Priming tools and systems come in all shapes, sizes, and configurations. Priming your cases is one of the most important aspects of reloading ammunition, and it can also involve a lot of frustration and trouble. So when I saw the introduction of the new the LEE Auto Bench Prime, I was curious. Could this be the alternative to hand priming that I’ve been looking for when I don’t choose to prime on-press? Read on to find out.
The LEE Auto Prime follows the pattern with a lot of other LEE products: focus on the design, put quality where it matters, and keep the cost down to an affordable level. At under $40. (and under $30 at some retailers) it’s quite an affordable setup. Note that you’ll also need a LEE Hand Priming Shellholder Set in order to use the LEE Auto Bench Prime system (street price is about $15-18). It’s nice to have dedicated shellholders because you won’t need to rob them off a press in order to prime, but it is one additional thing to buy, and you don’t want to forget (who likes to wait for parts?).
Here’s what’s included in the LEE Auto Bench Prime set:
- Auto Prime bench-mounted priming tool
- Large and small priming inserts
- Foldable primer tray
- Mounting hardware (1/4″ x 20 bolts, washers, nuts)
- User’s manual
Add the shellholder set I mentioned and you are ready to roll!
I chose to mount the LEE Auto Bench Prime on a plate that works with the Ultimate Relaoder bench system, and the resultant setup works great as shown in this video:
There were a couple things that surprised me with the LEE Auto Bench Prime:
- The low effort needed to prime cases – it’s pretty amazing.
- How quickly and easily you can install shellholders and change primer sizes.
- How well the folding primer tray works. It’s a great setup from my testing so far.
All in all, I’m really liking the LEE Auto Bench Prime, which is no surprise based on all of the reviews I read online. Are you using a LEE Auto Bench Prime? If so, how are you liking it? Please leave a comment!
I’m off to prime .223 cases! (lots)