Are primers magnetic?


September 18, 2011, 07:46 PM
I've got some stupidly strong magnets that I can use as a very low profile primer catcher if they are.

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September 18, 2011, 07:49 PM
guess not... bummer (checked_

September 18, 2011, 08:19 PM
Yep, magnets won't pick up brass. I used to think they were steel, until I joined THR. :)

September 18, 2011, 08:51 PM
walkalong - I know brass isn't magnetic (well most of it isn't... there is some combloc stuff out there that is laquered steel) but I was hoping the primers were.... oh well.

September 18, 2011, 09:34 PM
We use magnetic sticks top pick up shotgun hulls all the time - so 209s seem to be anyway

September 18, 2011, 09:39 PM
A lot of todays shotgun hulls have brass plated steel heads.

Some 209 primers have steel battery cups with copper primers in them, but certainly not all of them.


September 18, 2011, 09:59 PM
I know brass isn't magnetic I knew that. I did not intend to infer you did not. My bad.

September 18, 2011, 10:47 PM
I am talking about brass-head hulls like AA and STS - they only "attract" to the primers

September 18, 2011, 11:01 PM
To pick up brass people in my club use use wire basket devices that were originally intended to pick up pecans. I guess someone could google pecan picking up devices and post the foto. I never can figure out the logic of what sets off THR moderators and so will not search try to post a foto.

September 19, 2011, 11:38 AM
Don't get to use the words passive agressive much here, at The High Road. The Op was taking about catching primers not picking up brass. In any case the device you are refering to is the nut wizard but they make many sizes and the one for pecans is too large for most cases and a bit small for shotgun hulls.

This is the correct size nut wizard for picking up brass.

This is a bag a nut sized for pistol cases, a lot faster if you have flat ground.

This is a homemade contraption to get the brass the two above leave in the cracks in TX blackland soil during the summer.

November 5, 2011, 08:42 AM
The homemade shop vac in a cart is brilliant. Especially the 2cycle engine making it electrically independent.

Be careful with the pvc suction hose. Depending on what you are vacuuming up, it can build up a whammy of a static charge.

November 5, 2011, 10:18 AM

The homemade shop vac in a cart is brilliant.

You think that's brilliant, take a look at the Viagra wagon. Something for dad. Something for mom. Something for the kids. The whole family is covered.


November 5, 2011, 12:23 PM
take a look at the Viagra wagon.
It's actually Vigoro wagon but you sure made me laugh! Thanks. :D:D:D

November 5, 2011, 05:21 PM
Like it....

Do you have your self contain vacuum brass picker-upper set to seperate the dirt from the brass? Like a bottom dump with a screen to hold the brass back.

Where I was at you could not see the ground for all the dead leaves on the ground this summer.

Striker Fired
November 5, 2011, 06:16 PM
It needs hole in the other side of the container where the lighter debri can blow out and the heavier brass would fall down.That could seperate quite a bit as long as he gets a good swirl of wind inside from that leaf blower.

Marlin 45 carbine
November 5, 2011, 08:43 PM
save your spent primers from the loading bench to scatter atop of any buried metal 'contraband' that may be banned now and in future. really bonkis a metal detector. sow them out about 1-2" spaceing and cover w/grass seed.
around a 20' circle is good, or larger diameter

November 6, 2011, 12:27 AM
Some. Well the anvil is.

Peter M. Eick
November 6, 2011, 06:33 AM
Actually, they probably are a bit.

There are a few states of magnetism.

Ferromagnetic like iron or steel
Paramagentic which means it is magnetic when under an induced field
Diamagnetic which means that in a field the material repulses the field
Superparamagnetic which is like a paramagnetic but the amplitude is higher.

My experience is that most metals are somewhat paramagnetic meaning under a strong magnetic field, they are slightly magentic. It is hard to measure though. More than 20 years ago I did my Master's on superparamegnetism and defining the states of magnetic matter and still remember a bit of it.

THe Dove
November 6, 2011, 11:27 AM
I like "Viagra" wagon better!!!

The Dove

November 6, 2011, 11:50 AM
A lot of shotgun anvils are steel, even if the cups are not.

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