Author Topic: Is this a no, no or just a little stupid?  (Read 860 times)


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Is this a no, no or just a little stupid?
« on: August 31, 2016, 06:58:43 AM »
I saw a video where folks were putting pistol primers on pellets. Don't get me wrong, I really don't think it's dangerous, just counter productive. I've been hand loading rifle and pistol ammo for years. I can't see how you can get a primer to detonate without hitting something extremely hard, like concrete...shooting at concrete doesn't sound too smart.

Also, even if you have a .25 cal pellet with a deep hollow point where the primer would fit really well, aren't these things going to be hopelessly inaccurate? They make pellets to the 10th of a grain and glueing in a primer has to throw it all There seems to be absolutely no fudge factor, like there is with larger, heavier, faster projectiles.

Perhaps the fact that I've got a great deal of experience in firearms makes me question the efficacy of certain practices.

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Re: Is this a no, no or just a little stupid?
« Reply #1 on: August 31, 2016, 07:43:52 AM »
There are lots of stupid people in the world, but even worse than modern primers, are those idiots making their own mercury fulminate. It isn't difficult to make, but does require some finesse as it is both poisonous and highly toxic. Once you make it, even a very small crystal dropped on the floor will explode rather noisily.

Speaking for myself, pellet guns can be made backyard friendly, but the noise created by the pellet striking a pellet trap isn't so quiet. So I just can't understand why the fascination to have a pellet explode on impact? Oh! Sorry! I forgot! Stupidity is the dumb ass reason.
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