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post #1 of 11 (permalink) Old 02-03-2012, 11:44 PM Thread Starter
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Primer tool

For years now I have used the RCBS Rock Chucker to set my primers. Is a priming tool going to improve my accuracy? Is it worth the money??

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help accuracy? don't know. better feel of how primer is seating. yes. quicker? yes. load the tray with 100 primers, sit in front of tv, and go to town. takes some of the boring out. imho worth every penny.
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I agree-it makes seating primers something you do in front of the TV, or internet surfing if you are stuck with dial-up!

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Re: Primer tool

I don't think so. What will help your accuracy more than the tools is having the appropriate primer for the load, a clean primer pocket. a good channel through the web and a well seated primer. If you can get thoes things with whatever tools you are using then I think you will be in good shape.

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If I have good clean primer pockets how important to accuracy is having the primer holes uniform? I have never reworked primer holes in the past.

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Re: Primer tool

With some brass, you need to uniform the primer pockets and the internal flash holes. The pocket has to seat each primer consistently alike. If primer holes are factory punched, it leaves a small mushroom inside, which should be removed.

I never did like the primer arms on my Rock Chucker. I used the Lee Auto Prime for years until I started reading stories of exploding primers exploding for some people with it. Now I use the K&M. It hand loads one at a time but is very safe. The Sinclair and new RCBS may be just as good.

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Except for military brass that requires the primer crimp to be removed, I have never done anything to a primer pocket and channel other than clean them out. When setting primers the thing to look for rlative to fit are lose primers. When I find a piece of brass with a lose primer pocket I set it aside and at the end of the reloading session I deprime it and discard the case.

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I use the RCBS APS bench priming setup.........it is the one that takes the plastic strips that you load with primers........I like to prime large volumes of brass at once, so a bench tool is better for me

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Re: Primer tool

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If I have good clean primer pockets how important to accuracy is having the primer holes uniform? I have never reworked primer holes in the past.
It depends on what your goal is. For hunting, it won't matter.
For precision shooting at LONG range... it will.
LONG range (600+ yard shooters) often will:
1) uniform primer pockets
2) debur flash holes
3) uniform/turn case necks
4) sort cases by weight & volume
5) sort bullets by weight
6) uniform tips

All sort of minuscule & tedious steps that will get them an extra .1 MOA
For 80% of the shooters, they aren't good enough for it to matter.

Try a few and see if it makes a difference for you.
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Re: Primer tool

Couldn't say about improvements in accuracy, but I've never had any complaints with my approach. All I've ever used is the Lee Auto Prime. One for small primers, one for large primers.

And I don't use them while doing anything else. Don't like any distractions during any reloading process.

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