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    Removing live primers

    Hi GOC people,

    I couldn't find anything on removing live primers in the database. So here is my Q.

    What is the best way (and safest) to remove live primers? I'm scared to use my resizing Lee die because of what may happen, possible ignition. Should I just shoot off the empty cartridge in the bush?
    I have 8 primers that I have to remove.

    regards, Mark

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    I just pop my head out the front door, point the rifle at the ground, and pull the trigger.

    I heard putting a few drops of oil/another chemical/water? in the cartridge will inert the primer compounds so you could use the press to remove them afterwards, but that seemed risky to me.

    I have a few primed cases I need to do the same too. It happens.
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    Just use your die. They won't go off. I've done it with tons of them over the years. Use a slow even pressure...not a "slam them out as fast as you can" kind of pressure. I've even reused some for plinking rounds when reliability didn't matter. That said, I never had a "reuse primer" fail to go off from what I can remember.
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    I have used my Lee depriming die being very careful, doing it slowly, turning my face away from the press and wearing good eye protection. If you use oil to inert the primer you must be sure to thoroughly clean the cartridge to get ALL the oil residue out.

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    Like blacksmithden says, your sizing die will pop 'em right out with no fuss. The key is a slow, gentle, push.
    Oil isn't a reliable way of killing a primer. Neither is any other liquid.

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    Good One! I'll next reply, thx.

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    Thank you, maybe try one after a few brews. lol

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    Yes, eye & hearing protection is always good.

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    I removed primers that flipped while loading. With my decapping die and going easy. I never had one go off yet.
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    Just rid 8 this morning, Lee die, turn my head just incase.

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