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Old 06-26-2013, 03:07 AM   #1
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Ok so my parents are moving to FL and I gotta stay in NY for a bit longer..(hoping to be out by 2015) I have a sweet reloading bench I built and just started to use to process all my 30-06 brass and 223 brass..

With moving into an apartment I won't have my reloading bench for a while.. Prob a year or so..

Should I prime all my 223 cases before my parents move and let them sit in storage? Or keep the primers in the box and just wait till I'm set up to make full cartridges?

I have about 1800 pieces of brass and just scored 2k small rifle primers for 49.99 per 1k..
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Old 06-26-2013, 03:23 AM   #2
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Don't know where in Florida your folks are moving, but most of Florida can be humid. Unless your cases will be stored in a low humidity environment, I'd be a bit concerned how they would stand up after a couple of years. Some of my reloads I shoot are 5 years+ old and they do fine, but they were primed, charged and finished in just a few seconds and stored in a cool dry area. good luck
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I'd leave them seperate.

Why not setup a small table in your apartment to keep reloading? I've seen pics on here of guys who have reloading benches in their RVs.
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I'd leave them seperate.

Why not setup a small table in your apartment to keep reloading? I've seen pics on here of guys who have reloading benches in their RVs.
Agreed. That seems like the best course to me.
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I'd leave them seperate.

Why not setup a small table in your apartment to keep reloading? I've seen pics on here of guys who have reloading benches in their RVs.
I would but my apartment is going to be more like a room, that I'm splitting with my gf.. There's really no room at all to put even a coffee table.. Bed dresser and a tv.. The kitchen area is smaller then the bathroom lol..

And I would be storing the shells up here in ny.. Prob in a climate controlled storage unit nearby..
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Get a used ironing table and bolt your reloading press to that and set yourself up from that at least you can then put it away when your finished, regards
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I don't normally prime until ready to load.
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Leave primers in the box. Put boxes inside an ammo can. Drop in a dessicant pack, close can, leave them alone. They will be fine until you resume reloading. Once in the brass, they are exposed to moisture via the flash hole of the unloaded case.
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Aren't primers packaged in a cardboard box from the factory sitting in a store or warehouse floor subject to humidity as well? I mean, I have never seen them shrink wrapped and in air tight containers.
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Yeah ill just hold off on priming them.. My finances aren't gunna let me buy in bulk on supplies for a bit anyways..
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