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What to do with this ammo?

Discussion in 'General Gun Discussions' started by hobgob, Mar 14, 2011.

  1. hobgob

    hobgob Well-Known Member

    Hey, I recently figured out that my 6.8 spc rock river rifle does not like Silver State Armory ammo. Apparently the firing pin isnt hitting the primer hard enough to spark it. So I have 11 rounds of SSA ammo that are whole except for the dent from the firing pin. Are these re-usable/sellable? or should I just take em apart and save the brass?
  2. FROGO207

    FROGO207 Well-Known Member

    You could take them apart and replace the primer, reassemble the remaining components and fire as usual. No large amount of rounds to do so I would just do them one at a time. If I had a large amount then disassemble and measure the propellant that is recovered and reloading as if all components are new would be the action of choice. Those removed primers could be reused loading ammo in another rifle that has a stronger firing pin strike if you have one on hand. Some will say not to reuse them but I have personally reused at least 500 of them over the years with no problems in any way. YMMV
  3. CoastieShep

    CoastieShep Well-Known Member

    Yeah, what frog said.
  4. InkEd

    InkEd Well-Known Member

    It's only 11 rounds of ammo. Try running them through again. Sometimes a second strike may ignite the primer. Just use them for target practice. You could just give them to a friend or something too. If you reload, you can do as the others have mentioned.
  5. Hardware

    Hardware Well-Known Member

    Make sure the face of your bolt is properly clean. If you have carbon build up there it can add just enough distance to the primer to prevent a proper strike. I've had this happen on an AR and a Garand. The AR I can figure, the Garand???

    Otherwise it's just hard primers, try them in another rifle.
  6. rcmodel

    rcmodel Member in memoriam

    I would say you have a rifle problem of some sort.
    Or a headspace issue with the ammo preventing the bolt from fully locking.

    Any AR-15 should reliably fire any hard primer ever made, unless it has had a reduced power hammer spring put in it for some odd reason.

  7. wally

    wally Well-Known Member

    Given the cost I'd run them through again. Heck I usually run through cheap steel cased ammo a second time to get an idea if its the ammo or the gun that might be the problem.
  8. 68wj

    68wj Well-Known Member

    What color are your primers? They used MilSpec primers until fairly recently. They changed due to too many shooters installing light triggers that were not capable of hitting hard enough. If your primers are brass, they are milspec. Silver, current production.

    FAQ #7 http://www.ssarmory.com/faq.aspx

    I will gladely take them off your hands though:rolleyes::D
  9. hobgob

    hobgob Well-Known Member

    primers are brass. I figured my trigger was just not strong enough to ignite the primers. might get a new spring for it. It fires hornady TAP ammo fine tho. went thru about 60 rounds of TAP no problem. It is just the SSA ammo that is given me grief. so ive got about 71 rounds i need to get rid of. Any idea on good brands for stronger springs?
  10. 68wj

    68wj Well-Known Member

    Those primers are CCI 41s and have a slightly harder cup. When SSA changed to a standard primer, several shooters found out that their firing pin holes were out of spec when they started to get cratered and even pierced primers upon firing.

    If you are just looking for a standard hammer spring, any OE spring will do. If yours is some sort of aftermarket setup, you may need to get in touch with the manufacturer. I reload with 41's and my stock DPMS lpk works fine (granted, it is a horrible pull).

    Another option may be to sell them on 68forums.com. There are some shooters there that will not shoot the newer loads due to the primer change. You may find someone that will buy them or trade for the new production.
  11. hobgob

    hobgob Well-Known Member

    i built the lower myself using a stripped anvil arms receiver and a dpms parts kit. used this website as a guide http://www.lifelibertyetc.com/RangeBag. I have checked everything twice. pretty sure I put it all together right since it shoots hornady just fine.
  12. MyOpinion

    MyOpinion Active Member

    Crud in the ejector can hold the case just off the boltface enough to be a problem. Ejectors are kindof an ignored part that do need regular attention. Not that you need to take it out. Spray it then exercise it.
  13. wishin

    wishin Well-Known Member

    I've had the same problem with my AR and Silver State. After running them back through they fired off fine, but replaced the trigger hammer spring. Haven't tried SSA since then.

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