Gateway Kid SASS# 70038 Life Posted December 24, 2022 Share Posted December 24, 2022 Couldn’t sleep so started reading wire and saloon posts about 3:30 am. In numerous threads shooter’s talked about the superiority of hand priming over letting the machine do it. Most cited fewer high primers when using the hand primer. I have been using Dillon 550, 650 or 750 machines since 1982 and in that time have never owned a hand primer. Last weekend had my second high primer and both of those were off of my two year old 750. At a low rough guess, between all the machines, about 400,000 cowboy loads and perhaps another 100,000 three gun and other competition loads. Throw in another 30,000 shot shells on a MEC Sizemaster or my current 9000 GN with no high primers ever and I feel I am somehow missing the potential benefits of hand priming. So my questions are: 1) is the slower hand priming worth the saving of a 1 in 250,000 high primer in cartridge loading vs the time spent priming off the press. 2) how many use the hand primer vs the machine and what has been your experience? 3) i prime by the procedures in the appropriate manual and have developed a “feel” for a properly seated primer, is this “feel” how others do it and is it different from the hand primer? 4) when using the hand primer is a high primer common or uncommon? Regards Gateway Kid 1 Quote Link to comment Share on other sites More sharing options...
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