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Offline Questor

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« on: May 20, 2003, 11:12:29 am »
Are handgun and rifle primers all brass, with maybe a little plating on it? I'd like to recycle them, but I don't know what they're made of. I use mostly Winchester WLP

Likewise with shotshell primers. How does one go about recycling these relatively compex pieces of metal?  The ones I use are Winchester 209.
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« Reply #1 on: May 20, 2003, 02:15:40 pm »
Questor,

Good question!!!  I have several quart jars filled with spent primers of all types!  I have put them into the old canning jars that have the nice blue tint to the glass.  I then put lids on them and I am presently using them as bookends to hold all of my reloading manuals on the shelves next to my reloading bench.  They kind of fit the decour (sp) of the reloading area.  Each quart jar weighs approximately 10 pounds when filled.  When someone stops and asks me how much ammo I reload--I point to the quart jars full of spent primers...Anybody what to guess how many primers are in each jar??? Good-luck with your venture to recycle them critters!!!BCB

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« Reply #2 on: May 20, 2003, 04:01:40 pm »
Way back in shop class I did just this .  Melted down the SPENT priners and cast a small connon ( .45 ).  It looked just like brass,  got an A on the project ( teacher was into guns and such )

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« Reply #3 on: May 20, 2003, 05:16:14 pm »
Questor
I've recycled them as brass.
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« Reply #4 on: May 21, 2003, 04:35:11 pm »
I've been throwing them away for 25 years. I will start saving them for recycle. GOOD SUGGESTION!
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« Reply #5 on: May 22, 2003, 05:42:34 pm »
I save mine in jars when i get 4 jars full i then put them into my shooting bags.They are liter than sand and dont leak.Before i put them in the bags i put them in socks and wash them.
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« Reply #6 on: May 23, 2003, 07:53:18 am »
Wah, you guys really shoot alot.  I cant imagine shooting so much that yoy fill up quart jars with spent primers!  I gotta get shooting . . . I am obviously much less committed than I thought. :eek:
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« Reply #7 on: May 23, 2003, 08:15:21 am »
Longwinters:

I don't think it's a matter of committment, it's a matter of what tickles your fancy. I shoot pistols in bullseye shooting. I go through a couple of thousand rounds a year in 45ACP.  I think I've paid about $40 for used range brass. $75 for 2,000 swaged bullets, $34 for 2,000 primers, and about $22 for a pound and a half of powder that's needed for the loads. Compare that to the cost of reloading bottleneck cartridges with large powder charges and jacketed bullets. Big difference.
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love the idea about sandbags
« Reply #8 on: May 28, 2003, 08:56:55 am »
wish I had thought of that one!!!!!!
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