RCBS Hand Priming Tool
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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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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 ;-)
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.
If not, get the Universal Hand Priming Tool.
Most Recent Customer Reviews
Had to file some plastic and reform the rod, so primers would feed in.Published 4 days ago by Nathan Alandt
Had some trouble at first the primers wouldn't feed had to loosen the slid piece at the handle, also not sure i like the new design the push rod falls out and is hard to line up... Read morePublished 7 days ago by dieseldude
NOTE NOTE NOTE, Lee shell holders will NOT WORK in this tool. The packaging this tool comes in states that the tool is to be used with RCBS shell holders. Read morePublished 10 days ago by Lawrance Mytinger
Review correction. I was incorrectly comparing this to the old version of the Lee hand primer, but my critiques remain the same. Read morePublished 28 days ago by Nick Alonzo
I didn't buy this from Amazon, but thought I'd post here anyway. My hand primer was plagued by what I can only describe as poor quality control on the part of RCBS. Read morePublished 1 month ago by Michael S.
Wasted probably 45 primers. To all the critics of negative reviews: I received this as part of the RCBS Rock Chucker reloading package. I attempted to prime . Read morePublished 2 months ago by Hooker CH-47