Primed brass that sat?

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  1. clepidus

    clepidus Member

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    Understanding that primers are not in any sealed packaging and are exposed for the most part I am wondering about loading 50 rounds if brass I primed about 4 months ago. I am assuming that the primers would be fine as you can buy primed brass and who knows how long it sat.

    The pieces were stored in a ziplock bag in my reloading desk which is in my basement. The temp is about 65 year round and I use AC year round to tame humidity because I hate damp air.

    Anyway anybody had bad experience using primed brass that say a while?
  2. todd51

    todd51 Well-Known Member

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    Nope. I size and prime my brass and then store till I want to finish the loading. I have some that has been stored in clear plastic jugs for a couple years before loading. Never had a problem.
  3. LDBennett

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    Primers stored inside the home should be fully good for many decades.

    You do know that primers (like Winchester) are not packaged in sealed containers at all. It is a paper box with the primers laying in a plastic tray, fully exposed to the air.

    LDBennett
  4. clepidus

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    Yea I knew they were not sealed in the packaging. I think I mentioned that in my original post. I just wasn't sure the if act of seating them compressed them in any way breaking some sort of seal. I didn't think it was the case but thought I would ask because the combined experience level is much higher than I could achieve in a life time.
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    No problems here. I have over 200 rds. of 30 carbine thats been sitting in a plastic coffiee can for 8 years primed and i load a few here and there and they shoot just fine.
  6. soundguy

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    i usually clean and size a few hundred pieces of brass per setting. out of those. i baggy them up in 50 round packs.

    I make sure I have 50 primed and ready to go in each caliber I load for.

    that way if I need to load some up quick one day.. i just grab my pre-primed baggie and start charging..e tc.

    never had an issue.
  7. time2shoot

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    I store mine in locking lid totes.
    Think about it, how are they pkg. on the shelves?
  8. aa1911

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    yeppers, they're good to go. I do keep mine in ziplocks just as a backup but I figured since the manufacturer didn't feel it necessary to package them sealed, they must be individually good to hook against the moisture in the air. I do it in case of accidental spill and my garage is not insulated or heated so there's a chance of condensation.

    I've had some laying around in primer trays or on the primer spillover on my Dillon for looooong time; eventually they get loaded and all go bang.

    matter of fact, I bought a brick of Winchester shotgun primers a few weeks back and left them in the back of my truck (just tossed them in my empty hulls mesh bag) and was inside for 3 hours, unbeknownst to me it started raining. Didn't realise it until about 2 hours of hard rain had happened, just let them air dry and they worked fine. Didn't get submersed, but the cardboard was saturated for sure.
  9. Throckmorton

    Throckmorton New Member

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    you're good to go with those 'old' primers.They'll work fine.
  10. clepidus

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    Thanks guys. Just a little paranoid once in a while been that way since the thieves started hitting me weekly. Two nights ago they got a 6 month old Honda kicker right off my boat. I had a lock on it so they took the whole friggin mount. I hope I catch them cause I have 2 shotguns loaded with bb over t and can't wait to see what kind of damage it does.
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