Re: Bad Brass and primer combo
I know all the books say never to decap a live primer but the design of a primer and the position of the anvil, I think it would be almost impossible to ignite one pushing it out backwards.
In as much as I've ignited quite a few 209's setting up my blackpowder rifles for breechplug to retainer clearance and 209's are substantially larger than rifle primers and they just go poof, I wouldn't get too worried about setting one off. Thats how you check to make sure the retainer to breechplug clearance is just right, by igniting the primer and then checking for blowby.
If you were looking down the cartridge, you might singe your eyelashes a bit but thats about it.
First time I ignited one I was a bit aprehensive (because I didn't know what to expect). But after the first poof, there was no aprehension because they do little.
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