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 Post subject: Primer corrosion
PostPosted: Thu May 17, 2018 2:29 pm 
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Bought winchester 209 primers at garage sale and some of them look like they are coated with powdered sugar( corrosion). They fire should i be concerned? Will look in the future if under the same circumstance.




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 Post subject: Re: Primer corrosion
PostPosted: Thu May 17, 2018 5:48 pm 
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The only thing that would concern me is if they didn't fire. if they are firing, they are fine.

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 Post subject: Re: Primer corrosion
PostPosted: Thu May 17, 2018 6:15 pm 
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Shoot them for practice. If one fails to fire you aren't out a target

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 Post subject: Re: Primer corrosion
PostPosted: Thu May 17, 2018 8:48 pm 
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No failures yet but keeping a rod handy. Thank you


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 Post subject: Re: Primer corrosion
PostPosted: Fri May 18, 2018 11:29 pm 
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Two years ago I bought some very old Win 209 primers that looked the same as you described. I contacted the factory and was advised that primers have decades long shelf life and surface corrosion on the outer rim should not affect performance. I used them for practice. Every one performed satisfactorily.

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 Post subject: Re: Primer corrosion
PostPosted: Sat May 19, 2018 7:06 am 
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I have shot several thousands in that same condition and never had any issues. I actually found that the mild surface corrosion helped the primers seat firmly in otherwise well worn cases. LOL Store them properly now and they will be fine and I would shoot them without hesitation.




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