Ok shot some 30-06 mil surplus. Primary hit-no boom. Now what? Any ideas on what to SAFELY do wiht the rounds???
Thought that might be the answer. If the brass ain't too banged up, how do you get the primer out to reload the brass???you can take a pair of pliers and pull the bullets.
Keep them pointed in a safe direction(both ends) and there shouldnt be much risk. Without a barrel to contain the pressure, if they go off they wont do much.
Good thoughts-waste NOTHING. I swear this is the only thing that will allow a business to stay in business in the 21st century- NO outputs except saleable product and zero waste.Do you have a bullet puller of some sort?
If you reload, you can disassemble the cartridge and reuse the components.
If you don't reload, use a pair of pliers to pull the bullet out of the case; put the powder out in your yard--it's rich in nitrates and can make good fertiliser.
Very good info. Thanks. I am a little squirrely around live rounds. I had a 40mm Mk-19 round blow up in the feed tray (18 month old ammo with non-flush primers). The exploded casing sent pieces flying around the gun mount. I STILL like to find the QA inspector for that lot of ammo- I'd give a 40mm enema.I have deprimed live primers. As said, take it slow. Even if it goes off, it will probably try to blow it out of the primer pocket.
Two things to watch out for if you are using mil spec ammo.
1. Check down inside the case to see if there are two or one holes in the primer pocket. Some mil spec brass is "Berden primed" (two holes) which is a problem for depriming, and you need Berdden primers. http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=hth3Xwoqe9M shows a good summary.
2. Mil spec primer pockets are usually crimped. The crimp needs to be removed before you try to prime the brass. Midway has a number of tools that will remove the crimp. Or you can use a countersink on a drill...
http://www.thefirearmsforum.com/showthread.php?t=114039 has some good points.
You can use most dies in most presses; I think Dillon needs to use its own dies, but I may be wrong on that. There are plenty of Dillon users here. I have RCBS and I could use most makes of die on it.
Bad idea. By not seating the primer all the way (about .004 below flush) it leaves the firing pin to finish seating it creating a fail to fire. Just get yourself a press and dies and reuse the brass with quality components.I would like to reload the milspec 30-06 stuff so the primer is a bit further out or at least flush. Most of the primers on the misfires were sunken so the firing pin did not ignite the powder.