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Press Longevity
« on: August 24, 2016, 08:04:32 am »
As some may know, I keep a trash can under my Hornady LnL to catch the primers.  Same can for 5 years.  I don't purport to be the most prolific of shooters or reloaders, but I think I do my share.

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This morning I decided it was time to empty the can not because it was full but because it was getting too heavy for the poor plastic trash can to be moved.




 I also decided to count the primers.  This will give me a good indication of how many rounds I've loaded on the press.   Now this isn't exact, because it overlooks the times I've loaded unprimed brass, but that's not that many.  Also there's a mixture of small and large, but if my samples are representative of the whole bucket then it'll be a close approximation.   Also my counting abilities might suffer but I just wanted an idea of how many I've loaded.

The contents weighed 33#s on my bathroom scale.

I scooped out a sample and weighed 8oz of primers, then counted them.  1,033/8oz.  My scoop contained a fair amount of the "dirt" so I think it's a fair reprentation.

Rounding down to 2,050/lb that's 67,650.  Given the inaccuracy of the bathroom scale let's say 65,000.

Yes, the LnL press occasionally has little problems, but don't they all?  And at 65,000 rounds all I want to replace is the plastic powder column.  I'm still on the first generation of all the springs.  (I have spares JIC.)   I'm sure other quality consumer presses, would probably rate about the same.



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Re: Press Longevity
« Reply #1 on: August 24, 2016, 09:35:50 am »
Alf, spot price for brass is $1.32/lb. so you have almost $44.00 in primers sitting there,Plus the 5 gallon pail next to it might make it worth taking it to the recycler.
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« Reply #2 on: August 24, 2016, 02:00:13 pm »
If you are willing to spend $214 for a scale that will give a count of items after a sample has been weighed, you might be interested in this.

It would also work for empty brass, loaded rounds...anything that you might need a count off..

http://www.uniquetek.com/site/696296/product/T1445

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Re: Press Longevity
« Reply #3 on: August 24, 2016, 03:55:56 pm »
Alf, spot price for brass is $1.32/lb. so you have almost $44.00 in primers sitting there,Plus the 5 gallon pail next to it might make it worth taking it to the recycler.

I checked with two recyclers and they won't take spent primers.   I need to double check with a local commercial reloader on that.

The bucket next to it is good brass that I don't want.  Odd calibers or things just out of tolerance or things like 9mm with overly tight crimped primer pockets.   I'm saving that to trade with the local brass company, "The Brass Exchange," for brass I do want.

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Re: Press Longevity
« Reply #4 on: August 24, 2016, 04:01:41 pm »
If you are willing to spend $214 for a scale that will give a count of items after a sample has been weighed, you might be interested in this.

My $20 kitchen scale does counts, but you still have to enter a sample count or weight per unit to start with.  With brass you can weigh 10 or so and figure that's a good average per round. With primers however, it's such a mixture of cups, anvils and residue.  So I'd still have to do a manual count to figure a good average #/oz.

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Re: Press Longevity
« Reply #5 on: August 25, 2016, 08:22:21 am »
I checked with two recyclers and they won't take spent primers.   I need to double check with a local commercial reloader on that.



Check around.  There are recyclers in most areas that will take spent primers and cases.  Most are afraid of a live primer, alone or in a case, that will explode in the heat.  But, our club found multiple recyclers who don't care and pay just as much.

One club I belong to has winter leagues for rifle and handgun.  Both are .22lr.  We recycle the cases, and it brings in enough to cover the cost of the targets for the leagues plus extras we sell.  Pretty good, and simple, fund raiser.  We would recycle the lead, for cash, but two club members who do more than you could get out of a paid employee clean the sand pit every year, and they get to keep the lead as "payment" for all they do.  They are very open about what they get, it is worth quite a bit, but it is cheap pay for what they do for the club.  By the way, they don't sell the lead - They make their own bullets for their SASS addiction.
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Re: Press Longevity
« Reply #6 on: August 25, 2016, 07:51:14 pm »
SH-h-h-h-h.



Driving home today it dawned on me how much I've spent on bullets over the last 5 years.  I hope Miss Kitty doesn't find out.


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Re: Press Longevity
« Reply #7 on: September 10, 2016, 10:38:12 am »
Aren't the primer anvils made from sheet steel?
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