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Removing live primers

Discussion in 'Handloading and Reloading' started by bigcim, Apr 25, 2007.

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  1. bigcim

    bigcim Member

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    I accidentally put a primmer in upside down is it possible to remove it safely
     
  2. Idano

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    Yea I have done it to just decap it as normal.
     
  3. ReloaderFred

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    Just push the primer out slowly, and there won't be a problem. If you really want to be safe, wrap a heavy towel around the press while you do it, but it's not really necessary.

    Hope this helps.

    Fred
     
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    happens more times than I would care to admit. Deprime it as normal using slow steady preasure.
     
  5. The Bushmaster

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    Ditto on the above. I did it last night in fact. Only mine was CRUSHED in sideways. Got curious...Chambered it in my revolver and pulled the trigger...POP!! Tough little devils...Now I have a sideways flattened fired primer with a firing pin mark in its side...

    Just remove it using your resizing/decapping die...
     
  6. bigcim

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    thanks fellas
     
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    I do it but I do wrap it in a heavy towel,'just in case'.
     
  8. SamTuckerMTNMAN

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    yeah

    I am relatively new to loading and have had to do it, also worried they wouldnt work anymore....backed them out as usual, but more slowly, reloaded, fired just fine. Goggles at least would be worthwhile I'd say. Make sure there's no powder open or around!

    I knew of a guy once in blackpowder shooting that had a spark land in his powder horn.

    Not a good thing.
    ST
     
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    wearing eye protection and earmuffs might not be a bad idea in case it goes off....if you use slow, steady pressure it shouldn't though
     
  10. WolfMansDad

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    I've set off primers while using my lee classic loader. (Primers are installed with a hammer.) They are loud little suckers, but other than that it's no big deal. However, I do always wear eye protection when working with primers or powder.
     
  11. Gnarkill

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    Setting off a primer inside might make you deaf for a bit. Use earmuffs, I set off a large pistol primer outside w/ a hammer and it was loud as hell. My ears were ringing for half an hour.
    If you don't have powder nearby and only 1 primer around depriming live primers isn't a big deal IMO. Eye protection wouldn't be a bad idea either. Just go slow and you should have no problem.

    Another thing I oversaw myself. If you scrap your spent primers, make sure you take the live one seperately and pop it. If a scrap places finds a live primer w/ your scrap they will often deny everything you brought. (hence the hammer popping system)
     
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    Thanks for the info I didn't know what to do about that either.
     
  13. fatelk

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    I had that once with a factory Wolf .223 round.

    The only time I have ever had a primer go off while reloading was when I was decapping some live primers in extremely heavy crimped boxer primed 8mm Mauser stamped 8 MM 44.

    I've popped out many upside down and sideways with never a problem. That doesn't mean I'm not still real carefull when I do it. I have also reseated primers deeper on live ammo (again, carefully), made mention of it on a thread, and got royally reamed by a couple different people for being so foolish and dangerous. Please no more flames on this, I've already been chewed out enough.
     
  14. Starter52

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    bigcim, you've touched on something that everyone who reloads has done at least once.

    For me, I've done it dozens of times over the years. No big deal.

    FYI you might want to lose that "Hitler" quote. It's a fake. Pre-internet fraud.
     
  15. Hazzard

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    I'd agree that you can decap as usual as long as you take it slow. Wear eye protection. of course, you were doing that when you reload anyway right? If not, you really should. You only have one set of eyes.
     
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