Wow, I've been reloading for well over 40 years and have always handled my primers. I've never had a hang-fire but you bring up a very good point I had never thought of. How do you suggest getting the primer into the primer seating cup on a RCBS machine without handling it, rubber gloves perhaps?
I use a Primer tray by RCBS ( a round or square dish with ridges in it and a lid ) when you
open the primer box you dump them in the tray and shake it side to side to turn all of the
primers upside down then place the lid on and turn it over and the primers are ready to load
in the primer tube without ever touching them.
If you don't have a primer tray (They are 5 or 6 dollars) and you load them one at a time
then you can use rubber gloves or the little finger gloves that sectaries use on your thumb
and fore finger to prevent touching the primer. I learned this the hard way when I started
hand loading for my shotguns and had been handling the primers one at a time, I continually
had hang fires and miss fires until I stopped touching them and have never had one sense
I know it sounds extreme but it can save you a misfire.
It is best never to touch your primers with your hands. They are the key to consistant pressures
and if you accidentally alter the burn rate it will alter your SDs and ESs.
J E CUSTOM