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RCBS Hand Priming Tool

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122 customer reviews
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  • Seats primers quickly and safely; includes large and small primer plugs
  • Safety mechanism separates the seating operation from the primer supply, virtually eliminating the possibility of tray detonation
  • Fits in your hand for portable primer seating
  • Primer tray installation requires no contact with the primers
  • Uses the same RCBS shell holders (post-1980) as RCBS presses
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The RCBS Hand Priming Tool not only seats primers quickly, it’s also the safest. A patented safety mechanism separates the seating operation from the primer supply, virtually eliminating the possibility of tray detonation. Fits in your hand for portable primer seating. Primer tray installation requires no contact with the primers. Uses the same RCBS shell holders (post-1980) as RCBS presses. Made of durable cast metal. Includes large and small primer plugs.

Product Details

  • Product Dimensions: 10.3 x 4.9 x 1.8 inches ; 15 ounces
  • Shipping Weight: 15.2 ounces (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Domestic Shipping: Item can be shipped within U.S.
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  • ASIN: B000PW71LO
  • Item model number: 90200
  • Average Customer Review: 4.4 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (122 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #32,252 in Sports & Outdoors (See Top 100 in Sports & Outdoors)
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27 of 28 people found the following review helpful By Michael J. Edelman TOP 100 REVIEWERVINE VOICE on February 28, 2012
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I bought my RCBS primer to replace a Lee I'd purchased back in the 80s, mainly to get the built-in primer feed tray. It does work pretty well, and it's built like a tank. The curved metal band you see in the photo serves as a gate to isolate the primer being loaded from those in the tray- a good safety feature. I found, contrary to some reviewers, that Lee shell holders worked in it as well as the RCBS shell holder I bought for it. Still, I have a few issues with it.

First, the primer rod, as others have noted, *will* fall out if you tip the primer over. That's not good. Being used to the Lee, I had to chase the rod on the floor a few times before I learned to keep it upright. You also have to be careful when inserting the priming rod. It's rounded on one end, where it contacts the lever that pushes it up, and flat on the end that contacts the primer. Put it in upside down- which is very easy to do- and you'll end up denting your primers, resulting in an unsafe load. A more serious problem (to me, at least) is that there's only one priming tray for both large and small primers. I load primarily .38 target wadcutters, and I found that unless you were very careful, small pistol primers had a disconcerting habit of flipping sideways or upside down as they moved from the tray to the loader. It's inconvenient, as well as possibly dangerous, to load a primer upside down.

So while I like this primer, and it's certainly built better than the Lee, I find that the Lee is less troublesome in practice. I haven't yet tried the new Lee Ergo primer, or the Hornady, so I'm still looking for the ideal priming too.

Update: I'm now using the new Lee Ergo priming tool. It has great feel- even better than the RCBS- and it doesn't have the problem with primers flipping over in the tray when the lid is on. On the other hand, it doesn't do as good a job as the RCBS of flipping primers when the tray lid is off. Maybe I'll try the Hornady tool next ;-)
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19 of 22 people found the following review helpful By Jerome Frasch on March 23, 2009
For those of you who doubt that you need this item think again. I had the chance to borrow one of the other brands (the brand name started with a L)and I decided it would be nice to have one. At first I thought of buying the "L" brand but after looking at RCBS it was a no brainer to buy it. No shellholders, the primer hopper also acts as a primer flipper, it fits a guys hand so much better and it takes 1/2 the effort to seat a primer. Now instead of setting at the bench seating primers I can be watching TV in my easy chair and get the job done.
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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful By illuminator77 on March 10, 2015
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I want to love this hand primer, I really do. I have loaded hundreds of shells with this priming tool, and after destroying fifty or so primers I finally realized the proper technique to load 100 and only destroy 1 or 2. Had this device come with more elaborate instructions I would have come to this realization much sooner.

That was my biggest gripe with this tool. While it is full capable of loading primers with ease, it requires a certain technique to be able to do. The directions explained that if you feel pressure, do not force it. Well instead they should have explained how to avoid this pressure in the first place. after going through a stage where I was losing 10 out of 100 rounds and my hand felt like it was sprained I started to experiment with the loading tool.

If you want the primer to go in smoothly with ease, instead of just positioning the the shell on the tool and pulling the lever, take your fingers from your free hand hold the shell. Use your hand holding the shell to gently wiggle the shell back and forth over the priming shaft. instead of pulling the lever quickly to load it, take your time gently easing the primer up. when you feel contact, wiggle the brass and hold a light pressure until you feel the primer slide in with ease.

TL;DR This thing is a pain unless you work it patiently. If you don't follow a careful and precise technique then you will waste primers and hurt your hand really bad.
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5 of 5 people found the following review helpful By Zehn of Sparta on April 27, 2013
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If you have the shell holders this one will serve you well for many, many years.
If not, get the Universal Hand Priming Tool.
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7 of 9 people found the following review helpful By Jerry H. Bond TOP 500 REVIEWER on July 25, 2008
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This hand primer is made by RCBS. Many reloaders consider RCBS to be the best manufacturer of reloading supplies. Some don't. I do. It is accurate and fast. It sure beats pulling a hand lever on a bench-mounted press every time you want to seat a primer. A shell holder is needed for the caliber of brass to be primed. Once the primers are in the hopper, a slight shaking turns all the primers in the right direction. The flat side of the priming rod must always be facing upward toward the primer. The round side might cause a primer to fire. The only problem I've had has been my own fault, not the tool's. If the primer well is not adequately beveled or cleaned to accept a new primer, the primer will jam with the flattened or damaged primer in place. PMC brass is the worst I've found. PMC primer wells have to be enlarged to accept CCI primers. The entire priming tool will have to be disassembled to remove the jam. I lock the assembly into a padded bench vice and gently drive out the damaged primer with a steel rod flattened on the end.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By Amazon Customer on February 12, 2013
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This tool makes priming easy and fast. It offers more precise seating of primers in the pockets, and even helps identify pockets that might be a little more "well loved" than new brass might have. Setting it up was easy, and is is fairly intuative.
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