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Old October 13, 2012, 07:36 PM   #1
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small pistol primer

Can anyone tell me which small pistol primer is easiest to ignite? Thank you.
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Old October 13, 2012, 08:12 PM   #2
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Well, I have heard federal, but I think the question is, why do you need an "easy" to ignite primer? If you are having light strikes, the solution is not a softer primer.....
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Old October 13, 2012, 08:54 PM   #3
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Federal is reportedly easiest among the big 3 brands (Federal, CCI, and Winchester). A lot of IPSC Production DA/SA shooters who have lightened their mainspring to the point where light strikes sometimes occur find that going to Federal is just one more aspect under their control that increases reliability, as does the use of an extended firing pin, and a slightly weaker firing pin spring.

But I agree with dacaur on this. Doing stuff to your gun that makes primer choice a factor for reliability is going too far in my opinion. If your unmodified gun is doing light strikes, then obviously it's time to address the root cause of the problem.
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Old October 13, 2012, 09:08 PM   #4
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Some of the revolver guys I shoot with in IDPA swear by the Federals. I lean toward the harder CCI and Tula or Wolf in my pistols.
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Old October 13, 2012, 10:55 PM   #5
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In my experience if a primer doesn’t ignite, it was because the primer was not fully or correctly seated. All the major manufactures Remington, Winchester, CCI, Federal, and Wolf make a reliable product.
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Old October 13, 2012, 11:08 PM   #6
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Well, I have heard federal, but I think the question is, why do you need an "easy" to ignite primer? If you are having light strikes, the solution is not a softer primer.....
No really, the question was, can anyone tell me which small pistol primer is easiest to ignite? Thank you.
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Old October 13, 2012, 11:10 PM   #7
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Can anyone tell me which small pistol primer is easiest to ignite? Thank you.
Without any preaching, it is Federal.
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Old October 14, 2012, 12:05 AM   #8
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I have tried 4 brands so far. Here they are in order.
Federal
Winchester
Remington
CCI
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Old October 14, 2012, 12:13 AM   #9
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Federal. Hands down.

I think it is important to balance that against why you want a light-strike primer. I shoot single-actions with 2-lb. triggers and light springs, so I need reliable ignition relative to that. But when I load for my standard-ammo 1911s I use Winchester.
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Old October 14, 2012, 09:53 AM   #10
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Thanks for the timely resonse gang, appreciate it.
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Old October 15, 2012, 07:54 AM   #11
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Definitely Federal. I have problems with light strikes in my modified Bullseye revolvers shooting DA if I don't use them. I also think Federal .22LR ammo is more likely to ignite in a light strike situation.
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