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Old 06-30-2013, 03:25 AM   #11
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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.
they are typically stored in climate controlled areas. the short trips to stores and sitting on shelves isnt long enough to hurt them. it takes years in a humid climate to damage a primer.

i dug up an old very old box of cci primers i bought in the late 80's and had been stored in boxes of household goods in houston other parts of texas (all damp and humid) and here in wisconsin. for almost 3 decades. they still worked fine when i discovered em.

odds are they will work fine even if abused.
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Exactly.
So to the OP, load them, or not. Store them either way in a decent environment, and you have nothing to worry about.
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i wouldnt trust such primers in ohsht ammo or for hunting but plinking and range type stuff should be fine.

there is no real benefit to priming and then storing. if something squishes a box in storage case mouths can be easily damaged then you have a primed case taht needs to be reworked.
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I would not prime and store long term. If you don't want to reload for the next couple years then just leave them alone. If you are interested in another option, you could set up a hand press with dies that would all fit in a cardboard box in the top of your closet. There is more than one way to skin a cat. (That is an old saying. I do not skin cats.)
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Actually makes no difference if you load now or later. I have a large number of preloaded cases and a number of non-primed cases. Depending on if you feel you will need to powder and load pre-primed cases or not.

If I was you, I would prime 2 or 3 hundred cases and keep the rest for later use.

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