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How do I remove live primers?

 
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Old 09-07-2011, 03:45 PM
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Ok I'm new to reloading and I messed up and need HELP!!! Here's the story I got about 500 pieces of once fired .243 brass from my brother who has since passed. So I don't know the history of the brass or what it was fired in. I picked out 100 pieces of matching head stamp brass, deprimed, FL resized, tumbled, chamfered the primer pocket and cleaned the primer pocket, trimmed to .002 below max and chamfer ID and OD of the neck. Then primed and started loading.
I have a brand new savage never been shot. Loaded 30 rounds chambered a few every thing looked great. Changed bullets loaded a few more went to chamber a few and had one that I couldn't get the bolt closed. Checked my brass lengths and my cartridge O.A.L everything looked fine .025 off the lands just like I wanted. What the heck??
So now I chamber the 70 or so pieces of primed brass I have left. 1/3 chamber like butter, 1/3 a little tight, 1/3 can't get the bolt closed. So now what? The only thing I can think of is some of the brass the shoulder pushed forward more then others. I ran my RCBS FL sizing die 1 1/2 turns off the ram just like they said.
Is it safe to run primed brass thru a FL sizer with the primer pin removed? Sounds like a bomb to me if that primer pops. Or how do you remove a live primer. Long story but I knew you guys would need details, thanks for any help.

I think you would remove them Very, Very carefully but I know nothing about reloading..
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Old 09-07-2011, 04:19 PM
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Re: How do I remove live primers?

Dont have any experience with taking primers out of a case, but I dont think your eyes or fingers are worth the risk!!! You can save the bullets and powder, and that is a plus. I would just do some new cases and new primers. Maybe I think like that because I am a surgeon, who knows.
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Re: How do I remove live primers?

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Dont have any experience with taking primers out of a case, but I dont think your eyes or fingers are worth the risk!!! You can save the bullets and powder, and that is a plus. I would just do some new cases and new primers. Maybe I think like that because I am a surgeon, who knows.
If your that nervous about it, pull the bullet and powder then chamber it in your rifle, light the primer off in a safe direction, and then proceed as normal.
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Old 09-07-2011, 06:41 PM
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Re: How do I remove live primers?

Thanks to all that have replied so far, great information. But just to make something clear these are not loaded rounds that I am asking about. These are just prepped brass with primers.
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Re: How do I remove live primers?

I don't know much about you guys but oil in like a diesel..add water if you are woried about
an explosion..All I do is roll them in Case lube use your safety glasses and re punch the out In the last 40+year I have never had an explosion or a snap!
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Old 09-07-2011, 10:12 PM
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I have gently and safely removed primers using my sizing die in the press. I wear gloves, hearing protection and safety goggles just in case but have never had one go off. Also, I never reuse the primers.

Bruce

I have never had a problem with removing the primers with my decapping dies.
I have never had any problem with using the same primers again.
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Re: How do I remove live primers?

I made the same mistake when I started reloading and I just punched the primers out with my sizing die; I just made sure to work the lever of my press slowly. I later loaded a bunch of shells for my brothers 22-250 that, for whatever reason, wouldn't chamber in his gun when they were loaded. So we just pulled the bullets and the powder and went out in the backyard at night (7:00 pm in the winter) and fired off 50 shots with just the primers. It was really cool to watch the flame come out the barrel.

Later I realized he had messed with my seating die and it was actually bulging out the cases at the shoulder because the die was screwed down too far into the press. I backed out the seating die and have never had problems since.
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