Is it just me? - Primers

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  1. Hooda Thunkit

    Hooda Thunkit Member

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    I reload for revolvers. In multiples of 6.

    So, 48 in a box, or 96 in a box.

    It's a fluke if I ever have a box of 100 primers. Or 50, or some number like that.

    Can't say I'm surprised either...;)
     
  2. jmorris

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    I never blew one up, did set off primers with them before though, heard the pop and it smelled a little funny.

    Get things just right though, https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Dust_explosion

    I just quit the practice before my luck caught up to me. I did save a photo of part of the impeller, when my buddy blew it up though. It’s the pic that pops up when he calls. :)

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  3. eastbank

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    the usps frowns on live ammo-live primers sent thru the regular mail, empty brass cases are ok. and i saved about 20.00 by useing the removed primers to reload other shells.
     
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  4. jdsingleshot

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    Hypothetically, if a vacuum cleaner has a mixture of air and dust a primer could set off a bomb.

    I always try hard to find a primer because I've had one go off in a wood stove.

    (Didn't see Jmorris's post)
     
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  5. gifbohane

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    Problem is when I find them, I do not know if it is a SRP or SPP.
     
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    As soon as I drop one, every thing stops till I find it. Those little round things can roll a long ways. I've found them 12-15' from my bench one time. Hit my boot and took off. Did not see which direction it went, took me 30 min before I found it.
     
  7. DMW1116

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    I’m convinced the priming compound can also power a little motor that starts them spinning during free fall. I dropped one that I never found. I’m sure it’s nearing Miami by now. I’m in the mountains of South Carolina.
     
  8. jmorris

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    What brand of primers do you have. A number of different colors they make the compound and cup.
     
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  9. Mark_Mark
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    never thought about that!!!

    Like a Flour Silos can blow up! Good Call!
     
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  10. GeoDudeFlorida

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    I think it passed me on I-75 last week. :eek::eek:
     
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  11. Atavar

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    Probably had something to do with the quarter pound of spilled powder it had already sucked up.
    Guys - a vacuum in a reloading room is just a bad idea.
     
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  12. Mosin77

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    Even at today’s prices it’s $0.10… worth picking up but also not worth pulling the furniture back for. Think of it as a strategic reserve for *really* hard times ;)
     
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  13. twarr1

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    I usually pick them up. But not so much for the monetary value, I just don’t like a miniature bomb floating around.
     
  14. Mark_Mark
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    they are as loud as a .22 CB! and got some power in them
     
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  15. cfullgraf

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    I've never dropped a live primer in a pile of spent ones, but there are usually a few spent ones left of the floor from the resizing/depriming operation. The spent primers get policed up at that time as I have to check each one until I find the live primer.
     
  16. cfullgraf

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    I stop to pick up a dropped primer when I drop it. No problem worrying about what they are as the original packaging is still sitting on my bench.
     
  17. Mr_Gun_Guy

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    I only use small pistol and large pistol, personally. Easy to tell them apart. Now, I do have plans to start reloading rifle calibers in the future, so that might complicate things.
     
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  18. BushMaster-15

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    I found live primers after vacuuming ,by having to clean up the Mess of Dust ,Dog hair and powder spills ; After the BAG EXPLODED :eek:
    Also had to buy the Wife a NEW vacuum ,as apparently I'd spilled more powder than I thought . Yep confined explosion until the Bag and canister Vac didn't contain it . Not to mention the small fire . IF You Don't have an extinguisher in your reloading domain ,might I Strongly suggest GETTING ONE ASAP !. 55 Years reloading and that happened 32 years ago !.
     
  19. Poper

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    You aught to see what a LRM does to the impeller on a Kirby vacuum. Destroys them faster than sucking up pennies. Please do not ask why I know.... o_O :scrutiny:
     
  20. Mosin77

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    Don’t tell my wife, she hates the Kirby due to its weight. Might have a tragic primer accident.
     
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  21. Poper

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    Not really. I just received 300 primed shotgun hulls from BPI without any hazmat charges. I've received primed brass from retailers without hazmat, too.
     
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  22. Poper

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    Gotta blame my brother for that one. It was his wife's vacuum. She complained about it not vacuuming very well and when he took it apart he found the impeller was all but devoid of fins from his wife sucking up pennies. (His little kids liked playing with the pennies from his penny jar but they rarely picked them all up!) Two weeks after replacing the impeller he was using the vac to clean his space and that's when the Kirby ingested the LRM primer. So much for the virgin impeller. The Kirby went down the road shortly thereafter.... :D
     
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  23. gila_dog1

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    When I lose a primer it really bums me out. Sometimes the primer makes a little sound when it hits my foot and bounces across the floor and I can tell which direction it went. So I get down on my hands and knees and start looking with my eye close to the floor, scanning like a radar. That seems to make little things scattered around the floor show up better. Old primers, rubber bands, dust balls, pieces of wire, dirt and gravel from my boots, that pen I lost last week, etc. Sometimes the clutter is too bad I have to sweep the whole floor and then poke around in the dust pan for the lost primers and other good stuff.
     
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  24. Atavar

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    Seriously guys. Get a broom and a dustpan and a foxtail for the reloading room. A vacuum is an injury waiting to happen.
    At the very least get a shop vac so the impeller is on the safe side of the collector, and use a filter over the impeller to catch explosive dust. Change that filter and check the seal often. That’s still not safe but a little less hazardous.
    Having a vac that puts everything it picks up through an impeller and blows it past a hot sparky motor in your reloading area is not the best decision you ever made.
    There is a reason explosion proof vacs cost $2000-$10,000
     
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  25. Mark_Mark
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    When Primers get cheap! I’m doing a 5k primer PIF!!!

    No I’m not a Hazmat! Drop Ship!!!
     
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