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I hate my RCBS handprime tool.

Discussion in 'Reloading' started by kewa0501, Dec 5, 2011.

  1. kewa0501

    kewa0501

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    I was wondering if anyone else had problems and solutions for their RCBS handprime tool.



    Mine has a variety of problems:
    1) Primers do not feel well at all. I have to shake or tap it continuously to get them to feed.
    2) The primer tray cover likes to fall off or sits loose enough that when I tap it to get primers to flow that primers have a tendency to flip over.
    3) The ram doesn't always fall all the way back down not allowing the primer to flow correctly.

    So, short of buying something else, what have you done?
     
  2. Hogpauls

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    I've had similar problems with the cover, I just put a rubberband on it. I don't recall if the ram on mine stuck, I think it was the connecting rod from the lever to the main body. Some dry teflon lube squared that away and no complaints lately from it.
     


  3. fredj338

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    I sold mine & bought a Hornady, that solved the problem.
     
    Last edited: Dec 6, 2011
  4. kewa0501

    kewa0501

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    Did you ever have problems w/ primers feeding?
    I have been using duct tape (small strips) to keep it on but a big rubber band sounds way better!




    and believe me, I want the hornady or the blue kool-aid but I'm a college student.... $$$
     
  5. IndyGunFreak

    IndyGunFreak

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    I think he means the hornady hand priming tool
     
  6. jbrown13

    jbrown13

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    I guess I got lucky with my RCBS hand tool. Mine has worked flawlessly for seating tens of thousands of primers.
     
  7. fredj338

    fredj338

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    Then sell it to someone that likes Green & get the Lee. It does work, but I perfer the Hornady.
     
  8. I've used Lee's Auto prime for years. Even the new XR model works fine for me. In fact all of my Lee products have served me well over the years.
     
  9. AA#5

    AA#5

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    Same here. I used the RCBS for a week then bought the Hornady - WAY better.
     
    Last edited: Dec 6, 2011
  10. Hogpauls

    Hogpauls

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    Only before I put the rubberband on it.
     
  11. Zombie Steve

    Zombie Steve Decap Pin Killa

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    I thought I was the only one...
     
  12. WiskyT

    WiskyT Malcontent

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    Mine works fine. It is a bit of a PITA to change shellholders. I only use it for 30-06 so I got an extra shellholder and just leave it installed.
     
  13. Taterhead

    Taterhead Counting Beans

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    100% with large pistol and rifle primers. Had some problems with small primers flipping sidewayswhen entering the case. Contacted RCBS who promptly sent out new plastic parts and a new case holder. Kudos for the customer service.

    100% since. The ram can get sticky if the little plastic doodad that holds the case holder is not set right. Also the tray must be fully seated. If I do my part to get the setups right, then no problems.
     
  14. oldsoldier

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    I use Lee Auto Prime tools. I have one for large primers and one for small primers. They are often on sale at Midway.
     
  15. 19112TAP

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    I have had some of the same problems you all have seen but that being said I just use it and go on with life and some day I might replace it.
     
  16. PCJim

    PCJim Senior Member

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    I haven't had any problems that I can recall with mine, but must admit it is very rare that I use it.
     
  17. Fatdaddy

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    Mine works great. I have noticed problems when using the Lee shellholders with it. They will cause the ram to bind sometimes. If the shellholder's lined up correctly it shouldn't bind.
     
  18. Uncle Don

    Uncle Don Wood butcher

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    Careful - you'll get in trouble for that kind of talk around here. :whistling:
     
  19. Steve Koski

    Steve Koski Got Insurance? Millennium Member

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    I have several Lee products that have NEVER failed, even once.
     
  20. GioaJack

    GioaJack Conifer Jack

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    Take 'em out of the box and try usin' 'em. :whistling:


    Jack