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Primer storage

Discussion in 'Shooting Related Threads' started by kcbullets, Apr 6, 2013.

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  1. kcbullets

    kcbullets Member

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    What is the longest anyone has stored shotgun primers?
     
  2. Skeetbender

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    15yrs for me.

    Life, Job changes, a couple kid's college educations got in the way and now I have a Dentist and a new gun and back to shooting for 3 yrs now.


    Primers, powder, lead and shells all good when I got back to shotgun.
    The replacement cost sucked though :( !
     
  3. hoot619

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    If you need a safe place to store them I can handle it for you.I will keep them

    dust free and also make sure they work by testing a few hundred every other week.

    All of this at no charge to you. Ken U
     
  4. kcbullets

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    LOL. thanks Ken I appreciate the offer. I asked because I was buying a large quantity and was just curious on experiences.
     
  5. dgh

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    Keep them cool and dry and they will last a long time,, I have 15 year old primers as well, No worries
     
  6. W.P.T.

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    I store then in the loaded shells in stacks in my garage ... So far, so good ... WPT ... (YAC) ...
     
  7. BryanF

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    What's a primer and where do you buy them?

    Bryan
     
  8. likemybrownings

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    Not sure what your homeowner policy reads, but I have heard more than 10K primers voids insurance with a home fire. Food for thought
    DaveB
     
  9. Rick in Ohio

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    I store all my primers in 50cal ammo can's..... they last for years!
     
  10. southjblue

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    I have some old 45-70 shells from the early 1900s---They still go bang and accurate out of my Trapdoor----Have you ever wonder why,if found a WW1 or WW2 ammo or bomb,how the say stay clear----I have primers from the early 60s that I still use for my practice loads and still no misfire---Don't worry---hoard them---I just bought 5000 Win primers @ $150.00 amd told the price will go up if you can get them----JMO----George@SJB
     
  11. OldRemFan

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    I just finished up a batch of the old Remington *97 primers year before last. I quit shooting trap in 1973 and I purchased them sometime before that. My Red Dot powder had faded out to a very light pink over the years, but both powder and primers worked perfectly when I started back to shooting in 2009 when my grandson got interested in shooting trap. Storage conditions I have is a cool, dry basement that didn't have much over 15 - 20 degrees of temperature change during the year.
     
  12. Dave P

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    Years and years if packaged properly. Same with powder.
     
  13. mike campbell

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    I rely on 70 yr old primers every grouse season. Grouse aren't easy to come by so it pays to have confidence in your ammo. All I hunt with are paper factory loads from the 1950's and they never fail to go bang.

    However, roll-crimped paper factories date mostly from before WWII and I found them way too unreliable. I think all the small arms research for the war effort made a huge stride in primer reliability.

    Like a lot of others, I have flats of target loads that are 15+ years old and I wouldn't hesitate to use them in a shootoff.
     
  14. Dave P

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    I have 15,000 unopened (3) cases stored in the original boxes and sealed in wad bags.
     
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    I have several hundred CCI 209's from early 70's. I'm not sure where they were stored over the years but I won't use them any more. Noticed they really smelled bad after firing, majority of them worked fine. Had 3 though that were weak, flame out the barrel and from the port, weak sounding. That's enough for me to not use any more, at least in competition.
     
  16. cubancigar2000

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    Bryan, now that was funny. They are almost extinct. Very hard to find right now
     
  17. Big Jack

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    Heck, I've still got some Alcan 209 Primers from the mid 70's and they fire
    just like they should. I tried a few the other day just to be sure. If I remember right, the plant was destroyed in a fire or something in the mid 70's. They have been on the shelf ever since.

    Big Jack
     
  18. Chichay

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    For however long you care to store them, always store them in their original container.
     
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