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Primers stored in Arkansas storage shed for 12 years. Use them?

Discussion in 'Reloading' started by tnedator, Aug 1, 2010.

  1. tnedator

    tnedator Lifetime Member

    May 22, 2009
    Ok, I figure the answer is toss them, but here goes. I'm just getting back into reloading after about 12 years. When I was digging around in one of those rented storage buildings to find my Dillon press, I found that my wife had put a box of primers (5,000 with only a few missing) in the shed with the reloading equipment.

    So, is it safe to use the primers after being exposed to 12 Arkansas summers (often 100*+ and high humidity, especially in metal shed)? Should I use these or toss them?

    If I toss them, what's the proper way to dispose of bulk primers.
  2. dsmw5142

    dsmw5142 NRA Member

    Oct 2, 2007
    I would use them for my practice/range ammo. The worst that's going to happen is that they won't fire. Load up 50 and see if they work.
    Most of those storage barns are reasonably dry or people wouldn't pay monthly to rent them. I bet they're fine.

  3. WiskyT

    WiskyT Malcontent

    Jun 12, 2002
    North Carolina
    They'll work. I had a few thousand that were older than that stored in a garage attic and they all went bang. Just don't bet a trophy or your life on them. Use them for the range.
  4. An early Christmas. Enjoy your new found treasure and USE them.

    Welcome back.
    Last edited: Aug 1, 2010
  5. tnedator

    tnedator Lifetime Member

    May 22, 2009
    Actually, only 4,100, as one outer box only had a box of 100 left in it. Still, that looks to be over $100 worth of Winchester WSP primers.

    I would just be using them for 9mm or 40 S&W range ammo, so it sounds like I'm good to go. I might load up a small batch initially to make sure I don't wind up with a high percentage of fail to fires.
  6. shotgunred

    shotgunred local trouble maker

    Mar 1, 2008
    Washington (the state)
    Are they still in the box? I bet they will be fine. Last year I shoy up some ammo mu dad had left in the been in the seventy's. Not one miss fire. Heck you can still buy Greek 30 06 from WWII on the net. I have never heard anyone complain about it.
  7. cole

    cole Millennium Member

    Dec 25, 1999
    Load 50 and try 'em... then load more. They'll work or they won't. I shot some off-brand primers from the 70s' (?) last year. They all went bang. 12 years is not that long really.
  8. Giddyupgo55


    Sep 1, 2008
    As long as they were kept dry load up some test rounds and shoot them. But then I would use them for plinking only.
  9. wilkersk


    Jun 6, 2010
    Beat a few with a hammer, if they go boom, load up some for the range. If they all go boom, use them without reservation.
  10. WiskyT

    WiskyT Malcontent

    Jun 12, 2002
    North Carolina
    Don't beat them with a hammer. Matchbooks and primers are fun to set off by smashing with a hammer, but dangerous. When we were young and dumb, as opposed to old and dumb, we chipped hammers and concrete floors doing that.
  11. sarge

    sarge Millennium Member

    Jan 26, 1999
    90.44.1W 35.48.4N
    This. I figure they'll shoot just fine.
  12. garander


    Nov 29, 2001
    my buddy wacked a primer with a hammer. his hands still have the scars
  13. KiloBravo

    KiloBravo Lifetime Newb

    I did something just about as stupid. Before I realized what primers actually did back when I was younger and much dumber, I actually drilled a bunch of live primers to "de-activate" them. Boy oh boy, those things are much louder then I thought they were. Thankfully, I did not have any sort of permanant damage done.
    Last edited: Aug 8, 2010
  14. AZson


    Oct 5, 2005
    I've got some "Western" primers when I bought a mess of reloading equipment and supplies from a guy, I figure they are about 20+ years old and they work great.
    They where stored in a garage here in Tucson.
    If you dont want them I'll take them
    Last edited: Aug 10, 2010