Is it just me? - Primers

Discussion in 'Handloading and Reloading' started by Mr_Gun_Guy, Jul 18, 2022.

  1. Mr_Gun_Guy

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    I’m old enough to recall the old days, like four years ago, when, if I dropped a primer and it hit the floor, I’d just sweep it up at the end of the day and toss it in the garbage.

    I just moved a bunch of stuff to find a primer (yes, just one) that rolled underneath and out of sight. Good news is that I found six of them, some large pistol and some small pistol, in the effort.

    I sure hope that the price of primers comes back down sometime soon.
     
  2. FROGO207

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    I always took the time to find an errant primer when I dropped it. Was never one to waste anything unnecessarily. Years ago I would freely hand out primers to get others started, or to get another reloader enough to get a batch loaded. These days I am a lot more selective where my primers go. I am not willing to drain my resources to help a reloader that refused to stock up when they had a chance. One of them even refered to me as a hoarder back then LOL.:confused:
     
  3. Mark_Mark
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    i have green shag carpet (long story) in my reloading room. A few months ago, I found 3 that I was missing! I hope primers come back at $25/k
     
  4. GeoDudeFlorida

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    Me too. Mostly because lost primers are typically found by vacuum cleaners.
     
  5. cfullgraf

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    I have always searched for a dropped live primer lke @FROGO207.

    It has never been a large number but no sense leaving a good primer going to waste.
     
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  6. Jonesy814

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    I always have looked for a dropped primer. It really bugs me to load a hundred rounds and have to open a pack for 1 primer. I load for handguns and do batches of 50 or 100 usually, but sometimes 150
     
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  7. allisd17

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    I never go out of my way to look for a lost primer. If it's in plain sight, of course I will pick it up. On the other hand, I will spend an hour in the hot sun at the range looking for one piece of .30 carbine brass that I can't account for. ;)
     
  8. Soonerpesek

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    Now that's just silly..................................................................guess that's why I do the same..................:cool:
     
  9. CQB45ACP

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    When you all find these long lost primers does it make a difference to you what they are? I mean don’t small rifle and large pistol look alike? Or how about magnum v. regular?

    (I know, I’m showing my ignorance)
     
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  10. CQB45ACP

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    Your carpet selection doesn’t surprise me for some reason. You seem like a shag carpet kinda guy, Prius and all.

    My workshop carpet is a dark red/burgundy thread bare wool piece from my grand parents home. I’m 70 mind you so this carpet was something like a wedding present from Kaiser Wilhelm.

    Anyway, back to primers, I keep the carpet because it’s still serviceable and foreign objects like primers “pop” out visually. SS pins are easy to see as well.
     
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  11. earlthegoat2

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    I use a rolling chair when reloading. I once rolled over a lost primer with the chair and POW!!

    I like to look around for them now.
     
  12. Mark_Mark
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    What? would give me a heart attack
     
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  13. eastbank

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    i had about 250 primed case that i wanted to sell and i had to remove the primers to ship thru the mail, i removed them slowly and saved all of them. i loaded several rounds with them and test fired them with rounds i had loaded before. i could not tell any difference in the groups at 100 yards.
     
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    I a L was look for dropped primers. Like a Shepard for a lost lamb. Don't want any mishaps I did loose one, but think my pup saw it rolling accessed the floor and ate it only thing I can yhink of for not finding it.

    Was at a flea market Sunday a seller had 3 boxes of primers for 15 dollars, said they were supposed
    Turns out they were srp but really old stock as in cardboard packaging, one was Winchester western, the other 2 were rem 6.5's figure that they were manufactured in the 60's to 70's. Wasn't sure I could trust them and 6.5's are low pressure primers for 22 hornet.
     
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    I dropped a primer unknowingly in the sliding glass door. We found it when someone closed the door. Boom!!!
     
  17. JEBruns

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    I'm an find every primer person also. I don't like partial primer boxes.
    Me too. But watching the primer links in the pinned thread in this forum, they seem to be mostly still headed up.
     
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  18. jmorris

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    Did you find them with a vacuum or were you down there playing with your army men? :)

    I had almost completely forgot about having to rake the carpet…that’s ‘70’s stuff or has shag made a comeback?
     
  19. CQB45ACP

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    You’ve automated the process I bet:)
     
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  20. drband

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    I don’t think primed cases are considered hazmat.
     
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  21. jmorris

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    I long ago quit reloading over carpet. ;)

    I do have a pneumatic vacuum for sucking up stuff in the reloading room though. I have seen one vacuum that was blown up after ingesting and igniting a live primer.
     
  22. drband

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    That’s quite a punch for a single primer to blow up a vacuum cleaner!
     
  23. Mark_Mark
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    Alright, so I bought shag carpet to put into a photography studio I had. It’s super soft! So here the deal. Shag carpet is underrated for reloaders and gunsmiths…. Why? any primers or parts (ar pivot spring, 1911 safety plugger spring) don’t bounce off. The carpet just catches it! then you get down and pick it up! Everyone should shag carpet their Reloading room!!!
     
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  24. Bcwitt

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    Ever drop a live primer in a pile of spent primers? Thats the worst.
     
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