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Kinda/sorta reminds me of a LEE Ram Prime die (used for seating primers), with that place of top to attach a shell holder! That little thing on the right has me confused, though.
 

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Kinda/sorta reminds me of a LEE Ram Prime die (used for seating primers), with that place of top to attach a shell holder! That little thing on the right has me confused, though.
Yeah, you could be right, yet the fact that a 223 case fits so well into the “die’ has me thinking it could have something to do with bullet seating. The “holder” does not fit easily into the upper part of the die;certainly MUCH tighter than a shell holder would fit into the top of a press ram.
 

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The shell holder looking thing isn't a shell holder. It goes in the press ram and there should be a rod with a spring and a cup that fits the hole in it that goes up through the die to seat the primer. There's large and small primer rods and holders. Shell holders should fit the die. Looks just like my RCBS press primer.
 
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The shell holder looking thing isn't a shell holder. It goes in the press ram and there should be a rod with a spring and a cup that fits the hole in it that goes up through the die to seat the primer. There's large and small primer rods and holders. Shell holders should fit the die. Looks just like my RCBS press primer.
Thanks for the insight! Sure seems like a slow process!
 

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It is and, you have to handle every primer which makes for a chance to foul one though I never had it happen. I went to the RCBS hand held primer...decades ago. I don't think I've used the press priming since.
 
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This is what the Lee "ram prime" looks like:
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Picture was copied from the internet so not great quality, but you get the idea!
 

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Looks like the same principle.
 

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Well I'll be a monkeys uncle! I have the priming rod holder. I always wondered what it was. I don't know where it came from. I've never had the whole kit.
 
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