Originally Posted by partdeux
Can you chamber an empty shell with a live primer and touch it off? Also, is there any reason you can't reload a shell with a live primer, just skipping the primer stage?
yes you can put an empty case in a firearm and set it off. i do that into a metal container from time to time to prevent the flame from the primer setting anything on fire. its a useful way to do final testing of firing pin protrusion on rifles with adjustable strikers.
yes you can load empty primed cases. i typically re-necksize only the case. you can do this by removing the decaping rod on certain sizing dies. some you cant do it since the neck sizer is part of the decap assembly and wont stay connected without the pin. dies like dillon are just such a die. i do have a stem thats broken so i just use that to re-necksize without decapping.
Originally Posted by GaMatt72
The primer is cocked a bit. I did not remove the crimp well enough. It my not even go off right. It is only 1 shell I have more coming from a friend that is sending me a few hundred empties for the price of shipping only. Lol a whole 10 bucks. And I still have 500+ rounds to shoot off. Lol.
Big question where is the best place to order bulk bullets from? I know midway but where else?
please dont decap live primers. its not a good idea regardless of how long other people have been doing it for decades without an issue. its like the guy that goes into denali park saying "ive been walking up to bears for 30 years and feeding em a sandwhich every friday. havent been bit yet. i KNOW what im doing..."
depends on the caliber. upammo(one of our vendors) has good prices and is currently running a Firearmstalk only discount deal. then there is graf and sons brownells and other online sellers. shipping can often be a huge cost in online bullet buying due to weight.