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Thread: Problem with Lee Loader primer tool problem

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    Boolit Buddy wilecoyote's Avatar
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    Quote Originally Posted by barrabruce View Post
    I mostly use a lead ingot from tipping over what I have left over in my lead pot.
    It takes the ding and clang out.
    With the 44 mag I used vasalene as case lube and a lead hammer after I wrecked the plastic insert.
    I just wrapped cardboard around the hammer head and kept it their with tape.filled the screw section and cardboard reservoir with a large ladle/tin can of alloy I was using.

    Makes for quieter loading and less case base beating.
    I only had to neck size a wee bit. Like a thou to finger seat the cast bullets I was using.

    I tried some other lube but it didn’t work to well.

    Annealing the necks really helps.

    I didn’t crimp for the single shot they were used for.
    The de primer pin I taped up till it just fit into the neck of the case.
    I found it difficult to get it into the primer hole at times.
    I think the cases are hard worked and the bases are soft.
    Hope it helps.
    ...building a lead hammerhead before destroying my plastic one seems very reasonable. thanks for the input!
    ...next thing you know they'll want your pistol and your tobacco...

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    Quote Originally Posted by mdi View Post
    44 Magnums seems to be one case that is harder to resize than most handgun cases. My method was a good lubing (Mink Oil Boot Dressing) on a clean case and my plastic mallet (a dead bow hammer works well too.). I most often used a lead ingot/puck as an anvil and made sure I was hitting the case square in the bottom. The blows need to be a "forceful push" rather than a "tap, tap, tap". I have done hundred 44 Magnums and not damage any cases or the tool.
    again it seems that the creative use of lead as anvil to lower noise
    and the forceful push concept can really pay off... Thanks again !
    ...next thing you know they'll want your pistol and your tobacco...

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    Quote Originally Posted by John in WI View Post
    I sent a picture to LEE, and they simply sent a link to order a new one. Free, I pay shipping.

    For $10, I'm not going to mess with it anymore. But thanks for the thoughts and help.
    now THAT RIGHT THERE is customer service done perfectly...good on you LEE.

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    Champhering /countersinking primer pockets...just a wee twirl with your case mouth deburring tool does it too easy...and primers slip in oh so easily...dont get carried away,just a wee bit of brass removed,enough to take sharp corner off 1mm at most.

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Abbreviations used in Reloading

BP Bronze Point IMR Improved Military Rifle PTD Pointed
BR Bench Rest M Magnum RN Round Nose
BT Boat Tail PL Power-Lokt SP Soft Point
C Compressed Charge PR Primer SPCL Soft Point "Core-Lokt"
HP Hollow Point PSPCL Pointed Soft Point "Core Lokt" C.O.L. Cartridge Overall Length
PSP Pointed Soft Point Spz Spitzer Point SBT Spitzer Boat Tail
LRN Lead Round Nose LWC Lead Wad Cutter LSWC Lead Semi Wad Cutter
GC Gas Check