Hand priming and then loading by press...

Discussion in 'The Ammo & Reloading Forum' started by rnshooter, Apr 10, 2005.

  1. rnshooter

    rnshooter New Member

    May 25, 2003
    New Orleans
    I recently purchased a Lee Pro 1000 and have loaded about 200 rounds on it so far. I like the press, however, the priming system is not the best/easiest to use. Hence, I ordered a Lee hand priming tool, which I hear are real nice and work really well. My question is, what will be the easiest way to crank out the most rounds...my though is this, I will have to resize/deprime all of my brass, then take that die out of the press to finish the round. Because I definetly do not want to attempt to deprime a case with a live primer in it. The resizing/depriming die is real easy to set-up. Is this the way to go, or is there another way and I haven't thought of it yet. Thanks for the input.

    be safe
  2. verdejt

    verdejt New Member

    Jan 27, 2005
    I have a Lee 4 hole autoindexing Turret Press and I use the Lee hand priming tool. I like it a lot and works great. I usually clean and then deprime and size my brass. Then I use the hand prime and prime the lot that I am going to reload (I do lots of 100). Then I set up my press with the charge die,seating die, and crimp die. I like to measure every 5th round or so to ensure accuracy. I load handgun stuff mostly, I am just starting to reload for .308.

  3. mtnboomer

    mtnboomer New Member

    Jun 13, 2004
    Oklahoma by birth. America by the grace of God.
    Love my Lee Hand Priming Tool! It really give you a precise feel when the primer seats. It's not fast, so if you are loading large amounts of ammo you might eventually get a Lee Auto Prime system for your progressive press. ;)
  4. matty

    matty New Member

    Mar 1, 2005
    just tell your wife you bought her a hand exerciser to work the flab out of those fingers. show her what to do and then let her at it.

    my wife primes alot of my brass for me. ( she beats me at arm wrestling though, and she opens her own jars now too ) :)
  5. Icon-oclast

    Icon-oclast New Member

    Aug 19, 2004
    Except for cranking out large volumes of handgun ammo on the Dillon, I prime separately using an RCBS tool (don't know what it is called, but I've had it 25+ years which bolts to the bench and uses the same primer tubes as if one were using the press-mounted tooling). I'm sure the Lee hand tool works as well, and it has the added advantage of working in front of the TV. I'm not a big fan of seating primers with a press. I've done it and continue to do it, but cull out enough bad ones that I would never conceive of doing so unless I was performing a careful QC when packaging the finished rounds.
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