live primer

Discussion in 'The Ammo & Reloading Forum' started by confederatemule, Feb 25, 2012.

  1. I have a .30-30 cartridge that looks like someone squeezed it with a pair of pliers. A section, about a half inch long, just below the neck, looks like a cog or gear. I took the bullet out and poured the powder in the yard. The cartridge still has a live primer in it.
    What now?
    I would lie to make sure there is no possibility of the primer going off, then I would like to deprime the case.

    Then I'll throw it in the trash.

    How do I safely kill the primer?

    Thanks for any help.

  2. The Duke

    The Duke New Member

    Mar 11, 2006
    NW Louisiana
    Spray the inside well with WD-40....wait awhile and go for it...WD will kill the primer compound...

  3. mikld

    mikld Well-Known Member

    Jun 24, 2009
    Deprime as usual. I have punched out several "live" primers using standard depriming methods; sizing/decapping die on a single stage press. I'm gentle and do not "slam" the cartridge in the press and have never had a primer fire. Wear safety glasses if you're concerned about the primer going off...
  4. woolleyworm

    woolleyworm Well-Known Member

    Feb 23, 2009
    SW Fort Worth
    Every primer that I have ever soaked (between 5-10min) in WD40 and tried to fire has been dead.

    If it was me, I'd cut the case so that I could chamber it, give it a shot of WD and then try to pop it off in the backyard to ensure that it's dead.

    De-priming on the press is ok also, just take it slow and if anything feels "off", stop and take a look. The only primers that I will not under any circumstance attempt to deprime on the press are ones that are sealed.
    Last edited: Feb 25, 2012
  5. Brass Tacks

    Brass Tacks New Member

    Jan 9, 2012
    NW Arkansas
  6. Well I read all of the suggestions. The case has been full of WD-40 for bout an hour. I'll put on safety glasses and remove the primer in a little while.
    Thanks, to all, for the ideas.

  7. JLA

    JLA Well-Known Member

    Feb 26, 2007
    Heart Of Texas
    I prolly woulda straightened it out with pliers and just shot it.. :)
  8. Oh, It looked like a deep straight cut gear, and the end of the bullet had been cut off, with maybe the same pair of pliers.
    I filled the case with WD40 and let it set for bout 4 hours and throwed it in the trash. I didn't even take the primer out. I did save what was left of the bullet.
  9. Country101

    Country101 Well-Known Member

    Feb 28, 2004
    NW AR
    Just out of curiosity, what kind of force does a primer have if you are depriming? I'll show my ignorance of reloading dies, but does the die plug the end of the cartridge? If not, other than a pop that may scare you, it shouldnt have enough pressure to do anything, right?
    Last edited: Feb 26, 2012
  10. JLA

    JLA Well-Known Member

    Feb 26, 2007
    Heart Of Texas
    I have decapped hundreds of live primers. Never had one pop.
  11. The_Rifleman

    The_Rifleman Active Member

    Feb 10, 2010
    Me too. The last 30 or so cartridges I've loaded were loaded using primers I pulled from other cartridges. Waste not whatnot!
  12. I was going to have to take it out with a long punch and a hammer, so I felt better killing it first. But, after it's death I decided to simply throw the whole thing away.
  13. woolleyworm

    woolleyworm Well-Known Member

    Feb 23, 2009
    SW Fort Worth

    While I don't know a quantative answer to your question, I do know that a primer going off is quite enough to do severe damage. The sizing die does form a sealed cylinder and the pressure from the primer going off will force the primer out and into the spent primer chute or spent primer catch. There are plenty of documented cases of "ooops" with primers. The explosive charge of a primer is nothing to take lightly. Here's a cross section of a decapping/sizing die.

    Attached Files:

  14. BTW....Thanks for all of the input into this subject.

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