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    Posted: May 16 2016 at 8:26pm
I had a handle breakage a while back on one of my Lee hand primer units and being the old round model the replacement handle are no longer made and I really didn't want to go to the new square ones that I have heard are nowhere near as good so I thought I should have a go at making a new handle for mine.
First up was finding a suitable piece of steel and part of an older flapper target at a 1/2 in thick was just right for the job.

 A few cuts later

and a couple of holes (The two shafts they fit are one drill size different)

and a bit of a clean up

So in about an hour I have two functioning hand primers again with the certain knowedge that if (when) the other handle breaks I wont have to be worried how I will replace them.
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There was a reason they changed to the square model. I think they made it square to it would look different. Anyway the square model has the letters XP meaning explosive proof. The old design had the potential for the primer being seated to set off the other primers resulting in the loss of some body parts. They redesigned the primer feed into the ram. As the ram lifts there is a block between the primer being seated and the other primers. Also the tray as a single file feed into the ram. Less primers in contact with the other.
 
I have had both and find both to work just fine. You have to remember to shake a bit every now and then. Lee have come up with three newer models since the XP; Ergo primer (looks very nice), new Auto Prime (they used the same tray as the Ergo) and Auto Bench Prime.
 
 
I use the XP for hand gun and the on press Safety Primer for rifle.
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i had one - it broke , im using an older model RCB now , i like it better , 
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I have the older round one, but don't use it any more.  The square tray model works like a charm.  I found that the tool needs to be held with the tray towards you, with an upward angle to allow the primers to fill the chute, and a bit of a cant to the right.  I run a primer up, seat it, and release the handle fairly smartly.  Once I got the procedure down pat, I've never had a problem.

I like the improvements with regards to safety.
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