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    Default Who Makes This Hand Primer?

    This was originally my Grandfathers and I still load 30 cal with it. I believe it is late 50's or 60's. I would like to get some other shell holders because you can feel the primer seating. There are not any markings on it at all. I thought it was a Herters but looking through there old catalogs I am pretty sure it is not. Any ideas?
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    I think Lee made in back in the 60's. I had one at one time- may still have it around somewhere. It had the typical Lee look of cast potmetal - but like the rest of the Lee stuff it worked fine.


    Quote Originally Posted by skidoomxzx View Post
    This was originally my Grandfathers and I still load 30 cal with it. I believe it is late 50's or 60's. I would like to get some other shell holders because you can feel the primer seating. There are not any markings on it at all. I thought it was a Herters but looking through there old catalogs I am pretty sure it is not. Any ideas?
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    I had one many years back but canít remember for sure if it was Lee or RCBS. Soon as I discovered the Lee Autoprime it got lost.

    tvfink says Lee and I kind of lean that way myself.
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    Your grandfathers!? I still have one of those and I believe it was designed by Lachmiller but sold by RCBS. RCBS modified it to accept standard shell holders. Mine has the screw in holders like yours. I have primed a lot of cases with one of those. I bought the first one in 1965 with a set of dies from RCBS for a defunct caliber, the 244 Remington. I couldn't buy ammo for the 244 so I made my own. Boy was I dumb. It does allow good feel when seating and I have seen them used by the bench shooters at the range when loading for BR comp.
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    I still have mine and it is a screw in type. Never use it anymore, the Lee Auto-Prime replacing it.

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    Spend the 20 or 25 dollars and buy a new one. It will hold the primers in a tray so you really do not have to touch them and then have the potential to contaminate the primers.
    Some of that old technology was great, back in the old days. The modern stuff works better in most cases. And you can "feel" when the primer seats. Put that old piece on ebay, reap what you can, and get a new one!

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    I believe it was designed by Lachmiller but sold by RCBS
    The man is correct.

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    I appreciate the reply's to the brand name. Now that I know what I am looking for I may keep an eye out for shell holders.

    I have and use a Lee Auto prime. I don't want to sell it, I want to use it for certain times and places. I happen to like to hand load while in camp for the night. If we all did things the same way what fun would that be. I guess my Herter's turrret press is no good either.

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    It's a Lee Hand Priming Tool. No longer made and to my knowledge the shell holders are no longer made either. You might try eBay or Cast Boolits wed site. Keep tring you will find what you want eventually.

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    Default Lee made it.

    I finally found it in the 7th Edition of the Handloader Digest (from 1975?) The list cost was $2.95 with extra shellholders priced at $1.89.


    Quote Originally Posted by chris112 View Post
    It's a Lee Hand Priming Tool. No longer made and to my knowledge the shell holders are no longer made either. You might try eBay or Cast Boolits wed site. Keep tring you will find what you want eventually.
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    Quote Originally Posted by Murphy View Post
    Your grandfathers!? I still have one of those and I believe it was designed by Lachmiller but sold by RCBS. RCBS modified it to accept standard shell holders. Mine has the screw in holders like yours. I have primed a lot of cases with one of those. I bought the first one in 1965 with a set of dies from RCBS for a defunct caliber, the 244 Remington. I couldn't buy ammo for the 244 so I made my own. Boy was I dumb. It does allow good feel when seating and I have seen them used by the bench shooters at the range when loading for BR comp.
    Hope you hung on to the 244. Remington only labelled them that way for 2 years then changed the name to 6mm Remington. If you find one marked 6mm Remington Magnum those were only a few hundred.

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