Case stuck in shell...need help


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MoreIsLess
September 11, 2011, 04:59 PM
I was trying to prime some cases using the Lee Auto primer in my Lee Turret press now I have a case stuck in the shell holder and can get it out.

Any suggestions as to what to do to get the case out of the shell holder. The stuck case has the primer in it.


Thanks

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cberge8
September 11, 2011, 05:11 PM
Sounds like the primer is not seated fully, thus hanging up when you try to remove the shell. I have had this happen many times with numerous priming tools.

I would try to further seat it ever so gently until you can pull it out. Just be very careful while doing this as it may not be fully seating because of debris in the primer pocket.

popper
September 11, 2011, 05:20 PM
Wear your safety glasses and re-seat the primer. If you crush it or it goes off, no loss. I'd make sure there are no other primers or powder nearby.

wild willy
September 11, 2011, 05:21 PM
Do you have a universal decapping die?You can run it back in the sizing die lube it if needed. There is not much danger but wear your glasses I wrap a piece of leather or a towell around the top of the prees and the die just in case

ranger335v
September 11, 2011, 07:21 PM
As suggested, run the case into your decapper die to clear the partially seated primer. If it goes off, so what, it's not a stick of dynamite.

chhodge69
September 11, 2011, 08:51 PM
I don't think the auto-prime shell holder will fit into the ram on the turret press. I have had this happen to me on a few occasions. I have strong hands and I've had to squeeze the b'jeezus out of the hand lever to seat a few stubborn ones... I have never yet detonated a primer. Still, wear eyes and ears just in case.

wild willy
September 11, 2011, 09:06 PM
Its doesn't have to fit just set it on top of the ram and use a universal decapping die. Or a decapping die for a larger case as long as the primer pins the same size or lower the decapping pin on the die for it or if its a lee die run the case in loosen the nut and tap it out.The primer might be in sideways it happens

PreMod70
September 11, 2011, 09:30 PM
Before you try the "crush the primer idea" be sure to remove all primers from the immediate area for safety reasons.

snuffy
September 12, 2011, 01:35 AM
MoreIsLess

Case stuck in shell...need help
I was trying to prime some cases using the Lee Auto primer in my Lee Turret press now I have a case stuck in the shell holder and can get it out.

I think what MIL is talking about is the lee safety prime set-up for the turret press. Just run the shell back through the sizer die, it'll eject that stuck primer,,, no worries!

beatledog7
September 12, 2011, 01:55 AM
You can get the same effect if you're depriming and the pin gets pushed into the collet a bit by a particularly tight primer. Same fixes apply.

GLOOB
September 12, 2011, 02:10 AM
I think what MIL is talking about is the lee safety prime set-up for the turret press. Just run the shell back through the sizer die, it'll eject that stuck primer,,, no worries!
Yup. And hold the priming arm up while you're decapping. The primer will drop right right back into the cup for inspection/reuse.

MoreIsLess
September 12, 2011, 12:35 PM
Just run the shell back through the sizer die, it'll eject that stuck primer,,, no worries!

I did that and it took care of the problem, no incidences. I was afraid it would go off. I've had people tell me to cover the press with a towel or hold a sheet of plexiglass between me and the press while decapping a live primer, so I was a little worried.

Josh45
September 13, 2011, 03:21 AM
Ive had this happen a few times. Re seat the primer slowly. Add a bit of force and as it gets seated deeper, It will let you remove the shell. I had this happen on the auto prime and the ram prime. It worked every time for me.

I also do apply some pressure but it's never enough to make it go off actually. Just don't try to much.

ranger335v
September 13, 2011, 05:16 PM
"I've had people tell me to cover the press with a towel or hold a sheet of plexiglass between me and the press while decapping a live primer"

Goodness, the crap "people tell"; fergit it. First, the working part is a little bitty primer pellet small enough to fit inside the cap and about 30 thousanths thick, it's not a stick of dynamite. Second, it's fully contained in a very solid steel die already so there is no reason for us to put on another layer of armor even if one should pop, if it could get through the die wall a layer of towel or plastic sure wouldn't stop it! NOT that wearing safety glasses isn't always a good idea when working with primers.

rcmodel
September 13, 2011, 05:25 PM
it's not a stick of dynamite.No, but you sure as heck don't want to get hit with one.

I can guarantee you it is going fast enough to bury itself in your hide, or shoot your eye out!

Note the deep dents made in the furnace duct sheet metal from flying primer cups during cook-off tests.
http://i81.photobucket.com/albums/j219/rcmodel/KTOG/AmmoFire2.jpg

http://i81.photobucket.com/albums/j219/rcmodel/KTOG/AmmoFire3.jpg

Still, there is almost no chance of a primer going off while being pressed back out of a case with a reloading die & press.

rc

Iron Sight
September 13, 2011, 09:35 PM
"Cook Off Tests" ? Tell us more? :what:

rcmodel
September 14, 2011, 12:33 PM
See this about that:
http://www.thehighroad.org/showthread.php?p=7001165#post7001165

rc

ranger335v
September 14, 2011, 09:26 PM
'...it's not a stick of dynamite. --- No, but you sure as heck don't want to get hit with one."

I will happily conceed that I don't want one sitting in my palm when it gets cooked off! ;)

matrem
September 14, 2011, 09:40 PM
As a young & dumb teenager, I did some "what it takes to ignite a primer tests" without proper safety precautions.
It will NEVER happen again!

wild willy
September 14, 2011, 09:49 PM
ranger335v I have one eye because of a freak accident when I was a kid so you can bet your ass when I punch out a live primer I wear glasses and wrap a piece of heavy leather around the top of the press.I know it can't happen

CSA 357
September 15, 2011, 08:13 PM
i have had them get stuck sideways, i took a small knife plade and picked them out

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