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Removing primer duds?

Discussion in 'Reloading' started by bob35, Jan 11, 2010.

  1. bob35


    Dec 11, 2009
    I have accumulated a small number of 45acp casings with dud primers. I would think trying to de-cap these would be hazardous, but the Scot in me says "save that brass". I have removed the bullets and powder for reuse. I never seen this issue discussed, maybe its obvious? Any comments?
  2. BigDog[RE]

    BigDog[RE] NRA Member

    Oct 11, 2005
    Miami, FL
    I have decapped live brass in my 550. They key os to wear your safety stuff, and do it slowly. I've had no problems at all.

  3. just run them through the sizing die. i have done many with no problems. allway wear safety glasses when reloading. primers are made to go off when hit from the back side. not from the open side.
  4. thorn137

    thorn137 Walther

    Jan 8, 2006
    Tallahassee, FL
    If you not wanting to decap it live, then put a very (very) small bit of wd40 in the case - just enough to soak into the compound (which effectively ruins it). Let it soak for a few mins, then decap.


    DEADLYACCURATE Senior Member

    Oct 24, 2009
    Never do it. You will die.
    I have done it. Just go very slow and wear safety gear
  6. GioaJack

    GioaJack Conifer Jack

    Apr 14, 2009
    Conifer, CO
    Borrow the sledge hammer from the guy with the 50 BMG... he's not using it anymore.

  7. Bultx1215


    May 23, 2008
    Bulverde Tx
    Times like this is when a universal decapper comes in very handy. I have done it dozens of times. Never had an issue. I have saved brass, slugs, powder and primers from messed up loads.:cool: As was mentioned...go slow.
  8. Bob2223

    Bob2223 Jack's buddy!

    Mar 26, 2009
    Spencer Indiana

    Oh,, man ! :rofl:
  9. Cobra64

    Cobra64 Deals in Facts


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  10. dudel


    Dec 10, 2008
    Texas Hill Country
    I prefer a universal decapping die to a sizing die for this operation. You get a much smoother action with less chance of binding on the case. Lot less force required as well. ( good thing when decapping live primers).

    Wear your safety gear and go slow.
  11. shotgunred

    shotgunred local trouble maker

    Mar 1, 2008
    Washington (the state)
    Me to. I just press them out.
  12. unclebob


    Oct 14, 2000
    Mary Esther FL
    Some good and some bad advice here. It takes a couple of days of soaking primers in WD-40 to deactivate a primer. Then once it dries out it is active again. I ran tests on this.
    A friend of mine has a primer in his hand from trying too push a primer out in his hand.
    Yes thousand of people deprime live primers and nothing happens. But be advised you can set one off by even going slowly.
    Depending on what press you have also remember if you set it off that little primer it is coming out of that case traveling at about 700 to 800 fps. So it well be going somewhere.
    I have a modified Rock Chucker that has a hole down the center of the ram. When the ram is up the hole that the primer well come out of is completely enclosed inside the press housing. Only when I lower to ram well the primer come out.
    Not trying to persuade you one way or the other. Just be advised there is a risk in doing so.