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    Interesting idea for primer storage

    So surfing the web looking for space saving tips for small reloading areas I came across one for primers. Storing them in pill bottles. Now I'm all for maximizing every square inch of space but this???? I'm not so sure.
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    I would say DO NOT DO IT? Primers are best stored in their original boxes. Loose primers in containers may detonate from impact, or in the case of plastic bottles shown, Static electricity. Primers can be dangerous if not stored properly. Keep primers stored in their original containers in a cool, dry cabinet away from any heat source and your stash of powder. This goes triple if you have black powder in your load room. Just my 2 pennies worth. Be safe and have fun.

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    Definitely a bad idea!!!

    They package them they way they do for a reason - SAFETY! Those are mini grenades if one went off.
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    - it was orginally packing containers were designed that way for a reason (and at much expense)
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    That's the worst possible way to store primers. Ask any primer manufacturer, and they will tell you straight out the only safe way to store primers is the original packaging they left the plant in.

    Priming compound is an actual explosive, unlike gunpowder. If one goes off in a bottle, they all go off, with tremendous force for their size.

    Hope this helps.

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    Apart from the safety issues, square packaging is a more efficient use of space.
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    What everyone else said...bad idea.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Bzcraig View Post
    Apart from the safety issues, square packaging is more more efficient use of space.
    Exactly what I was going to post. I don't see any batch numbers on the bottles either. If there's a recall you need that number.

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    Really b-a-d idea for a variety of reasons.
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    Well that picture only qualifies for less than a thousand words, THAT IS A REAL NO NO!

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    Good looking bombs you have!
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    Not even a good idea for used primers.
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    I'm hoping quickshot is unfamiliar with purple font.............
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    Not to hijack a thread but has anyone thought of a good second career for primer trays & sleeves? I always feel guilty throwing them in the recycle bins (trays in one bin, sleeves another) Guess you could use them for molds assuming the material you're casting doesn't bond to plastic or require heat.

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    Quote Originally Posted by mold maker View Post
    Not even a good idea for used primers.
    Why? All my spent primers are stored in a Gatorade bottle. When scrap prices are high enough I turn them in for cash. There is no harm in storing spent primers in this manner.

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    This is NOT how I store my primers. I'm not sure what the person who came up with this pic was thinking. This just struck me as so stupid that I had to share.
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    I think there was a guy that stored primers in Mason jars.

    He now go's by the name "Lefty", some people also refer to him as "One eyed Jack"

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    Quote Originally Posted by mold maker View Post
    Not even a good idea for used primers.
    Quote Originally Posted by dragon813gt View Post
    Why? All my spent primers are stored in a Gatorade bottle. When scrap prices are high enough I turn them in for cash. There is no harm in storing spent primers in this manner.
    I have to ask the same question: WHY NOT?

    I store mine in coffee cans. Not sure why I keep them since scrap dealers around here are difficult(understatement) to deal with.

    I guess it is just a rough indication of how many rounds I've reloaded.
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    That picture stood the hair on the back of my neck!

    Sorta like crawling up on a claymore mine that has been turned around in the wrong direction...
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    Maybe I should take a picture of my pill bottle storage. We generate a lot of empty pill bottles and the only thing I store in them is boolit sizing dies, which means a lot of pill bottles get thrown away.

    Works well since I don't have to clean the dies. Just slip them in the bottle and keep the goo enclosed.
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