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Old 07-07-2018, 06:24 PM
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I've been using various iterations of Lee hand held priming tools for 20+ years with good results, but not without some problems. The ErgoPrime is my current choice, but the plastic tray covers are a weak link and I occasionally get misfeeds and inadequately seated primers. Lee has very good customer service, so any broken parts have been replaced. I've also tried priming devices from Hornady and RCBS and just couldn't warm up to them.

I decided to look at everything available and bought a K&M Priming Tool from Midway (had my birthday discount as well). This requires putting each primer in the tool manually, so it's a bit slower. The tool is all steel, no plastic or pot metal, so it feels like it will last a lifetime. Leverage is excellent. It uses the Lee priming tool shell holders, of which I already have a complete set. I've now primed over 500 .38 Special and .45 ACP cases with this tool and am delighted. The seating depth is very finely adjustable and very reproducible. I use a Pacific primer turning plate that I bought about 45 years ago to get the primers turned upright and on a flat surface. I highly recommend this tool if you like hand-held priming.
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Old 07-07-2018, 07:21 PM
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I gave up on the current Lee products; not good tools. I tried two of the RCBS Universal models; these required an undue amount of effort and primers didn't always fully seat. I bought a 21st Century priming tool and have been very pleased with it. Seating single primers is only a bit slower than a priming tool with a magazine.

I've never used a K&M, but have only heard good reports about the tool. There's something to be said for good quality machine work, tight tolerances, and parts that are not made from plastic and cheap metal.

A tool like a K&M, 21st Century, or a Sinclair comes at a higher price, but when one considers how much such a device is used by many handloaders, the price is quite reasonable. Comfort is also worth something.
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