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Old March 3, 2007, 11:18 PM   #1
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Anyone else have occasional misfiring problems with Magtech ammo?

A week ago I was shooting my Official Police with above said ammo brand and one out of ever 15-30 shots out of a box of 50 seems to misfire. The firing pin isn't able to dent the primer enough to discharge the cartridge. At first I thought this was a problem with the gun, BUT it did on my Detective Special gun of the same caliber which was set to factory specifications earlier this evening.

Anyone else have problems with Magtech. Is the brass on their primers a little too strong in some cases?
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Old March 4, 2007, 12:14 AM   #2
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Old March 4, 2007, 12:24 AM   #3
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I had 1 problem with magtech ammo in my Beretta 92FS, but I've shot thousands of rounds and never had problems. The round that didn't fire showed light strikes on the primer, but would just never go off.
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Old March 4, 2007, 07:57 AM   #4
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Im using a case of their primers right now and have experienced some misfires with rounds I've loaded with them. I can't really tell if its a case of hard primers or light strikes, though.
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Old March 4, 2007, 10:24 AM   #5
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Never had a problem. I find it to be much better than Winchester white box.
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Old March 4, 2007, 11:09 AM   #6
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I have had problems with Magtech ammo misfiring. I've even sent some back to them and recieved replacement boxes. Interestingly only in revolver calibers, I shoot 45 ACP all day with no problems but the 357 and 38's misfired three or four times a box. I tried them in an SP101 and Det Special and a S&W 627 and had problems.
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Old March 4, 2007, 12:15 PM   #7
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Only shot it in .45ACP, no problems with it.
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Old March 5, 2007, 08:21 AM   #8
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Not yet. I have shot this brand through my CZ83, CZ75B , P95 and Para-Tac 4 with out problems. Monarch is the brand (Academy Sporting Goods) you need to watch our for IMHO.
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Old March 5, 2007, 06:18 PM   #9
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I do not shoot a lot of it, but I have never had a problem with it.

I usually wind up with Remmington.
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Old March 6, 2007, 06:55 AM   #10
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The indoor range that I shoot at in the winter requires that we purchase the ammo from them and they sell magtech. I have put about 300 .40S&W and 150 .45ACP without a single problem. Seems to be pretty aconsistent product. Tony.
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Old April 6, 2007, 09:01 AM   #11
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I know this thread is old, but I had to respond. Went shooting wednesday and shot 50rnds of Georgia Arms LSWC 38spl with no problems. Shot 1 box of Magtech 38spl LRN and had about 5 misfires. Good dimples, no fire. Sent some around for a second hit and they went off. I don't know if my gun is picky or not, but in my mind if it dimples the same as the ones that fired, it should have gone off. The guy at the range said they had also been seeing some bad batches of this stuff as well, so "Heads-up"
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Old April 6, 2007, 01:10 PM   #12
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I regularly have problems with .357 and .38 special Magtec target ammo with my 686+ 4 inch. I have had no problems with other types of ammo. The pin dents the primer, but no bang. Some fellas were shooting a 686 6 inch next to me one day and had the same problems with the Magtec .357 ammo they were using. I get about 3-5 duds per box, thus I quit using it. I use American Eagle with no complaints.

I thought it was the gun, but after seeing others have the same problem with the same ammo, I know it's the primer. BTW my 686+ was bought new in August and has just under 2000 rounds through it--mostly .38 special ammo.

Hope this helps.


P.S. I've had no problems with Magtec 9mm ammo in my M&P9 Full size.
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Old April 6, 2007, 02:13 PM   #13
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Not Really Primer Problems

I also had primer "problems" with my 686. Turned out that my main spring needed to be tightened up. See of that solves the problem for you. My 686 was also essentially new at the time. I suspect that S&W is not firmly seating these springs at the factory and they start loosening up with use.

BTW, I think that Magtech primers are "harder" than most others, which makes light primer strikes more apparent.
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Old April 6, 2007, 02:48 PM   #14
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I've had trouble with 38 and 357. Never had a problem with 9, 45, 44, 30carbine or 40. It's only been a problem in DA. Every round went off with a second hit in SA. Has happened in my 586, 686 and 605. I'll say, at least for me, it is not a pistol problem. MagTech primers just seem to be on the hard side in the 38/357 loads.
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Sorry can't say I've had any problems with it, 150 rounds of it all worked in my S&W 5906.
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Old April 6, 2007, 05:04 PM   #16
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I've not had problems with the 9mm either, just the 38rln.
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