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    Detonating Primers Problem

    Well, just in case the title of this post was misleading, I'm not having a problem with primers detonating - rather, I've got an increasingly large pile of squashed, dented or otherwise fubar-ed primers sitting around in my garage that I want to detonate.

    Unfortunately, until recently, the priming tool on my press was slightly (and increasingly) misaligned, so until I worked out the problem and bent it back into shape, I was squashing them in at random angles at a rate of about 1 for every 2 cases.

    My question is simple - if I hit them, whilst wearing appropriate safety specs, one at a time with a reasonably large and heavy hammer on an anvil or equivalent, am I likely to suffer any consequences other than a little ringing in my ears?

    I've read about dunking them in oil - about 50% of people say it doesn't work and nobody seems to be able to say what it is about the oil that's supposed to kill them, so I'm not going to rely on that. I could bury them, but that involves digging holes and seems a lot less fun.

    Note that I can't put these in cases and fire them in the rifle as they're the mangled ones I haven't been able to extract and re-use correctly.

    Anyone have any thoughts about whether this ideas is, if not entirely safe, then manageable / survivable?

    Thanks.

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    Funny that dunking them in oil won't work considering most of us go to great pains while loading to not contaminate them with body oils from our hands....

    Sounds like a test project for someone so inclined.

    I drop them in a small container of water and then bury them when I get around to it, Usually about once a year since I have very few damaged primers.

    SS

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    I chuck them on the bonfire at work. Seeing as 90% of the time there's a few hundred live blanks in there anyway, a few extra pops isn't noticed.
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    Quote Originally Posted by MARCBO View Post
    Funny that dunking them in oil won't work considering most of us go to great pains while loading to not contaminate them with body oils from our hands....

    Sounds like a test project for someone so inclined.

    I drop them in a small container of water and then bury them when I get around to it, Usually about once a year since I have very few damaged primers.

    SS
    Thanks for your reply.

    Regarding the oil thing - well - I've never personally tried, but for every story I read about dropping them in oil to kill them, I read another about "I dropped them in oil and they still went bang afterwards", so my overall impression is that even if it does work sometimes, it's not reliable.

    I'll wait to see if anyone else replies, but failing that I'll bury them.

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    Quote Originally Posted by The tramp View Post
    I chuck them on the bonfire at work. Seeing as 90% of the time there's a few hundred live blanks in there anyway, a few extra pops isn't noticed.
    Presumably you don't have any problems with little bits of primer zinging off in random directions? I'm not a fan of shrapnel...

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    Have your bonfire in an old oil drum - that'll stop schrapnel flying sideways at least - just dont look up!

    Have fun!

    Ian

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    Quote Originally Posted by Yorric View Post
    Have your bonfire in an old oil drum - that'll stop schrapnel flying sideways at least - just dont look up!

    Have fun!

    Ian
    Well - I guess we'll see how it goes. I do live in a residential neighbourhood, with overlooking neighbours, but hey - if I do it when they've all gone to bed, they won't see me....!

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    Quote Originally Posted by neutron619 View Post
    Presumably you don't have any problems with little bits of primer zinging off in random directions? I'm not a fan of shrapnel...
    Not really as it's done in a demolition pit in an artillery impact area where they blow stuff up all the time. A few primers going pop is nothing compared to a few 500lb bombs and other UXO being disposed of
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    Quote Originally Posted by The tramp View Post
    Not really as it's done in a demolition pit in an artillery impact area where they blow stuff up all the time. A few primers going pop is nothing compared to a few 500lb bombs and other UXO being disposed of
    Good point.

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    2nd that.
    I disposed of 6 old rimfire .22 that I found when tidying up.
    I just tossed them in with the burning cardboard and stood back. They went off like toy caps.

    Funny.
    This was supposed to be responding with quote to Yorric,post number 6.
    Last edited by BRYAN; 18-08-2014 at 16:17.

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