Reusing primers

Steve Johnson
by Steve Johnson

I had no idea you can sort of reuse primers. This video, by, explains how to “reload” your primers with the ignition compound found on matches. It is a slow process, not 100% reliable and the priming compound is corrosive.

Part 1

Part 2

Fascinating! Start hoarding your spent primers, you may be needing them.

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Steve Johnson
Steve Johnson

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  • Michael Michael on Mar 25, 2010

    Has anyone actually tested this method, and if so what rate of success can one expect? I am honestly leaning on the side of excessive considering how cumbersome the process is. I guess if it was absolutly necessary because we didn't think or prepare for the components becoming unavailable to us, than anything is better than nothing. But my best recomendation is to be sure and stock pile as many reloading components as possible while they are still being made available to us. I keep mine in air tight containers with an oxygen inhibitor so shelf life doesn't become a serious factor. I have numerous primers I purchased over 30 years ago that still ignite without failure, and I didn't store them with as much care as I do now.

  • CWR CWR on Sep 19, 2013

    What would be the cost per primer to reload? Even as a last resort, you still have to have matches. You might as well just buy more primers and stock up.