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Old November 27, 2012, 12:36 AM   #1
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Really Good Win Primer

Was unloading the clothes washer into the dryer and heard a metallic sound in the washer (who hasn't washed some change) but found it was a Winchester large pistol primer, unfired. So, of course I had to try it, right? Went bang just like its supposed to! Wash, rinse, spin dry, fabric softener, and rinse and it still went bang. Way to go Winchester!
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Old November 27, 2012, 10:39 AM   #2
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Water will not kill a primer if you let them dry.
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Old November 27, 2012, 10:51 AM   #3
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Had an old fella tell me to NEVER, EVER use my fingers to pick up primers spilled on the reloading bench. After tiring of the tweezers, I broke the old man's rule a few years back. Still have not had one fail to go off becuase I touched it!

That primer going through the wash and still working is a good story, though! I wish the pay check I left in my shirt pocket farred as well!
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Old November 27, 2012, 12:36 PM   #4
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I would be FAR more worried about the potential effects of my wife finding primers in the washing machine - that would be dangerously explosive
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Old November 27, 2012, 12:58 PM   #5
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Sounds like your wife burns hot on a 2 pound trigger...
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Old November 27, 2012, 05:16 PM   #6
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When it fired did it smell like an ocean breeze?
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Old November 27, 2012, 05:18 PM   #7
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I'll bet you could hear the waves crashing...
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Old November 27, 2012, 05:29 PM   #8
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I have touched just about every primer I ever seated, because I use one of the old, pre-tray Lee hand priming tools. All I do is wash my hands before (and after) handling the primers. Not one has ever failed to go off. Mostly CCIs with some Winchesters and Federals Alcans.

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Old November 27, 2012, 07:27 PM   #9
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C'mon, a primer soaked for weeks in WD-40 still fires just fine. Do you really think a bit of oil from your skin is going to deaden it?

Today's primers are quite resistant to oils and moisture. But I am impressed the wash and rinse didn't affect it.
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