Quantcast

Ever detonated a primer when priming?

Discussion in 'Handloading and Reloading' started by labnoti, Nov 6, 2019.

  1. tightgroup tiger

    tightgroup tiger Member

    Joined:
    Mar 20, 2011
    Messages:
    2,963
    Location:
    Piedmont/Triad, NC
    I run a cleaning patch through my primer tubes every so often. I also try to keep some humidity in my loading room.
    I've never blown one either in 47 years.
     
  2. lightman

    lightman Member

    Joined:
    Feb 7, 2011
    Messages:
    1,410
    Location:
    england,ar
    [QUOTE="LaneP, post: 11283254, member: 257847" OTOH when I first started loading I used one of the basic Lee Loader's that require you to tap the case onto the primer, and with that system I would set off about 1 in a 100 primers. (Tip: wear a glove on your supporting hand if you are forced to prime with that system :))[/QUOTE]

    Theres just something basically wrong with hitting a primer with a hammer! I mean................
     
  3. Walkalong

    Walkalong Moderator Staff Member

    Joined:
    Nov 20, 2006
    Messages:
    59,412
    Location:
    Alabama
    I know, right?
    [​IMG]
     
    Demi-human likes this.
  4. Rule3

    Rule3 Member

    Joined:
    Jan 26, 2010
    Messages:
    6,976
    Location:
    Florida
    Shredding a hand or a finger is not a good thing but worry more about you EYES. Wear eye protection!

    Out of the MILLIONS of primers used, there seems to be very little reporting of them exploding.

    Worry less.
     
    Demi-human, Dudedog and Slamfire like this.
  5. desmobob

    desmobob Member

    Joined:
    Oct 4, 2019
    Messages:
    195
    Location:
    upstate NY - Lake George region
    It sure seems that way, but how many of us started out our reloading experience using the old Lee hammer-on-it tool?

    That's how I got started reloading, using one in 30-30. I shot that Winchester '94 (my one and only rifle at the time) like it was a .22, reloading countless rounds with that tool and a hickory mallet. I never had a primer detonate then, or since then. But you never know... one of my skeet shooting buddies who has reloaded God-knows-how-many rounds told me he had his first primer detonation this summer after more than 40 years of reloading.
     
  6. ReloaderFred

    ReloaderFred Member

    Joined:
    Apr 28, 2005
    Messages:
    6,210
    Location:
    Oregon Coast
    The first time it scared the crap out of me. It was at night and I was the only person in the range house. I had to teach an academy class the next day and was running low on ammunition and didn't want to run out, so I was putting in some late hours to get ready.

    The second time was several months later and that one just made me mad, but since it didn't cause any real damage, I was able to keep loading.
     
  7. buck460XVR

    buck460XVR Member

    Joined:
    Feb 6, 2007
    Messages:
    7,330
    No.....but now I've probably jinxed myself!:uhoh:
     
  8. PapaG

    PapaG Member

    Joined:
    Sep 12, 2010
    Messages:
    3,353
    Location:
    Il
    In sixty plus years of reloading I have never had a primer go off during the loading process.
     
    whughett likes this.
  9. Skgreen

    Skgreen Member

    Joined:
    Apr 25, 2018
    Messages:
    547
    Location:
    Houston
    Early experience w/ crimped 223.
    Hadn't done a lot of crimp removal before. Didn't get all of them 100%,,,
    Was using an RCBS Hand Primer. Tray lid was worn/would come loose.

    * Between powering-through the less than perfect de-crimp's,
    * A loose tray lid that occasionally let a primer 'flip/go sideways',
    * Being new to Reloading,,,,,,

    I have hypothesized that combining those 3 could have explained that loud, "Make your ears RING" noise I heard,,, :(

    Nothing hurt but my pride and it hasn't happened since. :)
     
    Last edited: Nov 7, 2019
    Slamfire, GBExpat, Walkalong and 2 others like this.
  10. berettaprofessor

    berettaprofessor Member

    Joined:
    Mar 25, 2008
    Messages:
    2,514
    Location:
    Kansas
    Nope. And I've unprimed more than a handful of cases with live primers...after pullling the bullet and dumping the powder of course.
     
  11. drband

    drband Member

    Joined:
    Jul 2, 2014
    Messages:
    1,984
    Location:
    GA
    No. I “deactivated” a crushed primer once by cutting it in half (slowly) with a pair of electricians pliers. Made a loud fsssssst sound and scorched the cutter.
     
    Walkalong likes this.
  12. morcey2

    morcey2 Member

    Joined:
    Dec 31, 2010
    Messages:
    2,234
    Location:
    Central Utah
    I've had one go off while depriming live primers. I was using a lee universal decapping die and the press handle slipped out of my hand. THAT was loud, even with hearing protection. :what: Surprises always seem louder than they really are. That was 4 or 5 years ago and I don't remember if I was correcting mistakes or if it was a bunch of primed brass with unknown primers that I picked up.

    Matt
     
    Slamfire likes this.
  13. 243winxb

    243winxb Member

    Joined:
    Jul 7, 2004
    Messages:
    10,986
    Location:
    Hopewell Big Woods
    Ever detonated a primer when priming?

    Need i say more. :D 20191108_093045.jpg
     
    Skgreen, entropy and drband like this.
  14. entropy

    entropy Member

    Joined:
    Feb 9, 2004
    Messages:
    8,390
    Location:
    G_d's Country, WI
    As above, only using the Lee 'whack-a-mole'. That'll wake ya up in the morning!
     
    243winxb likes this.
  15. Kevin Rohrer

    Kevin Rohrer Member

    Joined:
    May 29, 2010
    Messages:
    1,023
    Location:
    Medina, Ohio USA
    I had one pop while in a press once. No big deal. Am more concerned about being struck by lightning, and I am not concerned about that at all. I am not Chicken Little. If anyone here is, he needs to find another hobby.
     
  16. whughett

    whughett Member

    Joined:
    Mar 26, 2008
    Messages:
    1,901
    Location:
    Rhode Island/Florida
    No and I have actually tried to on occasion. They dent but don’t pop.
     
  17. Eddy19

    Eddy19 Member

    Joined:
    Nov 4, 2019
    Messages:
    56
    Location:
    California
    Only once when I was beginning reloading, it was with a Lee Loader. That was in 1965, from that point on, I've never pounded on anything in reloading, including using a inertia bullet puller.
     
    Slamfire and 243winxb like this.
  18. doubleh

    doubleh Member

    Joined:
    Feb 14, 2007
    Messages:
    2,363
    Location:
    NM-south of I-40
  19. Garandimal

    Garandimal Member

    Joined:
    Dec 28, 2017
    Messages:
    1,374
    Location:
    Lee of Death Valley, ...where Tigers feed.
    Yep, maybe one or two... per hundred.

    :D



    GR
     
    Slamfire, 243winxb and Skgreen like this.
  20. total recoil

    total recoil Member

    Joined:
    Jul 30, 2010
    Messages:
    1,017
    Location:
    Michigan
    About 50,000 so far and no noise. Flattened, sideways, upside down but no noise.
     
  21. sequins

    sequins Member

    Joined:
    Oct 14, 2014
    Messages:
    704
    I've never had one blow and god willing I never will. They do happen, as posters have noted, but I dispute it's only a matter of time. Maybe on a progressive, or a whack a mole, but I prefer foolproof equipment (maybe I'm paranoid!) I'm glad no one in this thread has been worse than scared.

    On a forster coax press, which I favor, you will never have an on press accident. Just look at the primer. If it's right side up you will never have an accident, it's not possible. If it's wrong side up popping it out will be pretty scary, I might just toss the brass, still no boom though. If you set the press incorrectly you can curl the edges of your primers slightly, mangling them such that they'll never seat properly, but still no boom. If you mangle loads of primers that's unfortunate and IMO avoidable. If you can't reliably ensure it's right side up, I'm not saying you're negligent but am saying it was operator error. I do believe with this setup the chance of a boom outside of freak occurence beyond the scope of the equipment is truly zero. (Forster didnt pay me for the bump, I just love them for single stage/turret space)

    I probably wouldn't use the lee whackamole, I might take the risk for the efficiency of a progressive (using a blast shield and any other precautions I could devise) for my most common handgun calibers, but I think l prefer the coax setup generally speaking.
     
  22. Dudedog
    • Contributing Member

    Dudedog Contributing Member

    Joined:
    Oct 19, 2013
    Messages:
    5,002
    Location:
    Southern CA
    Yes I liked the old round tray Lee tools far better than either of the newer versions.

    Haven't had one go off yet, and I have put a few in sideways.
     
  23. Metal God

    Metal God Member

    Joined:
    Sep 12, 2015
    Messages:
    273
    Nope not yet but I have recently went to wearing a leather glove on my priming hand just for a bit more protection just in case .

    LGZW77.jpg

    You mean like this ?

    This was my average out of 100 primed using the Hornady hand held primer ( total crap IMHO ) This was why I started wearing a glove . If that continued , it would be only a matter of time before one went off . With my big gorilla hands I couldn't tell if they were hard to seat or if I was crushing them . The problem was I had to finish the seat in order to remove the case . So if it was going in sideways , I was crushing them until they were flat enough to clear the shell holder so I could remove the case and inspect . ( not good )

    I now use the RCBS universal primer and have had virtually no issues with it . I bought a second after liking the first so much . Each is dedicated to small and large primers respectively . LOVE my set up .
     
    Jim Bowie and Slamfire like this.
  24. Catpop

    Catpop Member

    Joined:
    Dec 29, 2012
    Messages:
    1,954
    Location:
    Jack's Neck, NC
    No, I guess I’ve been really lucky (should say blessed) so far in my 48 years of reloading.
    Like metal god above I’ve seen my share of his picture and so many more!
     
  25. entropy

    entropy Member

    Joined:
    Feb 9, 2004
    Messages:
    8,390
    Location:
    G_d's Country, WI
    With the old Lee Auto-Prime, you can remove the shell holder with the shell in it. I just set it on top of the shell holder on my RCBS press and pop it out. Even then they don't detonate. I don't know if that's possible with the Hornady or the RCBS unit, but something to think about.
     
  1. This site uses cookies to help personalise content, tailor your experience and to keep you logged in if you register.
    By continuing to use this site, you are consenting to our use of cookies.
    Dismiss Notice