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What to do with spent primers

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I started saving my spent primers when I moved my load lab into the house a few years ago. Well the container finally got full. Now I gotta get me a bigger container or another one to add. Bathroom scales says 9 lbs.
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I throw them in the trash. Do they have any value?
 

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Recycle them. I give them to my dad, along with junk brass I can't reload every few years, and he gets a small chunk of cash.

A quick Google search is showing the price at about $.60 per pound. In order to make it worth it, you do need to accumulate a bit. Also, you need to watch the market, which is why I let Dad take care of it, because he waits until the price is up.
 

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I de-prime on a SS LEE press - when the plastic tube gets full, I toss them into a zip lock baggie and put them out with the trash on the trash pick up day.

No worth it to me to save the stuff, perhaps to someone else it is, just not to me.
 

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I started saving my spent primers when I moved my load lab into the house a few years ago. Well the container finally got full. Now I gotta get me a bigger container or another one to add. Bathroom scales says 9 lbs.
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So I am not the only one doing something like this. I started putting mine in empty olive jars back in the early 70's when I started reloading. no special reason, just when I look at them it gives me an idea of how much I shoot and have reloaded.
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So I am not the only one doing something like this. I started putting mine in empty olive jars back in the early 70's when I started reloading. no special reason, just when I look at them it gives me an idea of how much I shoot and have reloaded.
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Since the 70's! Now you might think about cashing all those in. Think of all the extra room you'll have, and with the extra $$$ you can buy more bullets & powder... maybe even more primers. Just kidding a bit, but just a bit, seriously think about it.
 

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So I am not the only one doing something like this. I started putting mine in empty olive jars back in the early 70's when I started reloading. no special reason, just when I look at them it gives me an idea of how much I shoot and have reloaded.
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if you do decide to recycle them, don't say how old they are or they may refuse them as they may think they have some dangerous elements in them like asbestos or kryptonite
 

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I de-prime on a SS LEE press - when the plastic tube gets full, I toss them into a zip lock baggie and put them out with the trash on the trash pick up day.

No worth it to me to save the stuff, perhaps to someone else it is, just not to me.
same, it's fun dumping that full tube into the trash :broccoli:
 

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Always thought this as justification to buy a blunderbuss. Complete in home recycling....
 
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