I've owned a old Lee Autoprimer going on 25 years and it has always served me well. I like the fact that one can "feel" the seating of the primer inorder to seat primers uniformly.Loved the old Lee Autoprime, but wore out two. Had to settle for the new one and it's a piece of ****. Anyone care to offer opinions on a better priming tool ?
They no longer make parts for the original Autoprime. Been there last year. Not an option here. Wish it were. I might have someone make me two new toggle links.Shoot them an e-mail with a description of the problem and the Model Number or a photo of the unit. There are several versions of the autoprime. I have always found them to be helpful and very cooperative.
I may try that one.I've used an RCBS universal tool for 15 years. Pretty much perfect. It has jaws that self center the case (regardless of caliber, no setup required) much like a Forster press. If I lost it, I would buy another one just like it. Note it's the $60-$70 one model 90201, not the cheaper one.
I avoided using lube on it for fear of contaminating the primers. Started using a lil dab of grease too late in the 2nd tool's life.I have two original Autoprimes, one set up for large, the other for small. A dab of grease on the toggle link once in a while does wonders.
Granted mine weren't perfect out of the box but Lee sent me 2 new steel links and for 30 years neither have failed.
One of them the lid is "loose" but a bit of masking tape holds it locked.
Like with anything in reloading they take a bit of patience.