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Are Large Primer Pocket Holes Safe?

Discussion in 'Ammunition & Reloading' started by SPU, Nov 12, 2011.

  1. SPU

    SPU Southwest Oregon Old Fart

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    New to reloading. I bought/picked up a good amount of range brass. I am depriming and cleaning the .38 special brass and While looking them over I noticed 7 cartridges (all UMC brass) have the correct small primer pocket, but the holes are almost as big as the primer pocket. Not all the UMC brass are like this, just the 7. Is it safe or should I just throw it in my scrap jar? TIA.
     
  2. Throckmorton

    Throckmorton Florence,Ore ah gone Well-Known Member

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    I'd toss them,some folks drill out cases to shoot wax bullets,and the wax bullet folks warn against using these cases after drilling.
     
  3. SPU

    SPU Southwest Oregon Old Fart

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    Thanks. Interesting you mention wax. I found a wax scum in my ultrasonic cleaner after cleaning this batch of brass. That explains that mystery. Why in the world would folks fire wax bullets?
     
  4. Gunner3456

    Gunner3456 Salem Well-Known Member

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    Because it's cheaper than lead and when you're finished you can make candles out of it, LOL. Heck, I don't know either.
     
  5. Abiqua

    Abiqua Oregon Active Member

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    You can mold wax or hot glue in bullet molds and then load them primer only, no powder, and shoot them in places you couldn't shoot regular cartridges. Like in the garage.
     
  6. Gunner3456

    Gunner3456 Salem Well-Known Member

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    How about I just step outside on my acreage and shoot real bullets, and save the glue for gluing and the wax for candles, LOL.
     
  7. Capn Jack

    Capn Jack Wet-Stern Washington Bronze Supporter Bronze Supporter

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    Sounds like a plan Gunner. :thumbup:
    Can I come along? Since the joggers started using the trail across the channel from me, I even had to put my pnumatic cannon away. :paranoid:

    Jack...:cool:
     
  8. Gunner3456

    Gunner3456 Salem Well-Known Member

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    Sure. I live on a hill with a couple of really good backstops - right into the hillside.
     
  9. Abiqua

    Abiqua Oregon Active Member

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    Yeah, I guess you missed the "and shoot them in places you couldn't shoot regular cartridges" part. Not everyone lives outside of city limits, and sometimes you might just want to try something different.
     
  10. cyclesurvival

    cyclesurvival Vancouver Well-Known Member

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    wax bullets work great on unwanted pest, really make squirls jump
     
  11. Capn Jack

    Capn Jack Wet-Stern Washington Bronze Supporter Bronze Supporter

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    Yup, caught h*ll from Mom when I killed a Mocking Bird with one out of my 45/70 Trapdoor.:paranoid:
    I used to use the ones the "Quick Draw" guys used in their .45 Colts. They worked great for back yard practice. When your 45/70 case necks would start to crack, just drill out the flash holes to 1/8th" and use primers and wax bullets (no powder).:thumbup:

    Jack...:cool: