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Removing unfired primers

Discussion in 'Handloading and Reloading' started by sigep749, Sep 3, 2012.

  1. sigep749

    sigep749 Active Member

    Dumb question, how do I go about removing unfired primers? I had some rounds that apparently didn't get sized or rectory and I didn't discover until the loads were complete. I can pull the bullets nd salvage the powder, but is there a way to salvage the primers?
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  2. azjohn

    azjohn Member

    Pull your de-capping pin then resize.
  3. Ky Larry

    Ky Larry Well-Known Member

    Lots of folks say you can just deprime the same as spent primer and reuse them like new primers.I've never done this so I can't say either way. You could just shoot the primer and then process as usual. How many cases are we talking about?
    Last edited: Sep 3, 2012
  4. dap22

    dap22 Well-Known Member

    I've never had a problem (yet that is) removing/decapping live primers. Simply decap slowly and deliberately. I've also reused previously decapped primers without issue. Others may say differently but it's worked fine for me.
  5. beatledog7

    beatledog7 Well-Known Member

    Yep, resize without the pin if all you want to do is size the brass. Then just rebuild the rounds normally.

    If you want those primers for another application, you can use your sizing die or a universal decapper to gently press out unfired primers. They are designed to fire only from a sharp strike to the center of the cup face, so pressing gently on the anvil should not do it. Still, wear safety glasses and hearing protection.

    Primers removed in this way can be reused. I recently backed out a hundred primers from old .223 tracer rounds (unknown brand, of course) without incident and have reused a couple dozen or so with 100% bang rate. You could easily test a few by resizing brass normally, recovering the primers, reseating them, and firing them in your gun.

    Bet your next paycheck they go bang.
  6. mdi

    mdi Well-Known Member

    I've had the same experience...
  7. jcwit

    jcwit Well-Known Member

    Once again, primers ignite from impact, SHARP IMPACT, not from pressure from pushing out. This is why the firing pin has such a strong spring.

    Take the decapping out of your resizing die and resize. Or deprime and catch the unfired primers and reseat.

    There you go!
  8. gamestalker

    gamestalker member

    Pull the bullets, and then as stated, slowly and with constant pressure decap them. I've done a good number of them like this for decades and have never had one pop.
    So far as reusing primers, I have never done that because I don't want to experience what would be my first mis-fire in over 30 yrs. of reloading.

  9. Have had a few primers go off when inserting with a defective Lee Loader. (Lee replaced the priming base).
    No big deal, a puff of smoke, v. little noise. Wear your glasses.
  10. kfelder

    kfelder Member

    I have deprimed live primers with no issues. In this case I agree with what several others have said a remove the decapping rod and just resize. I have also done this. So, both ways will work just fine.
  11. Hondo 60

    Hondo 60 Well-Known Member

    I'm one of those "Lots of folks"
    I've done it many of times & had absolutely zero issues.
    Just don't slam the handle down & you can SAFELY deprime.

    But why go through all that?
    Just remove the decapping pin as azjohn suggested in post #2.
  12. Gtimothy

    Gtimothy Well-Known Member

    No problem depriming good primers but wear those safety glasses just in case!
  13. bbuddtec

    bbuddtec Well-Known Member

    yep, live de-primer here, unless I feel like using it as a cap for fun, :)

    I just make contact, then slowly continue through...

    ...always with safeties on, cuz if jic happens, that anvil or cup may be airborne....
  14. 1SOW

    1SOW Well-Known Member

    Just resize and load it up, or remove the primer and start from scratch..
    I'm one of those "lots of people" who have deprimed many pistol cases--all soft Feds.
    The strike has to compress the primer to hit the anvil before it will fire. "Pushing" a primer out won't fire it.
  15. Clark

    Clark Well-Known Member

    I would not de cap live primers with a Lee loader pin and hammer... not without safety glasses and hearing protection.
  16. jcwit

    jcwit Well-Known Member

    Well actually neither do I, but just wondering why the safety glasses are a must? The base of the case is enclosed, the punch isn't going to go flying, and its very doubtful the hammer will bounce off the punch.

    There's nowhere for anything to go.
  17. Zeke/PA

    Zeke/PA Well-Known Member

    De-cap, Wearing Safety Glasses,dispose of the old primer, Tumble the brass,
    Clean thoroughly, Full length resize, reload!
    This is precisely what I did for a friend this past week when he needed some trial ammo .
  18. ZXD9

    ZXD9 Well-Known Member

    Decap as you would spent primers. I do this but S L O W L Y.
  19. dagger dog

    dagger dog Well-Known Member

    If you are going to deprime them live use a press and goggles.
  20. jcwit

    jcwit Well-Known Member

    Once again, why the safety goggles? Everything is enclosed by the decapping die and decapping pin, and the only direction for the primer to go if in fact it does go off, which it won't, is down unless the operator is using a hand held press.

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