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Saving primers

Discussion in 'Shooting Related Threads' started by mooner, May 13, 2009.

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  1. mooner

    mooner TS Member

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    Was wondering what the best way is to save a primer from a messed up a reload.
    Is there a specific tool to use to punch it out or is that too dangerous?
     
  2. oz

    oz Active Member

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    shotshell primers? just resize/punch primer out and reuse primer. oz
     
  3. cubancigar2000

    cubancigar2000 Well-Known Member

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    I use the reloader and wear glasses, never had one go off
     
  4. waverider

    waverider Well-Known Member

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    Use a slow and steady stroke.

    Have done a few on my MECs.

    If you empty out the collection tray of old primers it makes it easier to find the unused one. 8)
     
  5. wolfram

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    I just run the junk hull through my sizer/deprimer and recover the primer from the tray. A lot of people say this is dangerous and they may be correct but I never had one go off. (knock on wood) If the cap were to go off you could theoretically get a metal fragment flying around so as always, wear safety glasses. Thats something you should do on all reloading operations.
     
  6. BDodd

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    I too have deprimed live primers on MECs over the last 35 years without an incident. I always wait until loading is done for the day and then do them when there's no powder or shot dropping. Glasses always on when reloading and a smooth soft stroke is my method and, of course, I empty the primer catch tray first so I don't have to search for the good one(s).....brekemall....Bob Dodd
     
  7. Dave P

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    I kept my old deprimer from when I had a 600 Jr. lots of years ago befor the squeeze resizer. It's quicker than using the deprimer on your mec resizer machine. Sometimes they are available on EBay
     
  8. BT-100dc

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    As a former safety manager (retired), the risk is not worth it. Two and one half cents is not worth risking injury. Sooner or later an accident will occur. Darrell
     
  9. Ahab

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    BT-100dc...please tell me how a primer can go off when your depriming pin is pushing against the top of the primer. It is nowhere near the sensitive end of the primer. I seriously doublt a cou-ple of inch drop into the spent primer cup is enough to set it off!
     
  10. ysr_racer

    ysr_racer Active Member

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    I've got a bunch of once fired primers, if anybody wants them :)
     
  11. Mismost

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    yes-racer...I re-use my old primers...they make great gravel!
     
  12. K-GUNS

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    I have a Lee load all, single stage that I use to de prime live hulls-after I cut them in half and empty out the contents first. Works great.
     
  13. wolfram

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    Jim, you are of course correct about the risk/benefit ratio here. One trip to the ER to get some frags pulled out of your face will cost more than a couple of sleaves of primers. And yet I just can't bring myself to let the few dud shells go without making a play for the primers .... madness I tell you
     
  14. dverna

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    I hate to admit that I have driven many times in my life with a bit too much alcohol in me. I have been very lucky and never had an accident.

    I suppose I could conclude that drinking and driving is safe for me.

    Now, if you MUST save those $.03, at least put on safety glasses.

    I get so few hulls to reclaim that I just pitch them after saving the shot and wad. One of the many benefits I realized when I gave up on the MEC9000G that I had the misfortune to own before buying a real reloader.

    Don Verna
     
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