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Ever detonated a primer when priming?

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

  1. danny lee mccall

    danny lee mccall Member

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    me also about 50 years ago I started out with a lee loader had a few go off, went and got a hand tool to put the primers in.
     
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  2. Bill M.

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    One time, with the Lee Wack a Mole. I accidentally got a re-primed case into the stack of shells I was de-priming and gave it a good lick.
     
  3. Havok7416
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    I had one detonate about 5 years ago. I was depriming an old (1940s old) batch of 30-06 for a friend. One of the primers apparently corroded to the case and detonated when the ram went up. Oddly I was going slow at the time of the detonation and I have deprimed much faster before and since with no issues.

    I would attribute primer detonations to the odd fluke or extremely careless handling. I can't recall how many primers I have crushed, deprimed or mangled without a problem, but it's a lot!
     
  4. Old Stumpy

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    Same here, only 47 years ago. Did it more than once though. It was easy to get carried away, and I primed the cases separately, after knocking them out of the sizing die.
    It does wake you up. :D
    Back then Lee offered an early hand squeeze priming tool which had a steel shell holder molded into a tough red polymer body.
    It was a single loader without a primer tray, and you needed one for each cartridge, or one for several cartridges with a common head size.
    I bought two or three since they were cheap, and then bought a Lee auto-prime when I bought my first RCBS press.
     
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  5. bfox

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    Had one go off on a loadmaster about a month ago . Only one wasn't to bad had the explosion shield on , nothing broke .
    Can't remember if it was the same Loadmaster but several went off about a dozen years back . That scared the heck outta me . Explosion shield was on . The plastic primer tray lid broke . The primer slider and trough were fine though . Pretty sure I still have the cover . And along time ago with a 38 special whack a mole
     
  6. roc1

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    Had never had one go off either after years of loading till recently. I bought out a cousin’s 650 for cheap just for handgun faster than my 550 on large batches. Set off 2 first time out machine had multiple issues sent it back to Dillon sent me a almost 100% new machine. Runs like a top now. I more cautious now that it has happened to me not forcing things sorting brass better got out of being lazy.
    Thanks
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  7. ATLDave

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    I have sideways-crushed quite a few primers on my 650. None of them have gone off. Don't be violent with the handle when seating the primers. Don't smash the handle up or down.
     
  8. Reeferman

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    Anything can happen when humans and mechanical devices interact but the LNL priming system is about as safe as any I’ve seen.
     
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  9. dh1633pm

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    Never had this happen or hear it happen.
     
  10. bfox

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    I wasn't being violent when mine went off . Smashed some that didn't go off .
     
  11. markr6754

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    I’ve had one go off. Three or four months ago. I expect my hearing to return soon. I’ve crushed, inserted sideways, and even upside down. Never an issue getting them out and even reusing most of them.
    Then I started converting .223/5.56 to .300 BLK. Didn’t get all the Crimp out of a case. Seemed a bit hard going in so I kept rotating the case looking for the sweet spot. No significant change in pressure on the press, but I apparently hit the right spot the wrong way. Bang! I was so startled I didn’t really know what happened. Wife yelled out from downstairs...what was that?
    Now I have a Hornady Swaging Die. Works really well...but I am still quite jittery priming converted brass. If anything feels a bit off I throw that case into the rework bin.
     
  12. roc1

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    I wasn’t violate still went off . Machine timing was off I couldn’t retime it platform bad Dillon rebuilt whole machine almost 100% new parts when I got it home. Even sent casefeeder parts I asked to buy. Great service and press works great now
     
  13. docbrown

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    Yes! Couple of times wih the Lee Whack-a-Mole. Switched to an RCBS hand priming tool and managed to set one off when I had a double feed. I wear gloves and glases when priming just to be on the safe side. I prefer hand priming rather than on press for pistol (I do large rifle on my Lee single stage though).
     
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