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RCBS bench priming vs RCBS hand priming tool

Discussion in 'Reloading' started by LAP35, Aug 18, 2010.

  1. LAP35


    Dec 22, 2005
    NE Ohio
    What are your thoughts on which is better/efficient, and why?
  2. skankpile

    skankpile CLM

    Oct 27, 2008
    Houston, TX
    on pistol rounds I use my dillon press, and on benchrest/rifle I use a hand press.

    I usually do pistol rounds a couple hundred at a time, and the rifle stuff is usually around 25 per, mic'ed, weighed out to the .01 grain and checked for concentricity...

    You can better feel the seat by hand and you can better judge the pockets so if you want waterproof pistol rounds I guess the handload would be helpful on used brass but I think its a waste of time for pistol.
    Last edited: Aug 18, 2010

  3. Zombie Steve

    Zombie Steve Decap Pin Killa

    May 31, 2007
    Old Colorado City
    Hand priming tool - you can feel it.


    Yet to experience my first high primer / misfire.
  4. rg1


    Aug 5, 2003
    For a few years I primed on my press. Bought the RCBS Bench Mounted Priming tool like this one: I have not used a hand priming tool and don't wish to even though a lot of people like them. The RCBS automatic priming tool has just the right amount of leverage for great feel. It feeds primers automatically from the primer tubes. Uses standard shellholders to hold cases. You can place primers one at a time to the primer punch cup. I've had the RCBS tool for many years and have primed many thousands of cases and I wouldn't use anything else, ever. Don't feel like squeezing my old hands hundreds of times at a sitting.
  5. AA#5


    Nov 26, 2008
    Hand priming. But IMO, the Hornady tool is way better.
  6. I hand prime both pistol and rifle. Use a Lee hand primer. Works well. Inexpensive. I have two - one set up for small primers and the other for large.
  7. G36_Me


    Aug 4, 2009
    I have 3 of the Lee hand held primers. Just wrote in black dry mark the caliber they are set up for so I don't have to switch them around. I bought my first based upon price, as an experiment. Again, now up to 3 of them.

    I do wonder if the more expensive hand primers are better. I used to do all my loading on my RCBS single stage 'on the press', now do it all on hand loader.
  8. unclebob


    Oct 14, 2000
    Mary Esther FL
    I have about 7 Lee hand priming tool that are about 40 + years old. I also have 2 of the newer Lee hand primers. Also have an RCBS and Hornady hand primers. As well as an RCBS Automatic Bench Priming Tool.
    Now depending on how much you are planning on priming and how much you want too spend. All the above mentioned you can fell the primers being seated. The Lee is cheaper and you can buy two one large and one small. But for the operation of the hand primer I like the Hornady better. You use your fingers too squeeze not your thumb.
    If you have a lot of brass too prime you cannot beat the RCBS Automatic Bench Tool.
    If I had too pick between all of them, I would go with the RCBS Bench Tool.