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Old 02-23-2013, 12:01 AM   #11
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This thread prompted me to do bit of looking online for more information. I found a couple sites that were interesting. One place said that sodium carbonate (aka washing soda) works well and another said nitric acid works. They seemed somewhat credible. Here is a site that gives a lot of info on the common wisdom of deactivating primers. He reached the conclusion that most of the popular methods do not work for some primers. Even after soaking for days.
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Old 02-24-2013, 01:52 AM   #12
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I like the hammer idea....they are't that loud..wear safety glasses.
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I'll try a couple with a hammer, the rest will go in the woods. My neighbor is an LEO, and I don't want the attention.
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I was just joking but I have done it before when I was younger. Definitely wear safety glasses if you do, but I wouldn't recommend it. Those little bits of primer flying at you sting a bit.
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Originally Posted by sdiver35 View Post
Ahh, so what do I do then? Case lube?
Just throw them in the trash and quit worrying.

Don't hit them with a hammer unless you are wearing a leather apron or something to shield you from the high velocity brass shards that will be spitting out.

I suppose if someone wanted to, they could seal primers up in an old paint can and toss it in a camp fire to cook them off. A small nail hole poked in it first would relieve any pressure and keep the lid from blowing off when it was heated.
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