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Old 02-26-2013, 12:29 PM   #21
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I've been using a LEE hand primer for almost 30 years w/ no problems. That said, priming cases is the least enjoyable part of reloading for me. It still worries me, and I ease them puppies in real gentle.

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I use a RCBS hand priming tool. I only allow one primer at a time in the tool while the other primers are in the tray with a gate built into the top of the tray closing off the rest of the primers from a chain reaction in case one in the tool goes off......
Very good info. I use the gate to keep from spilling them when setting up, but open it up for priming. Not any more. I am using bamashooter's method from now on--slows things up a tad, but much safer. I have never had a primer flip, but have had them double up occasionally, and that's pucker time. Always figured that once the ram sets the primer up to the pocket, if it did for some reason go off it would only flash out the case mouth, which is always pointed away. But this post makes me think that there might be other reasons for making one pop that could cause a chain event...like maybe static discharge for one? Tell me that the RCBS tray is anti-static...pretty please?

De-priming a hot one is no where near as dangerous, because there is only one to deal with, and it is pretty well contained, at least initially.

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I've just started doing my homework on reloading. A guy on one video takes his 'mis-primed' shells, soaks them in penetrating oil, and tosses them. I don't remember how or where. He doesn't bother trying to clear and re-prime the same shell. He says it's just not worth the risk.

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I've just started doing my homework on reloading. A guy on one video takes his 'mis-primed' shells, soaks them in penetrating oil, and tosses them. I don't remember how or where. He doesn't bother trying to clear and re-prime the same shell. He says it's just not worth the risk.

Yeah depriming an upside down primer can be done and people do do it but dies arent barrel steel they are tool steel which is hard and great for doing machine operations where stresses are in line with the grain of the steel.

However, tool steel is brittle and not strong at all across the grain. A primer going off in such an enclosed space has the theoretical possibility of turning a die into a mini grenade.

I just dont want to be the first person it happens to and up on you tube with a face full of steel splinters...
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