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    Safe disposal of unknown primers

    I have found a number of small pistol primers at the back of my cupboard. I don't know if they are rifle or pistol, what make or how old they are. What is the most certain way to make them safe for disposal?

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    I would give them a good soak in water. Then I'd throw them away once the priming compound is dissolved enough.
    Last edited by takbok; 18-05-2015 at 14:08. Reason: safer option

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    Put them in a tub of oil and let soak for a couple of weeks

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    Just flatten them with a nice, heavy hammer....

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    Quote Originally Posted by Pine Marten View Post
    Just flatten them with a nice, heavy hammer....
    Wearing earplugs

    Just dunk them in water. I recently primed 50 cartridges without realising the ammo case was slightly damp inside. Even that tiny amount of water screwed every single primer well & truly
    A Man should be wise, but never too wise. He who does not know his fate in advance is free of care

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    Quote Originally Posted by Wapinschaw View Post
    I have found a number of small pistol primers at the back of my cupboard. I don't know if they are rifle or pistol, what make or how old they are. What is the most certain way to make them safe for disposal?
    Just out of interest why weren't they in the original packaging?
    It's the calibre of the shooter that counts not the calibre of the rifle.

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    Quote Originally Posted by 8x57 View Post
    Just out of interest why weren't they in the original packaging?
    They will have been removed from the packing when I was priming cases. I find it difficult to extract individual primers from the type of tray they are packed in, and so my usual practice is to tip a tray of primers into a Sierra Bullets plastic flip top box that I keep for this purpose, along with the label from the sleeve of the primer tray to identify them. That way I can take as many or as few as I need for a reloading session. In this instance the label has been lost, that's why I don't know what they are.

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    There seems to be a consensus that soaking in oil or water will do the job, so they will be headed for a bath. Thanks for the suggestions.

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    Oil, I use engine oil but would imagine any oil would do.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Wapinschaw View Post
    There seems to be a consensus that soaking in oil or water will do the job, so they will be headed for a bath. Thanks for the suggestions.
    Don't fill the bath with oil. It's difficult to remove.

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