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ws-6  [Team Member]
3/7/2011 11:24:16 PM
Is there anything out there to fill primer tubes other than the dillon filler? I am going to have to fill about 80 tubes in a couple of weeks and really not looking forward to it.
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Chas8008  [Team Member]
3/8/2011 4:28:18 AM
you have 80 tubes?

hrt4me  [Team Member]
3/8/2011 8:00:59 AM
There are various YouTube videos online detailing how to make your own vibratory primer tube fillers.
jonblack  [Member]
3/8/2011 8:11:27 AM
Frankford Arsenal used to make one, I believe it was called Vibra Prime. They no longer make or offer it. You might be able to hunt one down on the used market. As previously stated, there are YouTube videos of home made fillers.

jonblack
panther308  [Team Member]
3/8/2011 4:29:58 PM
I think 80 tubes is alot
AssaultRifler  [Team Member]
3/8/2011 5:08:30 PM
I only have 30 tubes

15 large and 15 small
helotaxi  [Member]
3/8/2011 5:37:24 PM
That's what wives/girlfriends/friends are for.
iammrbill  [Team Member]
3/8/2011 7:13:49 PM
Originally Posted By helotaxi:
That's what wives/girlfriends/friends/kids are for.


fixed
ws-6  [Team Member]
3/9/2011 12:11:15 AM
Originally Posted By panther308:
I think 80 tubes is alot


hey it is only 8k rounds. i am trying to get to a point that i can alternate between rifle and pistol in winter and then shoot all summer.

i only have 4 tubes so i am going to have to refill them a lot.... that is why i am looking for a primer tube filler.
panther308  [Team Member]
3/9/2011 8:24:08 AM
Originally Posted By ws-6:
Originally Posted By panther308:
I think 80 tubes is alot


hey it is only 8k rounds. i am trying to get to a point that i can alternate between rifle and pistol in winter and then shoot all summer.

i only have 4 tubes so i am going to have to refill them a lot.... that is why i am looking for a primer tube filler.


If I had 80 tubes to fill and that was going to be the normal amount of tubes I was going to fill I think I would just save my pennies and but the Dillon gear, yes it's expensive but I would think a real time saver on dealing with all those primers YMMV

ws-6  [Team Member]
3/9/2011 9:36:00 AM
Originally Posted By panther308:
Originally Posted By ws-6:
Originally Posted By panther308:
I think 80 tubes is alot


hey it is only 8k rounds. i am trying to get to a point that i can alternate between rifle and pistol in winter and then shoot all summer.

i only have 4 tubes so i am going to have to refill them a lot.... that is why i am looking for a primer tube filler.


If I had 80 tubes to fill and that was going to be the normal amount of tubes I was going to fill I think I would just save my pennies and but the Dillon gear, yes it's expensive but I would think a real time saver on dealing with all those primers YMMV



that is what i am leaning towards. it is a lot smaller footprint than what i am seeing the homemade units at. i just wish i filled more than 1 tube at a time
jonblack  [Member]
3/9/2011 5:49:56 PM
So, you're loading 8k pieces of ammo. Truth is...we all are. We are just doing it over an extended period of time.

Me? I'd get myself a total of 10 primer tubes. I'd fill them manually before (or after) each loading session. Then I proceed to spend the next 2 hours loading 1,000 rounds. After that, you'll probably be done for the night. I'd repeat as necessary when time allowed. A week to two weeks later and I would have a few ammo cans full of loaded ammo.

No need for a primer filler to load 8k, at least no the first go round. A little manual labor never hurt anyone. However, it you said you just wanted a cool reloading toy, I wouldn't be able to argue!

jonblack
dryflash3  [Moderator]
3/9/2011 10:00:57 PM


Only 22 tubes here, but room for 80.
ws-6  [Team Member]
3/9/2011 11:56:08 PM
looking at dryflash's pic, are the hornady tubes different from dillon tubes?? if so the dillon feeder might not work....

also again, i only own 4 tubes. i am loading 8k rounds so i would have to refill my tubes 20 times or get more (it really doesn't matter actually). i am just not looking forward at trying push 8k primers into tubes
We-rBorg  [Member]
3/10/2011 12:50:15 AM
I went down to the Hobby shop and bought 25 alumimnun tubes each (49 cents each) for large and small primers, cut a slit in one end, and drilled a hole in the other.
I used a cotter key in the hole and pinched the slit end slightly together and used those for years, until I built a filler out of a Lee primer tray, now I just use use 5 each and use the filler.
'Borg
dryflash3  [Moderator]
3/10/2011 8:36:47 PM
Originally Posted By ws-6:
looking at dryflash's pic, are the hornady tubes different from dillon tubes?? if so the dillon feeder might not work....

also again, i only own 4 tubes. i am loading 8k rounds so i would have to refill my tubes 20 times or get more (it really doesn't matter actually). i am just not looking forward at trying push 8k primers into tubes




RCBS tubes and I'm told the LNL use the same size tubes, which are smaller in diameter than the Dillon tubes.

If you are making your own blocks, use a 3/8 drill for the Dillon tubes, 11/32 for RCBS/LNL.
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