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Removing Live Primers

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Removing Live Primers

I was given a rifle and some reloads from a friend of my grandfathers and i don't trust the loads. There is no real marking of what powder bullet primer etc. I want to pull the bullets, dump the powder, and remove the live primers so i can tumble the brass and start fresh. What is the best way to remove the live primer?
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    Re: Removing Live Primers

    I just gently push them out with the die . just as I do with fired primers , only gently . I've never had a problem . Jim
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    Re: Removing Live Primers

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    I just gently push them out with the die . just as I do with fired primers , only gently . I've never had a problem . Jim
    If there is any other way I would like to hear it. I have always done the same thing with no trouble, knock on wood. The only other thing that I could think of was to pull and empty the case then fire the primers. I did not want to do that so I have always just decapped them.

    I would like to hear from others on this.

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    Re: Removing Live Primers

    That what I have always done is just carefully decap them. Good luck
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    Re: Removing Live Primers

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    If there is any other way I would like to hear it. I have always done the same thing with no trouble, knock on wood. The only other thing that I could think of was to pull and empty the case then fire the primers. I did not want to do that so I have always just decapped them.

    I would like to hear from others on this.

    Steve
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    That's the way I would do it to be safe.

    Some of the old primers had soft cups and could even go off during seating them and that's
    why a lot of old shooters/re loaders won't use the primer magazines that will hold 1 or more
    boxes of primers.(If one goes off the hole lot will)so you only have to deal with one primer at
    a time.

    You can push them out very slowly but why take the chance.

    PS; Some of the old primers are corrosive so be sure and clean the firearm after you disarm
    the primers.

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    If your nervous about decapping live primers, shoot em' first, but make sure to clean your rifle when your done.
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    You could soak them in some water. If I have to deprime live primers I wrap a towel around the press so if it does go off it doesn't go flying all around, it will take a little longer but you won't have to wear an eye patch.
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