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Vibra-prime

Discussion in 'Reloading' started by Roughedgekid, Apr 13, 2011.

  1. Roughedgekid

    Roughedgekid Old Fart

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    Why did they stop makeing the vibra-prime? Bought one many years ago and liked it so much I bought a spare. Now I'm using my spare and was going to get another and cant find them. Anybody know who sells them?
    Thanks
     
  2. unclebob

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    No one sells them anymore. Why they quite? I have not been able to find an answer to that question. I have one but I wish they would start making them again.
     


  3. Roughedgekid

    Roughedgekid Old Fart

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    I think I will email Midway and ask since thats where I got mine.
     
  4. sig2009

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    Don't bother. I have emailed them numerous times about selling the vibra prime again and never got a response. I even talked to the guys at Battenfeld Technologies at the Shot Show 2 years in a row telling them there was a huge demand for this again. This is why Midway sucks. They do not care about the customer!!!!!
     
  5. IndyGunFreak

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    Midway is just a reseller. If BT doesn't want to make it, Midway can't hold a gun to their head and make them produce it. Has nothing to do w/ not caring about the customer... My guess there's a couple reasons they don't make them anymore.

    1. They were not profitable
    2. They were not reliable, and thus had a high return rate (which reflected on #1)

    I agree, they are a great tool and wish they'd make it again, but it is what it is.

    IGF
     
  6. Roughedgekid

    Roughedgekid Old Fart

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    I emailed BT and this is what they said

    Larry,
    Thank you for your email and interest in our products. Unfortunately the Vibra Prime product has been discontinued, and at this time we have no plans to put it back into production.

    Thank you,
    Justin O'Riley
    Administrative Sales Specialist
    Battenfeld Technologies, Inc.


    I guess I'd better take care of the one I have.
     
  7. unclebob

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    Trouble is they well not tell why they took it out of production.
     
  8. Boxerglocker

    Boxerglocker Jacks #1 Fan

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    I heard in numerous threads elsewhere when researching this topic a while back trying to find a vibra-prime that they are actually the same company, owned by the Potterfields.

    Battenfeld Technologies, Inc.
    5885 W. Van Horn Tavern Rd.
    Columbia, MO 65203
    Phone: 573-446-3857
    Orders: 877-509-9160
    Fax: 573-446-6606
    Email: sales@battenfeldtechnologies.com


    MidwayUSA
    Attention: Customer Service
    5875 West Van Horn Tavern Road
    Columbia, MO 65203-9274
     
  9. GioaJack

    GioaJack Conifer Jack

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    Send a PM to JMorris... he'll build you a unit that not only loads primers but makes you a cup of coffee and a bagel... with cream cheese.


    Jack
     
  10. gwalchmai

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    The VP is a plastic tool handling brass parts. Excessive wear is inherent in the design. It should be re-engineered so all the wear parts are at least aluminum, or probably steel. But then it would be too expensive and we wouldn't buy enough of them to justify the effort.
     
  11. Roughedgekid

    Roughedgekid Old Fart

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    When mine finaly quits I'll figure out something , I got a wild hair a few years back a loaded enough handgun bullets to last five years and been loading odd ball on a single stage. Got the dillon off the shelf and used it for some 38 this week , I'd forgot how much faster it was than the single stage.
     
  12. unclebob

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    I have at least if not more than 100,000 primers through mine and nothing has knock on wood has worn out yet. I do not use the primer tubes that came with the VP I never could get them to work right. I just hold my Dillon primer tubes in the hole. Pull the trigger and a couple of seconds later the tube is full. Putting a slight chamfer on the inside of the primer pickup tubes helps also in the primers starting to go down the tube.
     
  13. gwalchmai

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    I loved mine but once it got worn it was such a pain to use I can load tubes manually as fast as using the VP.

    ETA: UB, that was my technique, too.
     
    Last edited: Apr 14, 2011
  14. unclebob

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    What got worn?
     
  15. gwalchmai

    gwalchmai Lucky Member

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    I'm not sure, TTYTT. LPs started binding as they fell into the tubes. I could jiggle things around and reinsert the primer tube and it would work for awhile (10-20 primers) and then bind up again.
     
  16. unclebob

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    Did you chamfer the inside of your pickup tubes? I know that helped a lot. I also had better luck with small primers than I did with the large primers. Small primers very seldom well hang-up.
     
  17. gwalchmai

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    Yes, I did chamfer the tubes, and it helped a lot. Worked great for years. And I also have better luck with SPs.

    In fact, I may try re-chamfering. I did mine at about 45 degrees. You think shallower may be better?
     
  18. unclebob

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    Only one way to find out.
     
  19. WiskyT

    WiskyT Malcontent

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    And real lox, not that nova crap.
     
  20. dbarry

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    Question on the primer tubes... why not use a hand prime tool and skip the tubes? I helped my bro with his hornady LNL AP, and loading those tubes one primer at a time seemed tedious compared to my hand-prime. I think I primed 500 cases while watching Top Shot the other night.

    (btw: George's mouth - dang he grates on my nerves. Glad Jamie opened a big ole can of shut-up on Ashley. Cant wait till he does that to George)

    Anyway - what is the advantage to using the primer tubes?