Sealing Primers?

Discussion in 'Reloading' started by lv2hunt, Jul 24, 2006.

  1. lv2hunt

    lv2hunt Well-Known Member

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    Hello,

    I am just getting my feet wet in Precision Reloading and have heard that using primer sealant similar to what the major manufacturers do when installing primers is a good practice; I have never done this. Does anyone do this when installing primers and if so what sealant do you use and where do you get it?
     
  2. sure shot

    sure shot Well-Known Member

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    Being that there is an interference fit between the primer/bullet and case the powder is technically sealed. Unless your using the rounds in a bang stick to go scuba diving with or know your ammo is going to be exposed to extreme moisture for extended periods of time I would not bother with it. IMO
     

  3. lv2hunt

    lv2hunt Well-Known Member

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    Tommy,

    Thanks, that is the way I was leaning as well. Just thought I would ask.

    Brandon
     
  4. ceg1963

    ceg1963 Well-Known Member

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    OK, so the ammo will be exposed to wet conditions, what then?
     
  5. Hired Gun

    Hired Gun Well-Known Member

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    Dunk the box in tool dip and then cut them out when you are ready to shoot them.

    Seriously I have dropped shells in the saltwater bay and found them a month later and they still fired fine. The bullet and the primer are a pressed fit much like the freeze plugs in your car. They will not leak unless your components are junk.
     
  6. ceg1963

    ceg1963 Well-Known Member

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    Thanks

    I am heading out into the Alaskan Bush for 21 days this September (Float Hunt and rain is expected everyday... all day)

    Just curious if this was a good idea.
     
  7. Stormrider

    Stormrider Well-Known Member

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    A lot of the time I hunt in wet conditions so I seal my hunting ammo. I use George & Roy's sealant. I figure that it can't hurt. I have tested sealed against unsealed and not found a difference in how they shoot. As far as being under water I have found ammunition from aircraft that were in saltwater for 20 years. The brass was terribly corroded but the powder still burned.