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StevenTing

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Pre-Primed Brass
« on: January 17, 2012, 04:46:29 PM »
As I was setting up my new press over the weekend, the instruction manual said to make sure to remove the de-capping pin if you're using pre-primed brass.  They said that sometimes it's cheaper to buy new brass already primed versus putting in your own primers.

I want to know where you could find already primed brass for less than the cost of primers, or less than the cost of new brass.  It has me wondering.
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Re: Pre-Primed Brass
« Reply #1 on: January 17, 2012, 04:51:08 PM »
http://www.grafs.com/retail/catalog/search/keywords/primed

You'll have to do the math to see if get brass pre-primed is actually any cheaper then getting brass and primers à la carte.
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Re: Pre-Primed Brass
« Reply #2 on: January 17, 2012, 04:59:33 PM »
Primed cased are certainly cheaper than having 500 or 1000 primers shipped.

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Re: Pre-Primed Brass
« Reply #3 on: January 17, 2012, 09:43:17 PM »
Now, this isn't quite apples and oranges...the primed brass is once fired, the unprimed is new, but...

Primed .223 brass, 1000 pcs - $163.99 (Once fired, factory reconditioned)

Unprimed new .223 brass, 1000 pcs - $180
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Re: Pre-Primed Brass
« Reply #4 on: January 17, 2012, 10:19:00 PM »
Steve, just my opinion here but-

Pre-primed is for practice ammo only in my book.  In most cases, you don't know who's primers they used, nor how they were shipped or stored before you bought them.  Most likely, you'll be fine in 9,999 out of 10,000 rounds.   But that 1 bothers me.  And different primers do make a noticeable difference over the chrono, and on the target, if you are even half serious about it.


I've loaded hundreds of thousands of rounds in my time as a handloader/reloader.  I have had exactly 1 failure in the gun.  This due to a primer short it's compound that I missed in a batch of 44 magnum. The cup was obviously there, as was the anvil, just no priming compound.  Since then, all of my serious use ammo is home rolled.  Too many times I've had off the shelf ammo exhibit loose slugs, smashed case mouths, and either sideways or upside down primers.  If I load a round like that(things do happen), it's scrapped right out of the gate.  Not missed on a QC check and shipped to a customer anyway.

Not saying it's a bad idea.  If you can get pre-primed for the same cost as cases+primers, it's worth it for practice ammo.  Even at a small premium, I still might.  Just do the math-  I can prime X number of cases per hour given primers plus cases cost= Y or I can buy primed cases for Z.  What's my time worth?  That's a totally personal call.
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