A friend gave me a grocery bag full of old 16-gauge hulls, some Winchester CF but mostly Remington with plastic tubes and fiber base wads. I have a couple dozen CCI 157 primers, but obviously not enough. Is it possible to force a 209 primer into these?
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As others have posted, don't do it. Use only 57, 157, or other same size primers (look for 57 somewhere in the size code).
Be advised. All of these obsolete hulls are now at least 30 years old and usually don't come w/ a history of how they've been cared for or how many times they've already been used. None of these obsolete hulls were never designed to be reloaded. Back in the day before hulls designed to be reloaded existed, folks pressed these old hulls into service out of necessity.
Compressed fiber base wads have always been subject to rapid deterioration. Reloading any hulls with them more than a few times has always been a very bad idea. Reloading any which might have gotten wet is an even worse one. Wet fiber base wads expand, and immediately start falling apart (think wet fiberboard). They shrink as they dry and end up in pieces or loose in the hull. The end result is always a ruined hull that's way too risky to reload.
Always (and I mean always) carefully examine all obsolete Remington hulls w/ compressed fiber base wads for signs of having been exposed to moisture or having been reloaded a few times or more. Worn and/or dirty hull mouths are signs the hulls have already been used up. Corroded rims, rusty spent primers, loose fiber particles, spongy or loose base wads, and/or mold are evidence that the hulls have gotten wet or have been exposed to too much humidity or moisture. Even if any of these old hulls look okay on the outside, always use a wooden dowel to feel how firm and resistant the base wads are.
Toss any questionable obsolete hulls and don't gamble on a ruined gun. Not worth the few pennies you might save by using questionable salvaged hulls.
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