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Old September 22, 2022, 04:08 PM   #1
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Laughing at myself

Being of a more or less 'conservative' nature, I tend to hang onto things I 'might need someday' and that can be a good thing, or not so good. Anyway here is a funny story.

Years ago I squirreled away 1,000 once-fired LC (crimped, mixed years) cases and held on to them for 'someday'. Many are headstamped LC 85 and LC 88, so it is sort of vintage brass.

At this point my XC match brass is now all 8x fired and being retired to 'practice' status.

So I tumbled the old once-fired LC stash and started to resize/deprime, preparatory to cutting the crimps out, trimming, and neck expanding.

Problem is, some of them are so well crimped, and the old primers have been in place so long, that the decpping pin (Lee) is pushing the cap off the cup, leaving the cylindrical 'body' of the primer stuck in the primer pocket.

So far it is only a few and I'm fairly sure I can figure out how to get the stuck parts out, but if it turns out that more than maybe 10% are like that, it will be a kind of uh... female dog.

Anyway everybody needs a good laugh once in a while, along with the thought "glad its him, not me" so here is your amusing tale for the day.
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Old September 22, 2022, 05:27 PM   #2
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Maybe a little acetone on the primers to dissolve some of the lacquer sealer on the primer would help.
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Old September 22, 2022, 05:41 PM   #3
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1. I use a Lee Universal decapping die. It never has broken.
2. I have Viet Nam era brass (1968-1973 LC) that is fine, however mine was deprimed and primer pocket swaged before I got it. The 7.62 were MG fired and a pain to resize.Want some? Make me an offer for 1000.
3. I consider spent primers to be toxic waste and remove them promptly and wet tumble the brass (in Blue Fart Juice). That NASTY black water goes down my toilet.
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Old September 22, 2022, 05:56 PM   #4
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Thanks!
I did not break the Lee decapper, it is fine/intact. It tore the end off the primer cup leaving the wall stuck in the pocket.

Thanks on the 7.62 brass, but no thanks. Only .30 cal I have is my Garand and I have LC and HXP brass from when I bought CMP ammo for the Garand matches. And if I were smart I'd learn from this experience and go ahead and deprime them sooner rather than even later.

You are right, spent primers are toxic waste, but I can not flush the black wastewater because we are on a septic system and I do not think chemical toxins would be wise to add to the biological toxins already present.
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Old September 22, 2022, 06:04 PM   #5
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Re: Waste water. The FA blue juice contains citric acid and chelated the lead so it is bound, stable, and relatively non-toxic. Sewage systems are OK with it. I would not put it in a septic system, either.
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Old September 22, 2022, 07:04 PM   #6
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I have had that happen to me sometimes. The de-capping pin just punches through the primer. Seems I was able to soak one with Kroil and pry the piece of the primer out. Most of the time I just scrap the case.
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Old September 23, 2022, 09:33 AM   #7
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Known as "ringers" because of the ring shaped wall of the primer left behind, corrosion welded into the pocket. High speed commercial reloading machines have "ringer detectors" to reject a case with one before it jams up the repriming stage.

I have read of home remedies like easy outs, screws, taps, etc. but unless you are loading the .492 Bronto Blaster at $20 a pop, I would (Do) just scrap the surplus stuff.
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Old September 23, 2022, 09:27 PM   #8
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You can set the cases upright and put a few drops of penetrating oil in them and try again after they've sat a few days. See if that weakens the corrosion enough to let you push them out.
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