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nce cases are properly sized and
belled the next step is priming. It's
a simple operation. But if military
surplus cases are in the mix (whether rifle or
pistol) an additional step is required.
Military cases normally
use a crimped-in primer,
and that crimp must be
removed or a new primer
will not seat. RCBS makes
a simple and inexpensive primer pocket
swaging tool to deal with this.
There are a number of priming tools that
will mount on a single-stage press. But I find
that off-press priming is actually faster with
the " batch " method. It's more convenient
to get the case in and out, and inspect it for
proper seating.
There are a number of off-press priming
tools. Some are squeeze-type hand primers
that run in the $35 to $175 range. They work
well, but can be a bit fatiguing-especially
with some of the harder primers that require
more " squeeze force. "

Bench-mounted units will run from $25
to over $100. They do need to be firmly
mounted, but it doesn't have to be a
permanent mount. With my Lee Auto Bench
Prime (around $25 online, with caliber
specific shell holders around $5 each) I drilled
mounting holes into my reloading bench
and bought some over length screws and
wingnuts. That lets me install and remove it
as needed. It's quick, non-fatiguing and I can
prime about 400 cases per hour.
The separate sizing, belling and priming
operations don't have to be a continuous
evolution. Common 28-ounce plastic coffee
cans are airtight, make excellent storage
containers, and they're easily labeled as to the
contents. A couple of hours here and there
can easily fill one with 1,000 (or more) sized, or
belled or primed cases. When the primed case
can gets filled, it takes little time to crank out a
few hundred rounds for next weekend's match.
Powder charging is the next step, and that
needs to be immediately followed by seating
the bullet.

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PHOTO BY MANUFACTURER

A scale is mandatory for any reloader in
order to confirm powder charges. A simple,
inexpensive magnetic balance beam
scale will perform that task well.


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