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Old 04-07-2010, 03:41 PM
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Priming hand tool explosion

My buddy was priming his 223 brass, with a redding hand priming tool. He said he had about 50 primers left in the plastic tray, when the thing blew up. Has anyone had this happen? He had a cut on his face, and lots of cuts on his hand and arm. I told him to call the company, to see what caused this to happen. I'm not sure if he's not telling me the whole story.
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Old 04-07-2010, 04:50 PM
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Re: Priming hand tool explosion

Perhaps an upside down primer?

Pushing up on the anvil instead of the cup might do that???????

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Old 04-07-2010, 04:56 PM
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Re: Priming hand tool explosion

I never used a tray and never will. I seat 1 primer at a time with a my hand held tool with the rest of the primer several feet away. Maybe overkill but, IMHO safer. I have heard some says you can get a primer dust buildup on the tray and so they wash the tray with soapy water and let dry. I'm sure others will comment on what techniques they employ with trays in order to lesson any risk. Your friends lucky he didn't get hit in the eye or sinuses with something or worse yet set off some powder nearby...which by the way my powder is never in the same area when I seat primers.
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Old 04-07-2010, 04:58 PM
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Re: Priming hand tool explosion

could be military brass and did not remove the crimp.
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Old 04-07-2010, 05:14 PM
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Re: Priming hand tool explosion

I concur. Must have been military brass. Never had it happen.
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Old 04-07-2010, 05:50 PM
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Re: Priming hand tool explosion

I have had this happen.............ONCE!

I was using an RCBS hand priming tool, and after the incident I discovered there were 2 primers in the seating area under the case, both were detonated, luckily for me none of the primers in the tray detonated and I escaped with ringing ears only!

It is quite possible that 2 primers were on the seating stem and the compression moved the anvil of one of them enough to set them off.

Primers are VERY sensitive to concussion, that's why the whole tray can detonate!
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Old 04-07-2010, 06:30 PM
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Re: Priming hand tool explosion

It has happened a few times with my Lee hand priming tool where two primers went under the case. I have never set any off but this is why I watch closely and stop if there is ever any unusual pressure while seating.
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