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Old October 8th, 2019, 03:39 PM   #1
 
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Went to the range today, and noticed that it of about 200 rounds 5 or 6 did not go off even the second time around. Very slight indentation in the primers that did not function. These are Winchester large pistol primers. Has anyone else had a problem with Winchester primers?



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Old October 8th, 2019, 04:18 PM   #2
 
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Funny you mention that and it being the Winchester brand. I started reloading last month and had one that didn’t go bang. Now that’s just one out of my first 100 I reloaded. I figured maybe it was something I had done wrong. And hadn’t had any more not work since.
Mine are the small pistol primer, but are the Winchester brand. ???

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I have never had an issue with Winchester primers. I haven't bought any recently. My stock is a year or two old.
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Never had an issue with Win LP or SP or SP Mag primers...

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My Win SPP all have gone bang. I stocked up several years ago and have had no issues.
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Winchesters are the only primers that ever gave me problems. CCI's work for me and only use Winchesters when nothing else is available.
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I’ve been using Whinny’s for over 30 years, not a single failure to date, go figure.
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I've had a few Winchester large pistol primers that required a second strike in my Alaskan to go off.
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I've had one Winchester primer take 3 strikes to set off in thousands of rounds of any kind. IIRC it was a WSR in a 300BO round. I think it was a batch within made after 2018. Did not keep track.
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I rarely use anything but Winchester primers and I've NEVER had a dud or a primer that required a second hit. Something tells me the hammer spring has been replaced with a reduced power spring or there is some other mechanical issue with the gun.
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No issues. They or CCI are my go-to primers, depending upon which happens to be on sale.

Winchester’s are reputed to be softer metal than CCIs, but I see no difference. I’d check the gun. Can you repeat the problem with a different firearm?
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I recently found some Winchester primers small rifle (I had, about 10 primers in the box) that are at least 30 years old, and reloaded 'em into a .223/5.56 and fired them here recently and they all grouped fairly well at 100 yards at a gong target. So I've never had any problem with Winchester primers.

Although I recently bought several sleeves of Federal small rifle, as well as large rifle, and small pistol, and large pistol primers and haven't had any problems at all, and many of my firearms have the reduced springs in them.
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No duds so far using all main brands & types thankfully!
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My vaquero is unmodified, straight from the factory. Has about 1000 + or minus rounds thru it. This is the first time I've experienced a problem with this gun. If it continues I will switch to CCI primers and see if I have a gun problem.
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My vaquero is unmodified, straight from the factory. Has about 1000 + or minus rounds thru it. This is the first time I've experienced a problem with this gun. If it continues I will switch to CCI primers and see if I have a gun problem.
After about 2k rounds and 20 years of use, my Taurus 85 would sometimes get a light strike when firing reloads DA. Never happened with my other guns or when I shot SA. 65 bucks later, I had a new firing pin spring and a deep cleaning by my gunsmith. No trouble since.
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