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How long do primers last? I found some in my father in laws garage. They could be anywhere from 5 to 25 years old. I don't know if it makes a difference but the average humidity is around 25%
 

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With that low humidity, they're most likely just fine. Test a few with no bullet/charge and see if they go boom, I'll bet they go pop.
 

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Thanks, Woolley!
 

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i agree.. load a few empty cases and deactivate them in an appropriate firearm and see what you get.
 

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I'm currently using LPP that I bought in 1994. Been stored in a box in my garage here in Florida. High temps and high humidity. Primers work just fine.
 

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I'm still using primers I bought in the late 70s. They work fine.
 

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That's great news! I finally have all of the components I need to reload. All I have to do now is get everything organized and read up to make sure I understand the different steps.
 

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That's great news! I finally have all of the components I need to reload. All I have to do now is get everything organized and read up to make sure I understand the different steps.
If only more people would do that. :thumbsup:
 

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I had some shotgun primers in the garage that were 30 years old and my garage floor gets wet after a big rain. They all worked fine.
 

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I have about half a box (500) of Herter's shotgun primers from the 60's or 70's, they work fine.

Been cleaning house, shooting up some of the old stuff. Picked up a bunch of new primers and powder about a month or two before Obamy won the election. Sort of, kind of seen the hand writing on the wall, so to speak.
A few weeks ago reloaded some (250) .357 with Remington primers from the 60 ’and 70’s everything went well. No fail to fires.
 

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I've got around 10,000 WW small & large pistol from the 80's. They've been individually sealed in freezer bags and seem to be just fine. I just need time to load them. Time now seems to be one of the most important things I have. Some people see is as free. Not me.
 

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I have some percussion caps that my dad had they came from Bannerman & Sons NY. they are at least 70 years old and still go boom.
 

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How long do primers last? I found some in my father in laws garage. They could be anywhere from 5 to 25 years old. I don't know if it makes a difference but the average humidity is around 25%
my friend is loading primers he bought in 1993-1995

he keeps them in ammo cans


if they are kept dry, they are more than likely just fine
 
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