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Joe G.
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Posted: September 16 2007 at 5:54pm | IP Logged Quote Joe G.

This has probably been asked before, but I'll ask again anyway. For years I've used nothing but CCI primers in my handloads. One of my revolvers gives light primer hits - sometimes misfires. I tried increasing the pressure on the mainspring, and that did seem to solve the problem. But I just shoot better groups with this gun at the lower trigger weight. No surprise there. I've heard brand of primers aren't the same when it comes to hardness. Are CCI primers harder than say Remington, Federal or Winchester? I'm assuming they are because Remington and Winchester factory ammo goes "bang" everytime with the lower mainspring pressure.
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Posted: September 16 2007 at 6:24pm | IP Logged Quote Ham Gunner

I think I have read that Federal primers are softer than most. Perhaps others can give you more input.

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Posted: September 16 2007 at 7:26pm | IP Logged Quote Paul5388

Joe,

I think you'd be better off with the Win or Rem primers, since they work well for you in factory loads. I use some Win primers, but I really prefer Rem, if I don't use CCI.
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I can tell you for 100 percent for sure that Federal primers(standard) are the softest pistol primers. Ask any competition shooter that has a revolver with super-light springs and hammer. They have to shoot Federal and only Federal to make the thing shoot 100%.

I can't comment on the current batches of CCI's, but they used to be known as the hardest in rifle or pistol. The only misfires with reloads I've ever had were with CCI primers in one pistol and one shotgun.

While working in a gun shop, the only complaints I ever heard about a primer were always CCI's. I have not bought any CCI's in 15 years, so they may have changed(internet rumor says they are softer now).
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Our expirences have been CCI as the hardest. Winchester and Rem some where in the middle. Most of the guys stayed away from the Federals in IPSC auto's. Others said Federals went off to ez on a loading press mistake. I personaly have never had this happen. In your case I'd give the Feds a try.
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IMHO - CCI = "hardest", and Winchester = middle of the road. Federal is the "softest".

But hey - what do I know? Been loading since '81, and have used them all - so that's MY take - YMMV.

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Posted: September 17 2007 at 11:46am | IP Logged Quote Joe G.

Hey thanks for all the feedback guys. I'll try some Remington's and let you know what happens.
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