First Reloading Mistake

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  1. JTofGPD

    JTofGPD New Member

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    I picked up a box of Magnum Pistol Primers and a Box of Magnum Rifle Primers as I ran out and had a couple dozen rounds to load up. . I was going to load up rifle first and so I set aside my pistol dies, pistol powder, and 'pistol' primers. I reach for my components and count out the number of bullets, cases, and primers that I was going to load. I put the boxes back and start reloading.

    After loading up my 30-06 loads last night, I go to load up my pistol and get those components out tonight. As I reach for the 'pistol' primers, I see they are in fact the Rifle Primers.

    See my problem?

    I loaded up my 30-06 load for my savage bolt action (58gr Varget under a 110 gr. Hornady SP) with Magnum Large Pistol Primers (CCI 350) instead of Magnum Large Rifle Primers (CCI 250).


    Looks like bullet pulling time for me...

    ...Unless they are shoot-able, but doesn't this run the risk of pierced primers, not enough spark to ignite powder efficiently, gas coming back into action etc?
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  2. Alpo

    Alpo Well-Known Member

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    Yes, that is exactly the risk you run. Tear 'em down and try again.
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    best to err on the safe side, tear em down and reload them again. one reason to only select the components you immediately need and to triple check the labels. a careless reloader would not have noticed til something went wrong at the range, you noticed, therefore pay attention to detail IMO, good catch.
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    JTofGPD New Member

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    at least the powder is salvageable...
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    Can those unspent primers be safely removed and reused ?
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    Many people will say no, but I've done it since I started reloading, some thirty-odd years ago. Long as I know what primer is in there.

    If I'm not sure, I chamber the primed brass and pop the primers. People will tell you "put some oil in the case and that will kill the primer". Old wives' tale. It's been disproved, but folks keep saying it. 'Sides, even if it worked, you then have oil contaminating your case, and you have to clean it to keep from killing your powder.
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    Im with alpo, I prime and deprime on the press, now is a great time to have a universal decapper die, just catch the primers in a clean bowl and reuse them. They will come out of the case rather easily compared to after you have fired them. I have never had one go off and I have seated some sideways and completely crushed them, then poked em back out and into the trashcan. Seated some upsidedown once too, the decapper pin has to push right where the firing pin hits, this made me nervous, but again they didnt pop, and i reused them in some plinkin loads, worked great, but all the loaded rounds looked fired because of the dent from the decapper... just be careful and keep your face away...
  8. mikld

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    I've knocked out live primers w/o any problems, on a couple occations (50 LRM as I recall). Just go gently and push them out.

    FWIW, when I reload I get the components out on my bench otherwise it all stays in the cabinet. Then I have a look at what I have there; right primers? Right bullets? Correct powder? Then I load 'em up. When done I check again, then return the stuff to the cabinet. Only the items I'll be using gets outside the cabinet.
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    JTofGPD New Member

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    I've popped out numerous live primers.... Works with Rifle primers in Rifle cases, damages the pistol primers in rifle cases, may also just be the de-capping pin is set too low. I've got 30 rounds to pull, so might as well see. :eek:
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    slow and easy
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    Make sure you wear safety glasses, just in case some one is wrong on this project. I have done this more than s few times over the years. I don't recall a blow out. I have noticed the primers may not seat as tight the seconed time around. You may have a few which are damaged and will not fire. The little cheapo Lee Decapper is a good investment.


    RC
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    i've removed live primers and re-used them with success as well. as said the only thing is dont slam your press on it of course, slowly engage and pop out. sometimes it can muscle memory to just plow through decapping brass. sounds like you're good now tho
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    I had one go off one time. It was in sidways and pretty crunched up. I pushed it out from the inside with a small screwdriver. Didnt hit it hard or fast, just a gentle push and kabloowe. Only time that has ever happened. I was wearing my glasses thank goodness.
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    removed 30 live pistol primers from the rifle cases. had 5 that came out dented or otherwise damaged. oiled them and tossed em out. the 25 other primers look good and will be loaded up in my next batch of plinker 44 mag loads (180 LRN over 7 gr Trailboss).
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    not a bad slavage rate, nice work
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