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Old 11-16-2013, 04:36 AM
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The good news: the admiral bought 60 primed 30 06 cases at a garage sale. Look like once-fired brass. It was a steal of a deal (or so I thought)

The bad news: they weren't sized, and won't fit either of my rifles. Trying to force them nets a scuffing on the case head. They all need to be sized for length.

Question: how to remove live primers from the cases? ;? using a die in a press will likely seal the opening enough that the firing primer will cause damage, right?

What's the fix?
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Remove the de-capping pin from the die and then full length re-size them and you should be good to go. I've done some in the past myself without incident and am thinking you can pull it off safely also.

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Originally Posted by Bamby View Post
Remove the de-capping pin from the die and then full length re-size them and you should be good to go. I've done some in the past myself without incident myself and am thinking you can pull it off safely also.

Good thought, Bamby. Unfortunately, I full-length sized a few of them in the press and there was no change. I suspect that they're just too long, and the necks show no sign of a sizing guage/cutter having been used on them.

In order to use a case-length gauge, the primer needs to be removed; hence the question.

I could pour water into the cases and let it sit for a day or two, but tried that with some other brass and even then, the primer had a little bit of spunk left in it. What else besides water will neutralize the primer without attaching itself to the inside of the brass?
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You got my curiosity up so I went searching for a solution, and it appears that with precautions live primers can be de-capped without incident for the most part at least.

Decapping Live Primers

Decapping live primers?

How do you decap live primers
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Thanks for the links. GoSlow seems to be the trick. I'll let you know how it went.
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If your shooting them in a bolt action you don't necessarily need to full length size them.Just neck size them and check the case length and trim if needed. When you fire them they will conform to your chamber
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Originally Posted by Thalasso View Post
If your shooting them in a bolt action you don't necessarily need to full length size them.Just neck size them and check the case length and trim if needed. When you fire them they will conform to your chamber
They are from a yard sale.


Bama, I have removed "live" primers on several occasions..... still got all my fingers too You can do it just go SLOW and they will push right out. I would wear safety glasses and welding / heavy gloves while doing them , not that I don't anyway
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Ive removed live primers before also, just using the decapping die... Never a problem... I also shot just the primers out of my gun, and did it get filthy..... you cannot do this since they do not fit, but just saying, the dirt they left behind was unreal...
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The link that Bamby supplied is what I followed. in a nutshell, just use the de-capping pin/die and....go...slow.

As I think about it, any primer ignition would force the primer out of the case, so there wouldn't be any fear of a contained explosion.

As it happened, all primers got extracted without incident. The brass was then full-length sized and case gauge sized...and though it fits in the rifle now, the bolt is still scoring the heads. I'm going to load up 4 of them and fire them; hoping that the brass will conform to the new rifle.

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