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Howard Law

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I'm getting back into handloading after being out of it for about 10 years. When I used to handload I would use a Lee Auto Prime tool and it worked great. It appears that Lee discontinued the Auto Prime and replaced it with something that is universally reviled in every review I've read. Reviews of other hand priming tools are lukewarm on the whole.

I stumbled across a Lyman Ram Prime system that seems like a decent way to go and is priced right:

Has anyone used this kind of system? Would you talk me into (or out of) buying one?
 

dial1911

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this is all I will ever use
Same one I have... awesome for off press priming.

Thre only issue I've seen with the priming systems on single stage presses is that if you get a primer stuck before it fully sets, your whole operation is shut down.
 
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I’ve only ever primed on my Dillon 550. I just haven’t seen a need to do it any other way. So, what am I missing? What is the appeal of priming by hand?
 

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I’ve only ever primed on my Dillon 550. I just haven’t seen a need to do it any other way. So, what am I missing? What is the appeal of priming by hand?
Well, when I started out my old RCBS JR2 (the small single stage) didn't even have a primer option.

Now I do it all on my Dillon too.
 
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Jeddak

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I’ve only ever primed on my Dillon 550. I just haven’t seen a need to do it any other way. So, what am I missing? What is the appeal of priming by hand?
Can feel if primer is seated all the way.
Can do it in the living room while visiting with the family or watching TV.
 
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Tedkennedy

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I'm getting back into handloading after being out of it for about 10 years. When I used to handload I would use a Lee Auto Prime tool and it worked great. It appears that Lee discontinued the Auto Prime and replaced it with something that is universally reviled in every review I've read. Reviews of other hand priming tools are lukewarm on the whole.

I stumbled across a Lyman Ram Prime system that seems like a decent way to go and is priced right:

Has anyone used this kind of system? Would you talk me into (or out of) buying one?
The RCBS handheld is what I use. I loved my old Auto Prime, but it broke and now no great options are available.

The RCBS takes some getting used to, but you'll find it's similar, if a little slower.
 
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Herk

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I’ve only ever primed on my Dillon 550. I just haven’t seen a need to do it any other way. So, what am I missing? What is the appeal of priming by hand?
In my case, it's that I'm trying to use what I've got: a Lee single-stage. Maybe one day I'll step up to a progressive press but right now I've got what I've got.
 
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Herk

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The RCBS handheld is what I use. I loved my old Auto Prime, but it broke and now no great options are available.

The RCBS takes some getting used to, but you'll find it's similar, if a little slower.
It looks like RCBS has two versions, one that takes shell holders and one that doesn't need shell holders. Do you prefer one or the other?