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What's Your Choice For Large Pistol Primers?

Discussion in 'Handguns: Autoloaders' started by Foto Joe, Jun 12, 2013.

  1. Foto Joe

    Foto Joe Well-Known Member

    Given that gun control is now upon us in the form of "If there are no bullets then guns are nothing more than small clubs", many of us have had to make make concessions on things like primers. Choices like pay up to $75 for a thousand or use something we never even heard of. I'd like to hear from those of you who have done the latter, possibly using what I consider to be "off brand" primers. Since CCI, Remington, Federal etc. have gone the way of the Gooney Bird there are some out there that I have never used and I'd like some input before I plunk down a couple of hundred bucks for 5,000 of an unknown (to me) case of primers off GB or where ever I might find them.

    Does anybody have any experience with Sellier & Bellot, Tula, Wolf or any others that might be considered non-mainstream but still somewhat available if you're willing to part with the $$$? The majority of my loading is for 45acp but I also load 45 Colt and 44 Special.

    Any input would be appreciated.
  2. M2 Carbine

    M2 Carbine Well-Known Member

    Considering the lack of availability of all primers I'd buy any brand I could find for under $35/1,000.

    As far as personal experience I've only used CCI, Remington and Winchester.

    I haven't heard that any of the brands are bad.

    I like S&B ammo but I have had hard primers in their loaded ammo once in a great while.
  3. Sam1911

    Sam1911 Moderator

    I've used Magtech as well as the usual Federals and CCIs, Win, etc.

    Haven't had to pay over $35 for a box yet though.

    I do try to stick to Federals for the revolvers, though. They seem a bit softer and tend to light off even with lighter springs.
  4. 340PD

    340PD Well-Known Member

    Anything I can get.
  5. Arkansas Paul

    Arkansas Paul Well-Known Member

    Honestly, I can't tell a dimes worth of difference in any of them. They say that Federals are softer, but I've never had any of the others fail to go bang either. Get whatever is cheapest.

    And I hate you guys who are still finding primers for $35/1k. They're all $40-$45 here, and I still buy them. Hell, it's still cheaper than buying ammo by a long shot.
  6. ku4hx

    ku4hx Well-Known Member

    Back when primers were plentiful, I bought CCI only and had excellent results with all sizes and types for decades. But when things began to go haywire a few years ago I began buying Winchester, Federal and Mag Tech. Again, outstanding performance through thousands of each.

    I just recently received a case of Tulammo LP standard primers and thus far they too have been flawless. I'll still hold onto a few thousand American made for "critical" uses, but Tulammo may well be getting more of my business. The price is pretty good too.
  7. Schwing

    Schwing Well-Known Member

    I have used Tula primers with no issues.
  8. Rule3

    Rule3 Well-Known Member

    They all work. If you have a finely tuned hammer/firing pin then Federals will go bang when others will not. That's why the have such big packaging they are softer.
    All the rest work fine, 4 years ago at the last great primer shortage I bought a lot of Wolf cheap and they go bang. For range use anything.

    Winchester are my preferred if I can find them, they seat nicely
  9. USSR

    USSR Well-Known Member

    Choice? Winchester, due to there suitability for both standard and magnum loads.

  10. jim243

    jim243 Well-Known Member

    ^^^^ This

  11. Drail

    Drail Well-Known Member

    Nothing but Federal since 1987. All my guns have light tuned actions and I've never had one fail yet.
  12. Arkansas Paul

    Arkansas Paul Well-Known Member

    That is a good point. I've often wondered if there really is a difference between them and standard LPP. I wouldn't know how to test them personally.
  13. forindooruseonly

    forindooruseonly Well-Known Member

    USSR has got it right - I try to just use Winchesters for that reason, but I've been reduced to using what I can find.
  14. beatledog7

    beatledog7 Well-Known Member

    I've used S&B, Remington, CCI (including CCI Mag), and Wolf. Every one went bang. I was well stocked before the panic and have a crap load of 45ACP cases primed, mostly with the Remingtons. They seem easiest to seat in most headstamps.

    Given that the Wolfs are thus far completely reliable and are (when availability is "normal") less expensive, I'd say I prefer them.
  15. HexHead

    HexHead Well-Known Member

    Same as small, CCI.
  16. jkinkade

    jkinkade Member

    I use Winchester LP mostly,,have had good luck with them,,,have used Remington also-no problem, some friends of mine use Federal in revolvers.
  17. rcmodel

    rcmodel Member in memoriam

    For 45+ years, it was CCI first, Winchester second, Remington third, with Federal running a distant forth (because of the stupid boxes they come in)

    It would be anything I could find on a shelf for sale.

  18. gamestalker

    gamestalker member

    I've always gone with CCI as my first choice, and have used quite a few Winchester too though. That said, I have never had one fail to detonate in over 30 yrs. of reloading.
    But if I couldn't find CCI or Win, I would buy what's available. In this respect, I have had very little trouble finding CCI's locally, even with all this madness going on they are still available. So far, I haven't had to spend more than $35 for 1K of CCI's. But I sure do miss the good old days of $10 per K.

  19. HOOfan_1

    HOOfan_1 Well-Known Member

    I typically use CCI for everything....had to buy some Federal the other day because there is nothing else, have not tried them yet though
  20. HKGuns

    HKGuns Well-Known Member


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