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Old primers ????

Discussion in 'Shooting Related Threads' started by TjayE, Feb 8, 2013.

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  1. TjayE

    TjayE Member

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    I have a chance to buy some 10 year old rifle primers. They are Federal brand.
    A mixture of small rifle and large rifle. Would you buy 10 year old rifle primers? Tom E
     
  2. hmb

    hmb Well-Known Member

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    Yes. HMB
     
  3. wayneo

    wayneo Active Member

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    Yes, as long as they were not stored in an attic. Excessive heat could ruin primers. I've used 40 year old Winchesters with no problems.

    Wayne
     
  4. southjblue

    southjblue Active Member

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    I got some old Fed primers from my old days and they are just like new---
    Buy them but try a few to make sure----SJB
     
  5. Big Jack

    Big Jack Well-Known Member

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    There is no such thing as a "TOO OLD" primer. But you'll never know until you try them, for sure. I bought a batch of Fed 209's at a garage sale..I only wish they had more of them.

    Big Jack
     
  6. railman

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    I am using Alcan primers, yes, they fire. anyone remember them?
     
  7. notarget

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    I have Alcan and Herter's. They both still work.
     
  8. Hammer1

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    I am using rifle and handgun primers purchased over 35 years ago.

    They still go "bang", produce consistent velocities, and good accuracy.

    Not sure if they were considered "assault" or "tactical" primers when I bought them long ago, but they were less than $1 per box.

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  9. Leo

    Leo Well-Known Member

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    I would not hessitate to use them.

    If you are ever in doubt, just prime an empty case and ignite it in your firearm, as long as you hear a loud pop, everythig is good.
     
  10. wolfram

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    10 years isn't old for primers, assuming decent storage conditions. I routinely buy various primers and powders at garage sales. You really don't know how those items have been stored but the price is nearly always so low that you aren't risking much. I use my bagain basement components just for plinking ammo but I don't recall any primer failures even with the caps that looked like they were swept off a bench and thrown in a bag.

    So you bet, I would buy 10 year old primers but I would also expect a decent discount from the price of new components.
     
  11. kolarshooter

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    I would buy them as long as their not CCI brand,

    I have shot and used primers that are in the 20 to 30 year old and they still go bang.

    Tom
     
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