Federal Primers?


August 10, 2010, 07:35 PM

Can anyone tell me if Federal Small Pistol Match primers (GM100M) are good? This is all my local gun shop has in stock and was wondering if they are good primers.


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August 10, 2010, 08:27 PM
IMHO they are the best. They are softer than other primers and more consistent, that is they require less impact from the firing pin to ignite and vary little.
Now you must understand that I am a target shooter and I view my reloads from that point of view.
From a practical point of view Fed primers are no better and no worse than any other quality brand of primer. The intent is to go "BANG" when told to. All modern quality primers do that.
The work "Match" in the real world makes litte or no difference unless you are on the cutting edge of pistol shooting accuracy and need the absolute consistency that they MAY deliver. Simply spoken, if you are not at the high master level, put whatever primers you can find in your reloads and enjoy.


Jesse Heywood
August 10, 2010, 08:42 PM
I bought a brick a few months ago, when they were all I could get. Every one went bang when I pulled the trigger.

August 10, 2010, 08:53 PM
Federal SPPs (including match grade) are my preferred primers due their light strike reliability. Even with the hammer spring at the minimum, every one fires as advertised.

Federal has an older and more sensitive primer mix formula.

I'll swap you even for CCI or WIN. :-)

August 10, 2010, 08:55 PM
Ok cool thanks everyone...

Hondo 60
August 10, 2010, 10:55 PM
Let me start by saying I don't load for competition.
But at times Fed match are cheaper than other primers, so I have used them.

They've all gone bang on the first strike. I would definitely use them again.

A and O
August 11, 2010, 12:58 AM
For most of us primers are primers. If they work you use them. The Federal primers you refer to were on sale at Natchez last month for $28.00/1,000 (or was it $26.00?). If Wolf is acceptable to you


has them for sale right now at $18.00/1,000.

August 11, 2010, 04:26 AM
IMO most primers are the same.
I have loaded Federal, Winchester, Remington and CCI primers and all did the job well and all fired. I have also used Wolf, Magtech and I think even some PMC primers. They all worked well too...

If all you can find are match primers buy them but in general they aren't worth the extra money because the only difference between "regular" primers and "match" primers are the workers making them. The companies use their best and most experienced workers to manufacturer their match primers. That is the only difference and IMO not worth the additional cost. (again, unless that's all you can find)

August 11, 2010, 06:36 AM
I used Federal MATCH primers once.
They installed so easily that they made me nervous.
I called Federal & the guy told me they use only one man on a machine ( their best man)
on a weekend & don't pick up any that fall on the floor. That's a MATCH primer--what BS.
They did work as good as any other...................

gun guy
August 11, 2010, 07:01 AM
as long as you are not loading for military type weapons: M1, M1A,M1 carbine or mini 14 or 30 they are fine. for those weapons listed it is highly advised to use mil spec, or winchester primers. Softer primers can lead to slam fires/doubling

Gadzooks Mike
August 11, 2010, 08:41 AM
They're better than anything else your local gunshop has in stock.

August 11, 2010, 11:57 AM
If you are a coil cutter, than that is what you want.

I bought a M586 off a guy who shot 40,000+ rounds of 148's 2.7 grains Bullseye and Federal primers. He was a PPC competitor.

The action was wonderfully smooth and light largely due to a weak mainspring. That weak mainspring caused squibs and misfires in cold weather with WSP and AA#9. Changing to a new factory mainspring fixed that, but lost the light action. It still is very smooth.

Federal primers are good primers in pistols and bolt guns. I had two out of battery slamfires with the things in M1 Garands, one blew the back of the receiver off in my face.

If you guessed, I don't use them in Gas Guns anymore.

August 11, 2010, 12:05 PM
Thanks everyone for your comments. I was just wondering because i heard that federal match had some issues when loading of sometimes primers going off when priming a case.

A and O
August 11, 2010, 05:54 PM
Stodd, I just checked, Widener's still has Wolf Primers at $18/1000.

I've used them with no failures. The LPP's are kinda stiff going in but work great for loads after the 3rd or 4th. Use the Federals for the first 3 or 4 loads of LPP"s and you'll be a happy camper.

August 11, 2010, 11:18 PM
They're better than anything else your local gunshop has in stock.

Hee hee :D Mike, although you are technically correct...

you just ain't right. :neener:



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