Originally Posted by Edd
How were the bolts damaged by the primers?
I did sort of brief it didn't I.
I've always bought reloading components by the bulk, well back in the 80's I did, to expensive now. Anyway, I had 10,000 Rem 7 1/2 primers from that era, used 4000 of them along the way with a few mishaps. These mishaps were from the primer blowing out of the side which then flame etched the bolt face. At that time I blamed it on soft Ruger steel....I know, I know. Stupid. Anyway, a few months ago it happened again only this time to my Rem. Model 7 bolt, then even more recent to a brand new Kimber Montana bolt.
That's when I wrote them a letter.
Remington had produced a bunch of primers with 2 anvils and these would at times blow out the side of the primer cup. Later they changed them to 3 anvil primers and cured the problem. What's interesting is that they didn't recall the bad primers and of course there is no shelf life on them.
What's bad is I have about 3000 loaded 223 brass with those primers. I doubt if I pull all those bullets, dump the powder and deprime the cases. I did that to about 1500 17 Rem. and 204's.