By: Pete Moore
Whereas previously the operating lever was pressed with the thumb, the latest version features a lever squeezed in towards the palm by the fingers. The XR version employed a secondary lifter to separate the insertion and feed of primers to increase safety but primers were easily spilled before they dropped into the feed channel, now a cap to the column prevents this.
Small pimples are moulded into the tray which is square rather than round, to easily accept most primer boxes. After a little jiggle to set all primers `anvil up`, they are guided to a single width channel to be fed over and then lifted onto the final mechanism that squeezes them into the case’s primer pocket. Lee shell holders are used as before, easily inserted into the tool and available in many sizes to hold any case up to 0.532” diameter (Win Mag etc.). Two trays are supplied to work with small or large primers and the operating lever has a little less mechanical leverage than before requiring a slightly firmer squeeze though fractionally less travel. A spot of grease smoothes out the mechanisms and whereas the XR seemed a stop-gap measure with minor imperfections to calm safety fears, the Ergoprime seems to be a cleanly evolved from the original AutoPrime with no inherent failings.
Price of the Lee Ergoprime is £29.95, and this one came from Henry Krank on 0113 256 9163 www.henrykrank.com
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