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Old February 4th, 2017, 01:07 PM   #16
 
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From that thread . . .

"What happened was I forgot to put the primer tube inside the main tube so I can only assume a primer came out cockeye and got smashed when I went to press it in."

This is the crux of the matter, but I cannot figure out exactly what it means. I'm not intimately familiar with the setup. Did he somehow not have the outer tube in place?



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Old February 5th, 2017, 09:30 AM   #17
 
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From that thread . . .

"What happened was I forgot to put the primer tube inside the main tube so I can only assume a primer came out cockeye and got smashed when I went to press it in."

This is the crux of the matter, but I cannot figure out exactly what it means. I'm not intimately familiar with the setup. Did he somehow not have the outer tube in place?
The blast tube on a Dillon is secured in place with two screws, the screws align in such a way that if the blast tube is not in the correct position you can't reassemble it.

Now the inner tube, be it large or small, does have a notch on the end that has to mate up with a groove that is cut on the inside of the blast tube. Its just a matter of spinning the inner primer tube till it drops in place. Not having the inner primer tube not mated up with the blast tube may have caused the problem. No inner primer tube at all will definitely cause a serious problem.

At this point in time I think we are all just guessing as to what happened.
Me thinks a piece of this puzzle is missing.


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At this point in time I think we are all just guessing as to what happened.
Me thinks a piece of this puzzle is missing.

Very likely.

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Wow, that's pretty scary. Not sure I understand what he's saying caused it, other than he allowed himself to be distracted by the baby and then didn't take the time to review where he was before the distraction.

I'm still a newbie at reloading (5 months and two Dillon machines), and am still learning. I've loaded around 3,000 rounds so far, and thankfully have not had an accident. The worst thing that has happened to me is a couple primers got seated sideways in the pocket, but didn't explode.

Even though I have a progressive machine, and have the potential to load high volume, I still just load one round at a time and go very slow.

I'm glad the guy is OK!

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I have reloaded since the mid 70's with a single stage press - one operation at a time. I expand and seat primers in one operation, setting primers in the cup by hand. Occasionally one will get inverted or turned sideways (I have no idea how that happens) but they don't go off. I've extracted live inverted primers and none have ever gone off. But one day I had two primers that I was seating go bang within a minute of each. Since the mouths of the cases were inside the expanding die there was no chance of injury, but I have no idea what happened and it has never happened again. There is always a reason why things happen, but unless we can recreate the experience and observe the conditions it will remain a mystery.
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+1 Iowegan. Attention to detail is the biggest factor.
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I am old and slow but load over 2500 rounds of rifle and handgun ammo per year for 25 rifles and 4 hand guns.

I use a two cheap, under $20 Lee press mounted priming tools, one for large primers and one for small primers. These tools use common shell holders. Upon pulling a primer ready case from plastic tubs of various sizes holding 50 to 300 cases, I prime the case then place the case mouth down in a loading block(s) enabling me to inspect the entire bunch upon completion.

I like the simplicity, feel, safety and low cost of my method. Having my press mounted at an comfortable ergonomically correct height helps me achieve modest production goals.

Not being entirely perfect, upon screwing up a primer seat, I soak the primer & case in water over-night then pop the primer out with my Lee de-cap die. Wet primers don't go bang. The thought of a hundred(s) of primers contacting each other confined in a tube makes me wince. Should you have one of those hand held squeeze priming tools it should have a metal strip that blocks the seating primer from the bunch in the tray. Having seen the aftermath of explosions I don't want to go there.

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