Any harm in leaving cases primed?

Any harm in leaving cases primed?

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    Any harm in leaving cases primed?

    For example, if I want to throw a batch of 50 together for a range session, is it ok to prime 100 (i.e., use a whole tray of primers) cases and leave the remaining 50 primed cases ready to charge?
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    I don't see why not, as long as they're not in a dusty dirty or wet room. I have a few hundred 9mm cases primed ready to go in dry jars.
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    Thanks saiga, that's what I would have guessed given that the containers aren't airtight anyway.
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    I have the droppseys so I use tupperware but yeah its ok

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    FYI primed cases there great for killing Spiders!

    If your afraid of spiders this totally makes sense!

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    I put them in plastic 1 quart container.

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    ...just make sure to size the cases BEFORE priming them, that was my noob reloading mistake. it was fun to discharge all those primers, like playing with a cap gun, but with my glock! but it was also a depressing waste and an embarassing thing to explain to my wife since she bought that batch of loading supplies....
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    Coming from reloading shotgun shells, (new to metallic cartridge reloading), this has been an interesting thread for me. The notion of putting shells in mason jars, or whatever never occurred to me.

    Of course 12 & 20 gauge hulls take up a lot more room, lol.

    FYI, its just fine to prime shotgun hulls, before loading, too. Same caveats as with metallic cartridge, keep dirt, dust, etc out of them. Cardboard boxes work fine.

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    Quote Originally Posted by AdoramaMike View Post
    I put them in plastic 1 quart container.
    Quote Originally Posted by StormRhydr View Post
    Coming from reloading shotgun shells, (new to metallic cartridge reloading), this has been an interesting thread for me. The notion of putting shells in mason jars, or whatever never occurred to me.

    Of course 12 & 20 gauge hulls take up a lot more room, lol.
    big ZipLock freezer bags with little packets of silica gel and your good to go for a fews years at least....
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    thats what I do, ( rifle) prep the cases ( the works cleaned sized, trimmed...........) I pre prime them place them in a sealed container in my loading bench awaiting charge and bullets. That way I can select the charge based on temp, distance and can even change bullet type and weight depending on the match I am going to. I have done this for several years and found no problem with it. As for my pistol brass, I just load as needed but I run all straight wall brass on my Dillion.

    In theory you could size after if you remove the decap pin but I would not recommend that procedure.
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    It's no problem at all. I typically prep my handgun cases in advance and prime them, then store them in plastic ammo boxes in the closet. When I get ready to reload, all I have to do is add powder, bullet, and crimp. Done.
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    I'm old school, maybe because I'm an old fart. I keep my primed cases in military ammo boxes. All of my reloading stuff is in military boxes. They stack, have a rubber seal, and you can put desiccant bags in the boxes if you desire.
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