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Old March 2, 2011, 11:21 PM   #1
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Problem seating primers

I'm using a rcbs hand primer seating...thing-a-ma-bob. Can't think of the word. And when I try to seat primers they stick out .008 in, according to my calipers. When I seat them it leaves a small dimple in the primer. I clean the primer pockets and uniform the flash holes of all my brass.

Now, if I were shooting a magazine fed or single shot rifle this wouldn't be a problem, but I'm shooting high recoil rounds out of a lever-action rifle. I'd rather not have it blow up on me and I don't want to destroy a rifle to find out if it will.

So is this a problem? I'm using beartooth mountain pile drivers, so huge flat nose. Right now my lever gun is a 2 shooter.
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Old March 2, 2011, 11:34 PM   #2
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I would work on getting the primers seated to flush or slightly below the base of the case before firing any of these.

What calibre are you loading?
What brand of brass, and what brand of primer?
Also what brand of shellholder are you using in your RCBS hand priming tool?


Flash hole deburring won't affect primer seating, but primer pocket uniforming can. I like the Sinclair uniformer for my brass. That said, you don't normally have to uniform them.
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Old March 2, 2011, 11:42 PM   #3
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45-70
Winchester, hornady, CCI primers
RCBS

I don't want to squeeze too hard and detonate the primers while seating them, and its already leaving a dimple in the primers when I seat them.
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Old March 3, 2011, 01:29 AM   #4
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I have one of the RCBS hand primers. I don't use it hardly any more. My first thought when you mention the dimple, which end of the priming rod are you putting in the "up" position? One end is flat. That is the end that is supposed to contact the primer. The other end is domed. It is supposed to go down into the interior of the mechanism. Other than that, I can't think of why you would get a dimple.
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Old March 3, 2011, 02:58 PM   #5
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Is this the first time you've used this priming tool? If so I would make sure you don't have it backwards. The surface of the primer ram on the bottom end is much smaller than the top end that is supposed to have the priming tip on it, which should be either the large tip or the small tip. Obviously one is for large pistol or large rifle priming, and the other for small pistol or small rifle priming. You wouldn't have a dimple present with the correct tip, no way, no how.
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Old March 3, 2011, 03:45 PM   #6
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I think its the rod. Maybe when it was machined? Its not perfectly flat, there's a small bump on it that leaves the dimple.
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Old March 5, 2011, 11:51 PM   #7
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One end of the rod is flat in the RCBS hand priming tool and one end is rounded. You want the flat end up towards the primer. There is a small rod and a large rod for this tool. You want the large rod for your large rifle primers in the .45-70. Large rod for large primers, small rod for small primers.
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Old March 6, 2011, 12:12 AM   #8
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Not familiar with your Priming tool but I have seen primer punches that had a tooling mark left in the center of the punch. If you've got the punch in correctly as already mentioned above, take a stone and stone down the little tooling mark left high in the center of your punch.
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Old March 6, 2011, 02:01 PM   #9
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Primers should be seated 3-4 thou below flush with the case head, never proud of the head.
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Old March 6, 2011, 02:23 PM   #10
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This used to happen all the time when I used my hand held lee auto-prime. If I use my actual press to prime however I get to exert a lot more force and therefore can fully seat the primer each time. Try this.
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Old March 6, 2011, 06:18 PM   #11
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Try a primer

pocket uniformer to square and bring the pocket to correct depth. I've had problems with military brass an this cures the problem for me.
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Old March 6, 2011, 06:48 PM   #12
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I will double on looking at which end of the rod you are using.
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Old March 6, 2011, 08:15 PM   #13
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It s sounds like its in the wrong way to me. I use mine exclusively and havent had any issues with it.
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