The Firing Line Forums

Go Back   The Firing Line Forums > The Skunkworks > Handloading, Reloading, and Bullet Casting

Thread Tools Search this Thread
Old January 19, 2013, 05:05 PM   #1
Senior Member
Join Date: March 5, 2011
Location: NC
Posts: 252
Variations in primers

So far, I've been loading CCI small pistol primers in my Lee Safety prime, on the press. Never had any problem.

The only primers I found at the last gun show were Winchester or Federal. I had heard of too many problems with the Federal primers, so I bought the Winchesters.

They don't slide down the chute quite as smoothly as the CCI's did. This is the first time I've had primers seat sideways or upside down.

Anyone else noticed that the Winchester primers appear to be just a tad thicker than the CCI's?
leadchucker is offline  
Old January 19, 2013, 05:53 PM   #2
Misssissippi Dave
Senior Member
Join Date: December 5, 2009
Posts: 1,411
I don't have a Lee press. I have never had any problems with Winchester primers that I can remember. I prefer them over all others with my press.
Misssissippi Dave is offline  
Old January 19, 2013, 11:54 PM   #3
Senior Member
Join Date: January 25, 2009
Location: Liberty Twp, OH
Posts: 281
I do not recall any issues with using Win or Rem vs CCI. I do use mostly small CCIs. The Lee Safety primer on the press (single or turret) should give you plenty of opportunity to see if the primer is oriented correctly prior to seating it the wrong way. Any off chance you are using the wrong size primer pan (black vs white)? IIRC white is for large primers, black Safety Prime is for small.
j357 is offline  
Old January 20, 2013, 01:31 AM   #4
Senior Member
Join Date: July 28, 2007
Location: Central Ohio
Posts: 10,980
Winchester primers these days are of the brass color. They used to be nickel plated like the CCI primers are. That plating makes a big difference in how well they slide, especially in Lee plastic chutes.
Attention Brass rats and other reloaders: I really need .327 Federal Magnum brass, no lot size too small. Tell me what caliber you need and I'll see what I have to swap. PM me and we'll discuss.
Sevens is offline  
Old January 20, 2013, 08:44 AM   #5
Senior Member
Join Date: January 22, 2005
Location: Kentucky
Posts: 2,430
Regarding your feed problems, I'd call Lee and see what they have to say. I do know that my Dillon 550B presses will not feed CCI's reliably, but have no problem with Winchesters...if anything, I'd say that the CCI's have a slightly larger diameter then Winchesters, tho I've never checked them with a Mic. You might try cleaning your primer feed tube or feed assembly...they do tend to accumulate primer dust, which is also a NS fire hazard.

As to reliability, I've used Winchester primers almost exclusively for over 30 years in all sizes with no problems....everything from .22 Hornet to .45-70. I've had no problems even with 100 yr+ old Winchester lever guns in .44-40 and .38-40, with their relatively light hammer blows. In the handgun calibers, I've used them with tip-up S&W's in .32 S&W, and several Colts of 1900 vintage, again with no problems.

HTH's, Rod
Cherish our flag, honor it, defend what it stands for or get the hell out. Our Freedoms are not free, they've been paid for many times over by heros in uniform. Far better men than I, died that we could be FREE.

USAF FAC, 5th Spl Forces, An Loc, lll Corps, RVN, 69-70, Vietnam Vet '69-'73

Last edited by rodfac; January 20, 2013 at 08:50 AM.
rodfac is offline  
Old January 25, 2013, 08:17 PM   #6
twice barrel
Join Date: November 11, 2009
Posts: 98
Over the years I've used Winchester, Remington, CCI and Federal primers and never saw any difference (on metallic cartridges) other than how they package them. I do remember years ago having some Winchester 209's that were so hard that my older double barrel's rounded firing pins wouldn't set them off where my 1100 would bust'm just fine.

And I prefer the primers packaged laying on their side in small square packages that my primer tray completely covers just for the ease of loading them into my primer feeder.
twice barrel is offline  

Thread Tools Search this Thread
Search this Thread:

Advanced Search

Posting Rules
You may not post new threads
You may not post replies
You may not post attachments
You may not edit your posts

BB code is On
Smilies are On
[IMG] code is On
HTML code is Off

Forum Jump

All times are GMT -5. The time now is 08:10 PM.

Powered by vBulletin® Version 3.8.7
Copyright ©2000 - 2017, vBulletin Solutions, Inc.
This site and contents, including all posts, Copyright © 1998-2016 S.W.A.T. Magazine
Copyright Complaints: Please direct DMCA Takedown Notices to the registered agent:
Contact Us
Page generated in 0.12283 seconds with 7 queries