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Old May 10, 2005, 08:58 PM   #1
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hardest large pistol primer??

I’m looking for the hardest large pistol primer for reloading. CCI – Winchester – Federal-Remington are the usual suspects that come to mind for available primers.

I purchased a Taurus snubby and tried it out with 2 brands of Cowboy ammo to get some light recoil practice with it. With both the brands I got 4 of the 5 rounds per cylinder to go bang when shooting double action. After cleaning – lubing the problem is still with me. I next polished the hammer on one side where I saw drag marks & tried again. I reloaded 25 of the empty cases with a test load. It worked perfectly! All 25 went bang.

Then I remembered I was using Federal primers for the loads. I know Federal is the most sensitive primer for large pistol so perhaps I really didn’t cure the gun problem – I just found a work around. For a defense pistol I want better reliability with all ammo. In order to test my pistolsmithing I’m looking for the HARDEST large pistol primer so I can tell when the pistol is really reliable.

After I get the pistol 100% with reloads then I will switch to factory loads for defense testing. For those that say just send the gun to Taurus – a search concerning Taurus repair makes me think I will enrich UPS for 1 or more 6 week / 6 month service trips and still not fix a marginal problem like this.
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Old May 10, 2005, 09:48 PM   #2
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Old May 10, 2005, 09:56 PM   #3
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+2 Cci
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Old May 10, 2005, 11:35 PM   #4
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CCI has the least sensitive primers, if your pistol will reliably fire CCI's they should work with anything!

I have a customized PPC revolver, it will only work with Federal primers, the most sensitive primers, all the springs have been lightened to yield the best possible double action trigger.
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Old May 11, 2005, 12:37 AM   #5
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Thank you for your input about CCI. From reading other topics that was what I was thinking but it is good to have an idea confirmed. Tomorrow I will find some CCI primers and start testing.

From what I have read on various posts about Taurus revolvers this is a common problem (lite primer strikes). I am surprised that when checking Wolff gun springs site they only show REDUCED springs for the Taurus large frame. You would think they might research what is needed before they offer a product.
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Old May 12, 2005, 12:21 AM   #6
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As far as primers CCI for sure.

As far as taurus I've got a post in the revolver forum about the warranty. At least my experience was fast, and no sweat.

Was there a single action double action difference in ignition ?

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