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Thread: Shelf life of primers?

  1. #41
    Boolit Grand Master
    Join Date
    Aug 2005
    South Jersey
    Primers will last longer than your life time

  2. #42
    Boolit Master
    Join Date
    Feb 2007
    South Western NC
    Quote Originally Posted by John Boy View Post
    Primers will last longer than your life time
    Truly said. And they don't need any special care between hot and cold to do it. Any heat or cold that man can survive in won't hurt them nor will humidity do much. Infact, a friend once had a "flood" in his basement loading room and his primer stash got submerged. He took the trays out of the covers and let them set in his (dry) house for a few weeks. They dried of course and they worked fine afterwards.

    I still have a few boxes of WW 2 surplus small pistol caps that are now some 75+ years old; they work the same as new ones. And I have some 1920's .30-30 ammo that shoots quite well.

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Abbreviations used in Reloading

BP Bronze Point IMR Improved Military Rifle PTD Pointed
BR Bench Rest M Magnum RN Round Nose
BT Boat Tail PL Power-Lokt SP Soft Point
C Compressed Charge PR Primer SPCL Soft Point "Core-Lokt"
HP Hollow Point PSPCL Pointed Soft Point "Core Lokt" C.O.L. Cartridge Overall Length
PSP Pointed Soft Point Spz Spitzer Point SBT Spitzer Boat Tail
LRN Lead Round Nose LWC Lead Wad Cutter LSWC Lead Semi Wad Cutter
GC Gas Check