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after 15 years of reloading I finally had a

Discussion in 'Reloading' started by Wash-ar15, Jan 7, 2010.

  1. Wash-ar15

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    primer detonate on me. So i was loading some 45 on my pro 1k. primers were Win LP. was on the priming stroke and "pop". Check my self and did not see any blood. Godd thing i make it a habit of wearing safety glasses everytime i reload.

    First time this has happened in close to 15 years of reloading

    Time to get a new primer feed.

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  2. Wow! Why are primers so powerful? Seems like it would take very little spark for lack of a better word to set off the powder in a cartridge.
     


  3. GioaJack

    GioaJack Conifer Jack

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    Wash:

    There are only two kinds of loaders... those who have had primers detonate and those who are going to have primers detonate.

    Glade you came out unscathed... except for the pucker factor of course.

    Jack
     
  4. Singlestack Wonder

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    Demonstrates why Lee reloading machines are dangerous. Only plastic protecting the operator. Lesson learned. Get a Dillon and put steel between you and the next primer detonation.
     
  5. Hydraulicman

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    looks like you've got some miles on that lee:supergrin:

    Glad your ok.
     
  6. DEADLYACCURATE

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    [​IMG] :yawn:
     
  7. Wash-ar15

    Wash-ar15

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    Actually it only 9 months old. it seems to have detonated just the 1 primer. The rest were around the table,but missing the anvils for some reason.
     
  8. unclebob

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    Have you ever tryed too burn some smokeless powder. Try it and you well see how hard it is light it And no it is not going to explode. It well only burn.
    I would say you are very lucky that the hole primer tray did not go also.
     
  9. Wash-ar15

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    here is a question. Since lee set the primers side by side instead of stacking them in tubes like others,I would think that side impact would be less likely to set them off than stacking them on top of each other like in tubes.

    Am i wrong?
     
  10. BK63

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    When I'm loading I'm always watching to make sure there is no dirt or anything under where that primer is sitting before it gets seated in the shell. Many times I stop and take a brush and clean something out of there that drops in during reloading. If the surface the primer is on is flat I can't see why it would go off.
     
  11. GioaJack

    GioaJack Conifer Jack

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    No, you're not wrong at all. Stacked primers are very similar to a roman candle, one detonation after another. With primers the detonation of the lowest primer detonates the next and so on and so on. Obviously it all happens in a millisecond.

    Jack
     
  12. :wow: Never thought about that. Ever had a stack go off?
     
  13. Bob2223

    Bob2223 Jack's buddy!

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  14. GioaJack

    GioaJack Conifer Jack

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    Almost took my face off... stuck in the ceiling.

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    Jack
     
  15. unclebob

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    It does not make any difference if the primers are stacked, or side-by-side. If you set one off you may or may not set the rest of them off. It is called sympathetic detention. Even with the Dillon 650 where there is a space between the primers on the disk you can set all of the primers off in the disk and up the primer tube. I have set off one primer two or three times and did not destroy anything. A friend of mine has set off all the primers a couple of times. That does destroy a couple of parts. I was there when he set off his first one and it sounded like one primer going off. Once I got the fell for the primers going in on the 650 I have not set any off for years now. It was a learning curve from the 550.
     
  16. Bob2223

    Bob2223 Jack's buddy!

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    Did a double take on your plaque thought it said 1934 at first !


    Bob
     
  17. unclebob

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    That is one of the reasons why I like the Dillon press and loading standing, with the press high enough where I’m no where near the top of that primer magazine.
     
  18. GioaJack

    GioaJack Conifer Jack

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    Shouldn't you be shoveling snow, or slaughtering goats instead of showing disrespect to your elders? :whistling:

    Jack
     
  19. Damn Geo, I was 2y/o then.
    Edit, 1year 4 months.
     
  20. unclebob

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