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I've damaged probably 20-30 primers during loading sessions over the past few months and was wondering what others do with theirs? They somehow flip and get sideways in the seating tool and have to be pressed back out of the casing.

They are live so I don't want to just throw them in the trash due to the amount.

Oh, and these are small and large pistol primers - no magnums or rifle.
 

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Put them in oil. It will render them harmless. Spraying them with case lube will do the same. Used motor oil would be cheaper.
 

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Soak them..

I have a small pill bottle 1/3 full of diesel fuel on my bench with a few of them soaking now.

A few days in diesel/oil will take the fire out of them...Bill;)
 

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I just toss em out in the backyard. The elements will render em down to nothing and no one is going to hunt for em and they arent going to set a garbage truck on fire.
 

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Oil and water work marginally at best in deactivating primers. After they dry out they could be just as active as before.

I just toss them in the trash can or put them with the spent primers and nonreloadable brass for recycling.
 

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Thanks guys! I have a bottle of case lube and will put a drop in each then toss them after a couple of days.
 

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WD-40 is a penetrating solvent and destroys them forever.
 

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Ahh, so what do I do then? Case lube?
 

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Buy a hammer, enjoy.
 

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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.

http://www.predatormastersforums.com/killprimers.shtml
 

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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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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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