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what's to loose?

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Unread 03-23-2008, 06:23 PM
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what's to loose?

Hello, went out today to check pressure and velocity on some loads in a new 30/378 wby im begining to load for. Anyhow, I had a hot load or two that resulted in loose primer pockets. What is considered to loose to reprime, and will this effect accuracy. I wouldn't hunt with these couple of pieces of brass but, I hate to toss it due to the high price of wby brass. There was very little to no resistance with my hand primer tool on a couple pieces, but the primers aren't falling out.

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Unread 03-24-2008, 04:40 PM
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I would say toss the brass with the loose pocket . if the primers seat to easy you will get hot gases leaking around them and it can burn the face of your bolt . this can also happen with brass that has been loaded a few times . you will see a black smoke ring around the primers . Jim
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Unread 03-24-2008, 07:36 PM
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I keep using them until I don't need a primer seater to seat them.

These cases are used for load development and some experimental things I do but not for anything else.

Then my thumb will do seat the primer I toss 'em.
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Unread 03-24-2008, 08:45 PM
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I"d toss em too. Just out of curiousity (cause I shoot one) care to share the load info on the hot loads?? It's too bad someone doesn't make better brass for the 30-378 so it could stay a step ahead of the rum.
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Unread 03-24-2008, 09:23 PM
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There's a tool made for peening primer pockets, although I can't recall who makes it. For what your brass costs, something like that may be worthwhile. You may be able to improvise.
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