Primer Question


December 30, 2008, 12:51 AM
Is it possible to get a primer out of a case before it's fired? i've never tried and never read about it.

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December 30, 2008, 12:56 AM
Go REAL slow and easy with the deprimer. Wear safety glasses too. You should always be wearing them when dealing with primers. Again - USE SLOW, EASY preasure. I've done it successfully a few times.

December 30, 2008, 03:44 AM
I've done it a few times. I always throw a coat or something over the press. Ya know-just in case.

The Bushmaster
December 30, 2008, 10:07 AM
Go ahead and run it through your resizing/decapping die. Wear safety glasses. I've even tried to set one off by quick pressing it out and couldn't do it. Not saying that you couldn't set one off, but I've found that it is a bit difficult. I decapped hundreds of live primers with no problems...

December 30, 2008, 10:12 AM
Just decapp it. No worries. Safety glasses are not a bad idea, but the odds of it going off are very slim to none.

December 30, 2008, 11:23 AM
When I first started reloading I decapped two live cases without knowing I was doing it at the time! They popped out no trouble.

I wear safety glasses.

It got my blood pressure up enough that I cleaned and reorganized my loading bench so that it never happens again by accident.

December 30, 2008, 11:26 AM
Even if one were to go off somehow, the whole operation is totally enclosed and shielded inside the steel die, press ram, & frame.

Anyway, they won't go off, and they can't hurt a thing if they do, except scare you.


The Bushmaster
December 30, 2008, 11:40 AM
Hoopie...You might have a spare pair of clean britches close by though...:evil:

December 30, 2008, 11:53 AM
Actually, the only things that will set off a primer are heat, or high speed impact.

Pushing one out slowly is no different then pushing one in.

I have seen them seated sideways and crushed, upside down & smashed, and mushroomed & flattened from trying to seat them in a crimped primer pocket.
They didn't go off.

I have scuffed one or two stuck to the heel of my boot on concrete and they went off.

But in 46 years, I have never seen one go off from priming or de-priming a live one.


December 30, 2008, 06:00 PM
thanks to all

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