so whats your preffered method to storing primers?

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  1. 1858rem

    1858rem Member

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    hey, i have been soo broke the last 3 months, finally got another job a few weeks ago, only like 100 bucks a week but better than nothing. cant really afford much shooting right now, i have fired like 24 rounds of 45 ACP in the last 2 months!!

    im gonna gradually build up my stock of supplies again, but it will be a while since my main focus it to just keep my bike running, (28 year old Harley:D)

    anyhow, i want to keep my primers in the best shape possible and dont think the cardboard sleeves and plastic trays are the best for keeping out moisture, are ziplock baggies fine to use?
     
  2. BADUNAME37

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    My reloading equipment, powder and primers are all in my EXTREMELY DRY basement.

    My primers are all on a shelf over the reloading bench while the powder is about 20' away, in another room (basement bathroom). The reason I have the powder there is two-fold.

    One is that I want it a good distance away from my primers in case anything should happen creating a spark or flame. Second is that when I go to get the powder, I am making a mental note of the EXACT powder I am after. I return to the bench with my canister of powder and I double-check again TWICE that the powder canister now in my hand is precisely what the load recipe is calling for.

    In order to keep my basement so dry (as I also have a lot of expensive tools down there), I must run a dehumidifier nearly non-stop from spring to fall. During the heating months, I don't need the dehumidifier, as the basement is then dry from the boiler and all the piping for the twelve zones.
     
  3. Offspring

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    Primer Storage

    I was out of reloading for many years and have recently restarted. I had quite a few boxes of different primers and types. I left them in the supplied boxes and just put them in sealed coffee cans (sealed with plastic tops) and put them in a shelf in my basement. Now, after many years probably 8 or 9, I'm reloading again and using the old primers has not been a problem. I have not had any misfires due to bad primers since I restarted and I'm just now, after five months of reloading, starting on new primers. I reload probably 1000 rounds a month.
    Just a note from a complete tyro.
     
  4. rfwobbly

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    The preferred method....

    The preferred method is to bring them over to my dry basement so I can watch them for you. And of course, test them weekly to make sure they're still "good".

    :neener:
     
  5. rondog

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    GI surplus ammo cans.
     
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    The best method to store primers is in loaded ammo in ammo cans. :)

    I store my primers on a shelf in the bedroom where I reload.:eek: No problems in 15 years.
     
  7. Walkalong

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    On the shelf out of the way of AC/Heat vents.

    I have primers over 15 years old I am using. They will last much longer than that. Don't expose them to undue moisture, heat, or cold, and they will last a long, long, time.
     
  8. rfwobbly

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    +1 on the surplus ammo cans
     
  9. Beelzy

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    Do not put primers in a baggie, condensation may ruin them.

    Store powder and primers in their Original containers in a cool dark place. They will last
    forever if stored properly.

    Ammo cans are good for storage and watertight.
     
  10. Lee Roder

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    I'd think if detonation were to occur, you'd be unwise to have them in a solidly sealed container like an ammo can. Maybe that's why they're in cardboard boxes??
     
  11. rondog

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    The GI surplus ammo cans are designed to "give" in the event of ammo detonation inside them, so they won't just blow up. So I've heard, anyway.
     
  12. Ret.CWO

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    Ammo cans, using 20 year old primers stored in GI ammo cans left in the basement. Not one misfire. I haven't had a primer problem ,as when I was financially better off I stocked up every time they went on sale at Midway or Graf's.
     
  13. USSR

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    Open door, place primers on shelf, close door.

    Don
     
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    "anyhow, i want to keep my primers in the best shape possible and dont think the cardboard sleeves and plastic trays are the best for keeping out moisture, are ziplock baggies fine to use? "

    You can store them in the factory packs for an awfully long time. They don't attract moisture and, if you soak them underwater a week or so and then let them dry out for a month or so they will be fine. That's the way they are made, keeping the compound wet with water greatly reduces the hazard.

    I keep the original boxes in a 50 Cal. ammo box. Maybe I haven't done it long enough to see if it's really "safe" tho, only about 40 years so far. ;)
     
  15. Afy

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    I just keep them in the cupboard, along with the miserably low amount of powder I have in the office at home.
     
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    I keep them on the floor of my clothes closet in the original case box. Just started back into reloading with a case I bought 6 or 7 years ago and threw in the closet, haven't had any problems other than the dread of having to find more to replace them at this time in the economy.
     
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    In their original bricks stacked in surplus ammo cans which are secured in the knaack box.
     
  18. Sport45

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    Mine stay in their original boxes on a shelf in my closet. Don't see a need for anything more than that now that my sons are old enough to know what they're doing.
     
  19. Steve C

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    Unless you have a leaky roof, are storing in a wet basement, or in an outside shed that's not climate controled and has the potential for leaking there's no reason to do anything special to store primers other than keeping them on the shelf inside the house in their original boxes. They'll last that way longer than you will be alive so don't worry about moisture.

    Primers should be kept in the original boxes as the box seperates the primes enough to avoid static electricity or chain detonation. Storing primers in a metal or glass container is making a potential fragmentation grenade and not a sound idea. If you are still worried about water leaking on the boxes or a flood then get yourself one of those plastic storage boxes and put the cartons of primes in it.

    There's enough real problems in life that we don't need to come up with imaginary ones.
     
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  20. Mal H

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    What Beelzy said: "Store powder and primers in their Original containers in a cool dark place. They will last forever if stored properly."

    I have never worried about my primers going bad - well, maybe I did for the first 10 years, but for the 30 or so after that, I quit worrying.
     
  21. MikeS.

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    When I started reloading back in May I used some primers I'd bought in 1995 when I thought I was going to start. Anyways, those 14 years old primers had been stored in an ammo can. Not a single misfire.

    So I still store them in ammo cans on the floor of a bedroom closet.
     
  22. ohman11

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    This is not a great idea but I have a few thousand that my FIL gave me and they have been in his garage for over 20 years just in the boxes they came in. I have used maybe 500 so far and never a problem. I think they are a little more resilient than we think they are. I am not suggesting you do this just using it for a example.:neener:
     
  23. RoostRider

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    I have shotgun primers that my father purchased before I was born (40-50 years old). They were stored in a box in their original containers, left in the unheated garage, moved through several houses and finally given to me, where they sat for many more years before being used.

    They all went bang.....
     
  24. Otto

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    According to Speer:

    "Never store primers in a tightly closed metal container like an ammo can. To do so is to risk a devastating explosion complete with deadly metal fragments from the can. Such confinement can make the discharge of one or two primers instantaneously progress to a high-order event involving all primers in the can."
    http://www.speer-bullets.com/education/primers.aspx
     
  25. Rembrandt

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    Watertight plastic storage boxes, kept in a cool dry place.

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