retain primers. Nothing on the other end, except one tube out of 5 has the taper and crossways hole in that end also. The other 4 are pretty squared off on the opposite end with no hole.

    I know this isn't a great description, but can anyone tell me what these might fit? Thanks.
     
  2. 312shooter

    312shooter Well-Known Member

    Mar 17, 2008
    Las Vegas NV
    The Lyman presses have (had?) used brass primer tubes on their presses. Yes that hole is for a retaining pin to be used while filling the tube and inverting it to load the tube into the press.
     

  3. Waldog

    Waldog Member

    176
    Jun 7, 2007
    I have a ancient RCBS A2 press that is about 50 years old and it has brass primer tubes.
     
  4. medalguy

    medalguy Member

    627
    Feb 20, 2009
    New Mexico
    Any way to tell which I have? I have no use for them and was going to offer them to someone who could use them but I'd like to know what they fit.
     
  5. JLA

    JLA Well-Known Member

    Feb 26, 2007
    Heart Of Texas
    most likely lymans. I bought a buttload of old reloading equipment that the previous owner breathed lyman like I breathe LEE and it had a set of brass tubes and were exactly as you describe...
     
  6. medalguy

    medalguy Member

    627
    Feb 20, 2009
    New Mexico
    Well, thanks. I have a buddy who has a lot of Lyman stuff. I'll see if they fit anything he has.
     
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