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Old January 15, 2013, 03:37 AM   #1
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De-priming advise

I have a dozen 223 cartridge cases, with live primers in them. I need advise on the safest way to de-prime them. I was thinking of just taking them out to the back yard and running them through my rifle. I don't know how much noise that is going to make. I don't want the neighbors calling the Sheriff and have to explain it all to them. Nearest neighbor is about 100 yards away.
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Old January 15, 2013, 03:39 AM   #2
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Why would you want to deprime them? Why not just load them and have some ammo to shoot??

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Old January 15, 2013, 03:57 AM   #3
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Yes, you can deprime live primers and even re-use them. But, BE CAREFUL!
Clear your surroundings of flammables, wear eye and ear protection, and perhaps wrap a towel around while you do it. I skipped the towel after the first couple were no problem.
I have done this with the Lee decapping die.
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Old January 15, 2013, 04:13 AM   #4
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(Why would you want to deprime them? Why not just load them and have some ammo to shoot??

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These 12 where among 50 shells that were given to me. Age and condition are unknown. The other 38 had no primers.
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Old January 15, 2013, 04:41 AM   #5
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Ok.. that makes sense. I would toss em as well if i didnt know what was in them. I thought you had a boat load of primed brass.

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Old January 15, 2013, 05:57 AM   #6
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Marco is correct. It is easy to do, just go slowly. I have deprimed hundreds of live primers without incident. Never wore ear protection.
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Old January 15, 2013, 06:54 PM   #7
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Run them through the die, just like a fired primer.
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Old January 16, 2013, 08:46 AM   #8
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if you are worried about setting them off accidentally ( & not planning on reusing them ) spray the inside of the case with WD-40, Kroil, or other penitrating oil, & let them soak for a a day & you should be fine...

or, you could single load them in a gun, & try firing them 1st, then decap as normal...
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Old January 16, 2013, 06:37 PM   #9
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If you are not trying to save them, you might as well shoot them. Will not have to worry then.
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