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Primer Explosion

Discussion in 'Handloading and Reloading' started by carlo1776, Mar 4, 2013.

  1. ole farmerbuck

    ole farmerbuck Well-Known Member

    NINE or NONE went off? I would have quit after the 1st.
  2. barnbwt

    barnbwt Well-Known Member

    So I guess the lesson is to get one of those grounding matts they use for circuit soldering...:p

    Everyday it seems I feel wiser for single-loading everything. Tip out those primers one-atta time

  3. Drail

    Drail Well-Known Member

    Carpeted floor and sneakers?
  4. ole farmerbuck

    ole farmerbuck Well-Known Member

    I do, guess I'd better be careful.
  5. c.latrans

    c.latrans Well-Known Member

    I'm sorry.....but.....REALLY???!
  6. gamestalker

    gamestalker member

    Wow, I've never heard of anything like that happening with a primer. I once dropped a case of them, and a good 200 or so went bouncing all over the place, but none have ever detonated. I've also crushed more than just a few over the years too, with nothing ever happening. And I have de-primed hundred of live primers with never a det.. I'm sorry, but in my opinion, it sounds like maybe the version he gave you was slightly embellished?

  7. lightman

    lightman Well-Known Member

    I'm with RC here, I'm not seeing it. Like t hear the rest of the story! Lightman
  8. gfanikf

    gfanikf Well-Known Member

    Is his hand made of det cord? I mean even I'm not that neurotic that I'm worried that touch can make them go kaboom.
  9. icanthitabarn

    icanthitabarn Well-Known Member

    A guy in the large LGS around here told me they had video of a guy touching a bullet, on the range, and it exploding. He said it wasn't the first time. :confused:
  10. oldreloader

    oldreloader Well-Known Member

    Once again... I'm with RC on this one.
  11. 788Ham

    788Ham Well-Known Member

    I've got one of those interlocking rubber mats from Harbor Freight in front of my bench, good padding to stand on, no sparks jumping around.
  12. Jim K

    Jim K Well-Known Member

    Static electricity produces high voltage, very low amperage. I kind of wonder if something else was not involved, like trying to remove the anvil from a primer to use it in a Berdan primed case.

  13. Trent

    Trent Resident Wiseguy

    Static setting off a primer????

    Man.. I dunno.

    Not saying it didn't happen, just saying it's one of those things that I'd have to see.

    Now, I *did* set a sock on fire with primers once. I had termites get in to a box of primed brass stored in the garage at an old rental house, washed the empty primed brass in the kitchen sink to get the mud out of them, then soaked them for 3 days in a tub of water.

    Then fired them. (ALL of them fired.)

    Anyway it got noisy when I was firing them (magnum large rifle), and my wife was complaining.

    So I stuck a sock in a sock and stuck that over the end of my barrel.






    More smoke



    Oh crap I set my rifle on fire!

    (Stupid human tricks)
  14. GaryL

    GaryL Well-Known Member

    If it was static - it would be very difficult to get it to go into a primer rather than around it on the metal case. However, setting off primer dust would probably be pretty easy, which could chain react into the primers. Which suggests the importance of maintaining a clean machine.
  15. Certaindeaf

    Certaindeaf member

    I wonder if his bench top is rough or something.. maybe past projects resulted in/rendered parts of his bench to resemble glued down sandpaper grit and he scraped one face down across it.
  16. James2

    James2 Well-Known Member

    I agree, a static discharge.

    There are static prevention floor mats and wrist bands available. Those who work with sensitive electronic gear have long used them. If you ever find yourself drawing a spark from something in the reloading room, it may be appropriate to add some prevention.
  17. Rollbar

    Rollbar Member

    Good read. I am setting up a bench and don't have the funds for a mat (new reloader here). What about a leash and the bench tied to a outlet ground in the house/my reloading room.

    Here in Nevada it is dry and walking across the carpet even barefooted draws an arch as well as outside needing to hold the metal part of the ignition key and touching the metal of the car for a discharge upon entering/exiting. :what:

  18. nojoke

    nojoke Well-Known Member

    "....grounding matts they use for circuit soldering...."

    This is what I installed. :cool:
    I'll post pics later.
  19. leadchucker

    leadchucker Well-Known Member

    I can't seem to find the sources for this, from Wikipedia, so I can't speak for its accuracy.
    It might pay to take controlling static electricity seriously. Grounded equipment, anti-static mat to handle primers on, anti-static wrist strap when handling them. I also give all the plastic parts of the primer feed an occasional squirt of anti-static spray.

    You can buy conductive spray, designed to add some electrical shielding to plastic housings of electronic equipment. I've not gotten that extreme yet.

    I used to work in an electronics lab. No carpets. Even anti-static floor mats. Standard procedure there was to touch an anti-static pad next to the workbench when you sat down at the bench, before you touched any sensitive electronics.
    Last edited: Mar 5, 2013
  20. gamestalker

    gamestalker member

    I forgot about that incident posted on Calguns. Now I'm starting to wonder if i need to do something to neutralize static in my reloading room?


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