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Thread: What do you do with old primers?

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    What do you do with old primers?

    I just empty my little tube of old primers into a bag every so often and I'm slowly amassing them. Does anyone do anything interesting with them?
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    I cash them in with all my scrap brass.
    Well not really cashing in but trading for Linotype at the scrap yard.

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    I am saving mine for the zombie apocalypse. To shoot out of my shotgun.

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    Quote Originally Posted by 45workhorse View Post
    I am saving mine for the zombie apocalypse. To shoot out of my shotgun.
    In the zombie apocalypse, aren't we supposed to shoot dimes and pennies out of our shotguns?
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    They can be reloaded.

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    I turn them in to the scrap yard when buying lead. Surprising how much they knock off the total price of the lead.

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    I throw mine in the trash!

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    they go right in the scrap brass bucket.

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    Just accumulating for now. Later, yes they can be reloaded. They also work for airgun plinking ammo, or shotgun.

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    Quote Originally Posted by smithnframe View Post
    I throw mine in the trash!
    Same here I have enough jars and cans of stuff sitting around I done need any more
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    I'm another that saves them to sell with my scrap.

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    Quote Originally Posted by GhostHawk View Post
    Just accumulating for now. Later, yes they can be reloaded. They also work for airgun plinking ammo, or shotgun.
    Tell me about the air gun part. Caliber?
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    Sell them with scrap brass.

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    Way back before I retired I tried to sell or trade with the local metal recycling business. They did not want the spent primers. Just thirty months ago the scrap people in Ft Meyers, Fla, did’nt want them. Now I just put them in the trash. Maybe I should bury them. Wait, that is what the county trash people do.
    As far as trash is concerned, we are our own worst enemy. Does China have trash dumps? No, they use any and all scraps and trash in their manufacturing process and sell it to the USA. Don’t mind me, I’m just an old guy on a rant.
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    Quote Originally Posted by Traffer View Post
    They can be reloaded.
    Interesting...
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    Quote Originally Posted by Follow Me View Post
    Way back before I retired I tried to sell or trade with the local metal recycling business. They did not want the spent primers. Just thirty months ago the scrap people in Ft Meyers, Fla, did’nt want them. Now I just put them in the trash. Maybe I should bury them. Wait, that is what the county trash people do.
    As far as trash is concerned, we are our own worst enemy. Does China have trash dumps? No, they use any and all scraps and trash in their manufacturing process and sell it to the USA. Don’t mind me, I’m just an old guy on a rant.
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    Some of the places here don't want cartridge brass either. I have to call around to find one that will.

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    Quote Originally Posted by mdi View Post
    Interesting...
    If the OP means "old" but still primed primers, then reloading would be appropriate.

    If, on the other hand, he meant SPENT old primers, then no. Can't reload those. I do not believe the responder had spent primers in mind.

    Some question interpretation has begun among responders.
    If it was easy, anybody could do it.

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    There is a topic about reloading old used Center Fire primers, just recently posted here at this link:
    http://castboolits.gunloads.com/show...Reload-primers

    As far as the OP question about what do I do with them, currently I have been saving them up for a trip to the salvage yard to turn them in, but after reading the topic shared above, I may try do re-prime some of them & try them out just for research purposes.
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    Quote Originally Posted by Land Owner View Post
    If the OP means "old" but still primed primers, then reloading would be appropriate.

    If, on the other hand, he meant SPENT old primers, then no. Can't reload those. I do not believe the responder had spent primers in mind.

    Some question interpretation has begun among responders.
    Agreed, more clarification is needed.

    Old UNSHOT primers get tested (1 per batch) then used

    spent/shot primers I haven't made up my mind so they keep getting put in a larger container.

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    Way back when I played with reloading spent primers. In a SHTF situation, maybe, and that's a really stretched maybe. But I keep 6K-7K primers on hand for any more "shortages".

    I read the OP as old, aka spent primers; .
    ..my little tube of old primers...
    as most of the other readers did...
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