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question about red around primer

Discussion in 'Handloading and Reloading' started by firstg19, Jan 2, 2009.

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  1. firstg19

    firstg19 Member

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    I just picked up a box of .223 PMC 55 grain rounds from cabelas. I noticed every load has red around the primer. I haven't checked yet, but I could have swore that when i read the book, "ABC's of Reloading", it said that if you noticed red, that it meant the primer pocket was too worn out and it was time to ditch the case. Now I'm confused, could someone enlighten me. also, sorry if this is a dumb question.
     
  2. steveno

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    it is a sealant against moisture. personally I don't think it is needed because the primer joint is really tight
     
  3. The Bushmaster

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    Just sealent...Most European manufacturers and some U.S.(Winchester on ocassion) use a red sealent.
     
  4. ReloaderFred

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    +1, it's primer pocket sealer. You'll run across it in a lot of military loadings.

    Hope this helps.

    Fred
     
  5. dwave

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    I have 55gr .223PMC ammo too and it is sealant like everyone else has said.
     
  6. rcmodel

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    Black soot indicates a primer leak due to excess pressure.

    Red = Good
    Black = Bad

    rc
     
  7. The Bushmaster

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    rcmodel...I've seen green, red and BLACK sealent on the primers. Especially European ammunition.
     
  8. depoloni

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    Black SEALANT good, black SOOT not so good...

    The latter will have left matching black on the bolt face. :)
     
  9. rfwobbly

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    It's either sealant, or your new ammo is already mad at you.

    :D
     
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