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Primer went "bang!"
« on: October 01, 2013, 08:09:46 pm »
Subtitled: This is why we wear safety glasses.

In all the decades I have reloaded shotgun shells, I never had a primer go off while reloading.

Here awhile back I started reloading .38spl on a borrowed, Dillon 300. Just a simple load with LRN bullets and Bullseye. Granted I have not reloaded of late, still over the weekend I decided to to so.

I de-primed, went to primer and when I went down, the primer went off. Trust me, this will make your blood pressure increase a wee bit...

Best I can figure, while I was in out of the hospital, some "critter" got into the primer "cup". Not sure because whatever that hard thing was, it was not recognizable.

I keep a clean  farmhouse, still while in and out, and back in again and out again of hospital, spider webs appeared, along with some other "bugs" and "critters".

Reloading area is in the large laundry room area if you will. Often times, since I do wear glasses, I will just slip on a pair of ANSI approved safety glasses , with side Shields that fit over my regular glasses. This day I was wearing one the pairs of safety glasses, ANSI approved to meet  the regs of where I work. Including fixed side shields.

And this is why we wear safety glasses when we reload.

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    Re: Primer went "bang!"
    « Reply #1 on: October 02, 2013, 12:10:11 am »
    Good advice.   :thumbup1   Thanks for the reminder.
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    Re: Primer went "bang!"
    « Reply #2 on: October 02, 2013, 10:22:03 am »
    I had a primer detonate in a 7.62x54R before and it about literally scared the crap out of me.  I believe that the primer pocket was a tad small but I was determined to get it in there  :facepalm which was my 2nd mistake.  Ever since that event I take a step back to see why a primer won't seat under normal pressure and I also now use a hand priming tool which gives me better feel.
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    Re: Primer went "bang!"
    « Reply #3 on: October 02, 2013, 12:12:01 pm »
    I've never had a primer pop on me during reloading, but your experience is a strong reminder about why I NOW have a separate set of those three side protection type safety glasses hanging from my loading press and from every machine tool in my little workshop.  I got a different type of "wake up call" a couple months ago when using an angle grinder without those safety glasses on.  I stupidly thought that my eyeglasses would be sufficient.  A tiny steel fragment came in from the side and hit my left eye just outside the cornea.  It had to be removed via outpatient surgery.   Scared me to death.  If it had been a couple millimeters more to center I may have lost my left eye vision.  Vision may be the most important of our senses.

    There are a lot of good brands of safety glasses out there.  The best I've found so far, and what I now use are the ones made by the Stihl chainsaw people.  They also provide UV protection for outdoor work.

    USE SAFETY GLASSES.
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    Re: Primer went "bang!"
    « Reply #4 on: October 02, 2013, 09:26:35 pm »
    Thanks for the input!

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    Re: Primer went "bang!"
    « Reply #5 on: October 03, 2013, 12:24:24 pm »
    I've never had a primer pop on me during reloading, but your experience is a strong reminder about why I NOW have a separate set of those three side protection type safety glasses hanging from my loading press and from every machine tool in my little workshop.  I got a different type of "wake up call" a couple months ago when using an angle grinder without those safety glasses on.  I stupidly thought that my eyeglasses would be sufficient.  A tiny steel fragment came in from the side and hit my left eye just outside the cornea.  It had to be removed via outpatient surgery.   Scared me to death.  If it had been a couple millimeters more to center I may have lost my left eye vision.  Vision may be the most important of our senses.

    There are a lot of good brands of safety glasses out there.  The best I've found so far, and what I now use are the ones made by the Stihl chainsaw people.  They also provide UV protection for outdoor work.

    USE SAFETY GLASSES.
    Had the same thing happen to me back in the day.  I was using a grinder on top of a scaffold on a piece of structural steel overhead.  Sweat was running in my eyes and I pushed the goggles up to take care of that problem.  My error was in not letting the wheel stop spinning before raising the goggles.  OOPS.  Steel splinter.   A trip to the ER and a physician with a rare earth magnet and a tube of ophthalmic antiseptic ointment was all it took for me but the point is well taken.  Safety glasses are a must.
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    Re: Primer went "bang!"
    « Reply #6 on: October 03, 2013, 11:41:08 pm »
    Don't forget the safety glasses when removing or installing springs. 
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    Re: Primer went "bang!"
    « Reply #7 on: October 04, 2013, 12:42:07 pm »
    Don't forget the safety glasses when removing or installing springs. 

    Once and only once have I installed springs for a garage opener. I do NOT plan on ever doing so  again.
    Thankfully it was colder than well-digger's butt and had on Wall's insulated jump, and had on safety glasses.

    Basically things went nut-zoid real fast. My safety glass though broken, saved my eyes. While I did receive injuries to lower abdomen, and upper thigh, I was not "cut".

    Related: I knew an old boy that was a clockmaker.    Not only a clock repairmen, a MAKER.  There is a difference.
    He always wore PPE (personal protective equipment), especially gloves and Safety glasses.
    Those big arse main springs will/can  do some serious damage!

    His biggest injury back in the day when he repaired/ MADE watches, especially pocket watches, was when , the mainspring of a pocket watch "gettin' a loose  and whomper-jawed.
    Eleven stitches from the tip of thumb to "pad".

    Ironically I have a similar scar.

    WE only get ONE set of everything, and some of what we are born with, can never be replaced, like eyes.

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