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Thread: Spent Primers

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    Spent Primers

    For lack of a more appropriate place I put this here. Do you save your spent primers for recycling or trash them?

    I have about 10 lbs. ready to go to the recycler.
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    Anything brass goes in the recycle bucket. Primers are segregated by type for re-priming experiments.

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    My local recycler doesn't accept primers. I had to beg to get him to take cartridge brass

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    At the local recycler, fired primers bring a little less than half what fired cases bring. That means a trip with only fired primers is not particularly a good return, but taken along with other metals, it is better than just putting them in the trash. I suspect convenience and a buyer that will take them has more to do with it than the money.

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    I keep a few on hand, in case it comes down to reloading them. Otherwise, they go in the recycling bucket with the rest of the brass.
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    Nope, they get trashed.
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    Quote Originally Posted by TyGuy View Post
    Anything brass goes in the recycle bucket. Primers are segregated by type for re-priming experiments.
    There is a growing number in the ME TOO MOVEMENT developing their skill in "Reloading" primers.
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    I have over 20 pounds of spent primers and a 2.5 gallon bucket of scrap cartridge cases. I need to get motivated to take them to the scrap yard.
    Chuck

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    Guess I'm unusual here... I keep all mine, they are brass and just as viable melted as casings. I make all kind of things with the brass recovery

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    Quote Originally Posted by Lakehouse2012 View Post
    Guess I'm unusual here... I keep all mine, they are brass and just as viable melted as casings. I make all kind of things with the brass recovery

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    Ain't quite there yet, but headed that way, plus saving some for reloading if necessary.

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    There are people who would like to buy them here:
    https://mewe.com/join/primerreloading

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    They work as pellets in pellet gun

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    I keep mine, not sure what I'll do with them. They make good filler for shooting sandbags, a lot cheaper and not as heavy as bird shot.

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    I used some for tumbling media. Worked fine.

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    I learned how to "reload " them ...
    Forgot the primer shortage so soon ?
    My what short memories some have .
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    I shoot them out of my 22 cal air rifle.

    Live primers will actually go bang against a hard wall/surface! But the shrapnel is unpredictable. Live ones do work for chasing off unwanted animals, as long as they are in front of a brick wall. But with the price of primers these days, I do not so much of that.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Plate plinker View Post
    I used some for tumbling media. Worked fine.
    Interesting idea, I'd have never thought of that.

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    Save mine, take them to recycle when I get a big container of brass.

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    mine go in the junk
    I have enough bad habits saving spent primers isn't going to be another
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    yes saving and reloading them with H-48 homemade compound , they are as accurate as any factory primers

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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