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Primer shelf life?

Hey guys, what are your opinions on primer shelf life for reloading? I have several hundred primers that are probably 15 yrs or more old. They have always been kept in original packaging and have been stored in a cool dry place. They have never been opened or handled. Do you think would still be ok to load with or should i just discard them? Thanks!

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Re: Primer shelf life?

Use them. They will be fine. I occasionaly use some old Herter's small pistol primers from the 60's when I load plinking ammo. They are fine.
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Yes use them
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My Father bought a sporterized '03 Springfield back in the 1960's. With the gun came a bunch of 30-06 cases with a '42 Headstamp on them. They were military brass, sized for that guns chamber and they were primed. I have no idea how long they were primed before he got them but it was at least 30+ years since he got them at the time I started to tinker with them. We were leery of using them to say the least but I had to at least fire them off to use the brass. I took 3 primed cartridges randomly out of each box and fired them (no powder or bullet). All went off. I then loaded light charges with 150gr bullets and all went off. I slowly worked up a load that was accurate in that rifle, it was not top of the charts full boogie, but a 2800fps load none the less. Those were done 10-12years ago and he still is firing them off. If stored properly primers will not go bad.

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I agree if primers were kept cool and dry fire em up!

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If stored properly, they should ignite. But, they may have lost some potency. Shoot them over a chronograph, as well as some with fresh primers, and you might see a difference.

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Thats an interesting point that I didn't think of. Thanks for all the input guys!

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I'm usein primer's now that are at least 15 maybe 20 yrs. old....later
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Re: Primer shelf life?

I got a batch of Remington rifle primers marked 1956 on the box. They're in the neat old wood boxes inside a cardboard sleeve. I've loaded up 200 of them and have had no ignition or accuracy problems. Also no problems with the chronograph either.
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