Depriming Unfired Primers

Discussion in 'The Ammo & Reloading Forum' started by Tanker6, Mar 31, 2010.

  1. Tanker6

    Tanker6 New Member

    Mar 31, 2010
    Silsbee, Texas
    First time poster......

    I've been reloading 40 S&W on a single stage press for a few months now, and I've gotten the hang of producing pretty good target ammo. However, when I first started, I had several FTF's. After taking a closer look at what I was doing and how I was doing it, I realized I was crushing the primers at times (although I read Mr. Lee's book telling me not too :( ).

    Now, I still have 8-10 loaded rounds that have FTF (and yes, I've tried to fire them more than once with no results). I have a bullet puller on order, but this brings me to my question:

    Is it safe to deprime those cases once I remove the bullet and powder? Is it going to go "bang" :eek: ?

    Thanks for putting up with a newby.

  2. 312shooter

    312shooter Well-Known Member

    Mar 17, 2008
    Las Vegas NV
    I have experienced the same situation. Playing by the rules here, after you pull the bullets and powder you can soak the primed brass in oil to render them unfireable. Now, off the record, I have run them through the resizing die and knocked out a live primer with no kaboom, but I don't recommend you challenge safety rules as a newb.

  3. Oneida Steve

    Oneida Steve Well-Known Member

    Sep 28, 2006
    Upstate NY
    I have deprimed dozens of live primers by running the case through the sizer/deprimer die. Never, not once, did I have a problem.

    This is a non-issue for us oldtime handloaders.
  4. dsv424

    dsv424 New Member

    Oct 27, 2008
    Garland, Tx.
    I have been pushing them out with my deprimer for over 2 years now with out an incident and I have done literally over a couple hundred. I always go nice and easy when I do it and were safety glasses of course. I have even deprimed backwards loaded primers this way with no problems at all. Was a bit nervous when I first tried it but that has long since worn off.
  5. mikld

    mikld Well-Known Member

    Jun 24, 2009
    I've done exactly the same thing. I've pushed some out, carefully, and even reloaded them in another case. Worked for me...
  6. howlnmad

    howlnmad Well-Known Member Supporting Member

    Nov 26, 2008
    Harriman, Tn
    There is absolutely no reason to contaminate your brass by squirting oil in them. Nice smooth pulls on the press handle is all it takes. If one did by chance go off, you'll just have to clean your die and change your shorts :D. Wear safety glasses anyway.

  7. Popgunner

    Popgunner Active Member

    Dec 3, 2005
    I've never had a primer go off de-priming on a press but I wear safety glasses while doing it because I have had a few go off on me while seating primers with Lee-Loaders. The pistol primers will startle you but the large rifle primers are scarey. Lots more power in a large rifle primer.
  8. 312shooter

    312shooter Well-Known Member

    Mar 17, 2008
    Las Vegas NV

    Soaking in oil is in no way "contaminating" to brass, this is a recommended procedure to eliminate the chance of a primer going off accidentally for someone who is new to reloading. I guess I have "contaminated" thousands of pieces of brass then, everytime resizing lube has been used on my rifle cartriges, dang!
  9. 11B-101ABN

    11B-101ABN New Member

    Mar 29, 2010
    Eastern Iowa
    I have never had one go off while depriming in a press either, but since the question is from a new guy, I would add that this should be done ONLY on a Single Stage press, because the progressives usually have a powder holder within inches of the sizer die.
  10. Tanker6

    Tanker6 New Member

    Mar 31, 2010
    Silsbee, Texas
    Thanks for the responses. I may "contaminate" my brass anyway. I don't really want to contaminate my shorts. ;)
  11. JetGirl

    JetGirl Member

    Dec 18, 2008
    It's completely safe.
    These ^.
    Push it out slowly. It'll be fine.

    Once you remove the bullet and primer, there is nothing to ignite and nothing to propel out of the case. :)

    Even if it's nothing more than a balloon popping sound. It's loudish and may startle you...but it isn't going to hurt you. Just keep safety glasses on, which you should be doing anyhow. :)
  12. jacksonco

    jacksonco New Member

    I hear you and have been there. I was using a Lee Loader to reload some 45-70 rounds. While I was tapping the primer tool to set the primmer the darned thing went off and gave me an awefull startle. They are prett loud when indoors and one goes off. :eek:
  13. Tanker6

    Tanker6 New Member

    Mar 31, 2010
    Silsbee, Texas
    They all came out without a bang. :cool:

    Thanks again for the responses.
  14. RustyFN

    RustyFN Member

    Oct 2, 2008
    West Virginia
    Not always, besides why take the chance on ruining a perfectly good primer. I have punched them out ( slow and easy ) in my sizing die with no problems. I even reuse them in practice and plinking ammo.
  15. 312shooter

    312shooter Well-Known Member

    Mar 17, 2008
    Las Vegas NV
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