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Old primers still good ?

Discussion in 'Shooting Related Threads' started by jfan517, Feb 10, 2011.

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  1. jfan517

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    I have some old CCI primers that I acquired when I purchased my reloader. I'm guessing these primers are at least 15 - 20 years old. Are they still good? If not what's the best way to dispose of them ?
     
  2. BDodd

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    Loadem up and shoot some practice. After a brother's death, I was given some reloads in Fed. paper shells, 700X, and WW primers that I assembled in the 1970s for his fun shooting on private land. I took those 6 boxes to the club, they all fired, and I broke every bird I properly pointed at - not one misfire or bloop!
     
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    I totally agree. I quit shooting for 8 years--left the reloads sit. Took them out a shot them with out a blooper. If you have quite a few primers--do a randon sampling and just reload the the samples. It will give you a general idea if they are going to work. Ron
     
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    So long is they were stored in a dry, cool, dark place, there won't be any problems whatsoever. Its when people store them improperly that you get into trouble. Since you don't know the history behind their storage, its really a totoal crap shoot. I'd load them 100 at a time, and shoot them until their gone or you have issues, that way your risk isn't that great if they are no good.
     
  5. short shucker

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    Just load a couple of them into hulls and take outside and fire. If flames come out the end of the barrel, all is good. Don't go to the trouble of completely loading a few shells just to find out the primers have drawn damp.

    ss
     
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    Deleted my post as i basically repeated what SS said.

    Matt
     
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    "If flames come out the end of the barrel" What brand of primer will send flames out the end of the barrel? I've never shot, seen, or heard of any primer that would do this.
     
  8. alfermann66

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    the only thing that will kill a primer is petroleum.

    buz
     
  9. Ajax

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    If they are the "Trap and Skeet" primers made by CCI years ago they are not coated. They were not made to have a long shelf life because Trap and Skeet shooters go through a lot of components pretty fast. CCI made them and sold them cheaper which was a good idea but they forgot what hoarders we are. After a number of complaints they took them off the market.

    I would try a few and not load up to many until you see if they work.

    Ajax
     
  10. short shucker

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    skeet_man,

    They throw a fair bit of fire. Just give it a try and you'll see what I'm talking about. It works really good at night.

    ss
     
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    My dad had about 5K old primers ; Fed 209 & Rem97. I have been using them for practice loads; 1 1/8 oz w/ Green Dot.

    They all have gone bang so far but they have not performed so well when it was cold. A few off sounding ones. I've got about 1K of the Federal ones left.
     
  12. Jawhawker

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    If they are CCI 109's they have no coating but 209's of that era will.
     
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    I have just used some Alcan Max-Fire 220s that I bought in the 1960s (forgot I had them)& they worked just like the day I bought them. They will send fire out the end of the bbl. Ross Puls
     
  14. Ted

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    A friend gave me 2000 cci 209 primers that have been stored in his hot Arizona garage for 30 years. I have loaded half of them with NO problems. They all worked great. Ted
     
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    I was given several hundred old CCI 209's from the early seventies. Not sure how they were stored over the years, but I won't use them anymore. Most worked fine, but after firing the shells they really smelled bad. Biggest problem was 3 or 4 that were bloopers where a lot of flame came out the end of the barrel. Cost me 3 or 4 league targets, I'll blame it on the bloopers!

    On the other hand, when I got back into shooting, I had several pounds of Red Dot that had sat around for over 20 years and it all worked fine.
     
  16. wolfram

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    I'm still using rifle primers that I hoarded up during the big 'shortage' of during Clinton years. They are as good as new. Funny but the shortage was largely due to hoarders such as myself.

    I'm sure your CCI shotgun primers are just as good assuming they haven't been exposed to a bunch of extreme humidity cycles. Load em and try em.
     
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