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Firing a primer in an empty case?

Discussion in 'Rifle Country' started by skidooman603, Jan 4, 2010.

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  1. skidooman603

    skidooman603 Well-Known Member

    Will firing a primer in an otherwise unloaded case damage a rifle?
  2. Ian

    Ian Well-Known Member

  3. skidooman603

    skidooman603 Well-Known Member

    Thanks Ian...Cool website ya have there by the way
  4. GunsAmerica Fan

    GunsAmerica Fan Well-Known Member

    Just make sure you clean the gun because primers are slightly corrosive, all of them. Check after the first one to see if they are punching through, because that would indicate that the firing pin is slamming against the bolt face, which would work harden it as if you were dry firing. To some extent the backblast of the boom does cushion the pin, and on an M1A or something, where the hammer is really really heavy, it might need it.
  5. Sav .250

    Sav .250 Well-Known Member

    Would be interested in the '''reason" for doing so. :)
  6. skidooman603

    skidooman603 Well-Known Member

    My reasoning being I have been having issues with a K 31 that wasn't making Firing pin contact with the primer unless resized just perfectly.. Thanks for asking :)
  7. Steve Marshall

    Steve Marshall Well-Known Member

    Some shoulders might get moved forward.
  8. skidooman603

    skidooman603 Well-Known Member

    Just wanted to make sure everything was cool with getting the shoulders far enough back which I found was my problem. A little tweak on the sizing die and now we are rocking. First time reloading for the K-31. Looked like it would close all the way then no fire. I had read about this issue with the Swiss rifles so basically wasn't too stumped. First time you load for something new there is a learning curve.
  9. TexasRifleman

    TexasRifleman Moderator Emeritus

    I've done it for the reasons others have explained, to make sure the firing pin wasn't hitting too light, too deep, piercing the primer, etc.

    If I suspected a firing pin could pierce the primer I sure wouldn't want to test it on a fully loaded round.
  10. skidooman603

    skidooman603 Well-Known Member

    Amen Texas
  11. skidooman603

    skidooman603 Well-Known Member

    Besides it's funny to watch the dog jump
  12. Bwana John

    Bwana John Well-Known Member

    Dont waste that primer!

    Spit balls make fun projectiles :D
  13. Uncle Mike

    Uncle Mike Well-Known Member

    Candle wax works well also!

    Careful, it will break mom's picture window...oh yeah, still got the marks!
    It's all fun until......
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