I was hand-priming with my RCBS tool and a primer apparently became off-center and is stuck between the shell place the the .223 brass. I disassembled the priming tool so that I just have the shell plate, the primer, and the brass. I'm not sure where to go from here, though. I didn't want to force that primer and blow it up. My first thought is to put the shell plate in a vice and yank the primer away with pliers...and a glove on, with eye protection and...yeah, ears on. Thoughts?
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July 4, 2012, 08:48 AM
If I remember, the RCBS uses the press shell holders. You can put the shell holder and case in your press with the resizing die and carefully press out the primer. Push gently adding force slowly until the primer dislodges, do not wrap or pound on the lever.
If you have a universal decapping die, easy, but if you have to use your resizing die, be sure to lubricate the case so that it dies not get stuck.
Be sure to wear safety glasses or better yet a face shield.
Friendly, Don't Fire!
July 4, 2012, 08:51 AM
First, soak the primer in water or oil, hopefully to make it inert. Then do whatever is necessary to remove it without ruining your shell holder.
July 4, 2012, 08:52 AM
Ok, thanks. That's correct, the RCBS does use the shell plates in the press. Uh, but can a primer go off that way or are they only activated from the flat side?
July 4, 2012, 09:02 AM
Primers go off with an impact and could happen from any position.
If they went off from a push, we would not be able to seat the primers.
A reloading press should easily push out the miss seated primer without incident.
July 4, 2012, 09:11 AM
Set your decapper pin to just barely push the primer to get it dislodged and then set it back to normal position to push it out. This will help prevent breaking your decapper pin.
July 4, 2012, 09:41 AM
I occasionally have a small primer flip sideways and it will jam things up. The easiest way I have found to fix it is to just crush it up into the primer pocket deep enough for the case to slide out. Never had one go off doing that. There is no impact involved. Wear eye protection, just in case. Knock it out of the case and prime again.