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Live Primers
Discussion regarding the reloading of ammunition and tuning of loads for accuracy
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PostPosted: Tue Jan 26, 2010 10:01 pm    Post subject: Live Primers Reply with quote

I have some live primers that were removed from brass that was showing signs of case head separation. What's the proper way of disposing of them?

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PostPosted: Tue Jan 26, 2010 10:10 pm    Post subject: Re: Live Primers Reply with quote

Load them in good cases and fire? I have removed primers from numerous cases and reused them without issue.
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PostPosted: Wed Jan 27, 2010 12:41 am    Post subject: Re: Live Primers Reply with quote

Perzacerly Slim.

HJ...there is nothing wrong with the primers mate...as Slim says...reload them into good cases and use them mate...no sense in wasting them.

On the other hand...if you manage to crush a primer that goes in sideways...it happens mate...the easiest way I find of disposing of them is the put some loose paper in the bottom of a tin can, drop the primer in to it, then put a match to it and walk away....takes maybe 30 secs, but it goes pop, all gone, no problems.

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PostPosted: Wed Jan 27, 2010 7:57 am    Post subject: Re: Live Primers Reply with quote

Oils will often render the fulminate inert. Soak them in WD-40 and then try vinces technique to see if it works.

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PostPosted: Wed Jan 27, 2010 11:07 am    Post subject: Re: Live Primers Reply with quote

Oh, here we go again.

Water, WD-40, oil or any other substance will not render modern primers inert. Maybe one or two will be effected, but......

Modern primers have a protective coating like shelac or varnish to protect them from the eliments. You will note the unsealed and flimsy packaging they come in.

Load them in good cases and proceed with life. If I do have (and it's rare) a live primer that must be done away with I just put them in my waste basket under my loading bench. From there they end up in a steel 55 gal. burn barrel and go pop sometime after I re-enter my house.

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PostPosted: Wed Jan 27, 2010 1:28 pm    Post subject: Re: Live Primers Reply with quote

I have been soaking bad primers in kerosene for a few days.
then took them to my next camp and light them up inside an empty can.

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PostPosted: Wed Jan 27, 2010 3:59 pm    Post subject: Re: Live Primers Reply with quote

hunterjoe21 wrote:
I have some live primers that were removed from brass that was showing signs of case head separation. What's the proper way of disposing of them?

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PostPosted: Wed Jan 27, 2010 4:20 pm    Post subject: Re: Live Primers Reply with quote

Kewl...Thanks.

I didn't know I could re-use them.

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PostPosted: Wed Jan 27, 2010 4:25 pm    Post subject: Re: Live Primers Reply with quote

One or two might be duds if the anvil gets kaddywompus, maybe, them things love to go bang. ...giver a go in some plinking ammo if yer not sure if they got buggered up. I check close like with a mag glass and compare 'em to virgin ones if I reuse 'em in must-fire stuff.
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PostPosted: Wed Jan 27, 2010 4:31 pm    Post subject: Re: Live Primers Reply with quote

I got some new .308 Win. brass that I wanna fire once with some el-cheapo bullets, then neck size 'em. These primers should work fer that!

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PostPosted: Wed Jan 27, 2010 4:35 pm    Post subject: Re: Live Primers Reply with quote

Absolutely!! Go for it!! Load'em!!

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PostPosted: Wed Jan 27, 2010 6:53 pm    Post subject: Re: Live Primers Reply with quote

Ya !!! What they said !!! Pistol Shooting

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PostPosted: Wed Jan 27, 2010 9:18 pm    Post subject: Re: Live Primers Reply with quote

The primes were probably better protected installed in the brass case than sitting in the 100-pack paper covered plastic tray. I haven't had a misfire.
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PostPosted: Wed Jan 27, 2010 9:19 pm    Post subject: Re: Live Primers Reply with quote

chambered221 wrote:
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Neat symbol chambered! Sniper
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PostPosted: Thu Jan 28, 2010 5:02 pm    Post subject: Re: Live Primers Reply with quote

It depends. I would never recycle live primers. Just a personal preference thing. All the best...
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