Discussion in 'Handloading and Reloading' started by twarr1, Jan 20, 2022.
Maybe things are picking up?
The only ammunition expense I currently have is .22 LR....and at 10 cents to 14 cents a shot, I'm chocking at the prospect of even higher prices....Hope it goes away soon, but I'm not holding my breath. Best regards, Rod
Federal uses basic lead styphnate, other brands use normal lead styphnate, different chemical composition.
The Federal mix is claimed to be more sensitive and their primer cups softer metal. They are preferred for use in competition revolvers and DA/SA autos because they will fire with a weaker mainspring/lighter trigger pull.
Lead free primers are mostly the Dinol mix but Federal has their own Catalyst unleaded with different ingredients.
Ok, I rebuild engines, and know the difference in bearing materials and metal compositions, I just not that keen on the primers make-up. makes sense, Thanks!
So is this why Lee has a beef with them? (Presuming you know Lee has a beef with them.)
Federal would not give LEE samples to test so Lee just went with they are to sensitive and may go boom in their primer loading products.
Yes, Federal are more sensitive and folks with tuned revolvers use them. But normal mortal everyday shooters the Match primers make little difference,
$90 for the match primers doesn’t seem too bad when you consider some retailers are getting $140 for CCI #41’s
They are more sensitive so packaging has more safety space.
I have a large square pickup tray for them.
Thanks. Yeah Im just a regular shooter and use them regularly without incident.
It's close for 9mm. You can get 1000 115gr 9mm FMJ's from RMR for $94 delivered, with no discounts. So a bit less than most of the mail order primers these days.
I've used a bunch of the subject primers in the last year. Still have a couple of bricks on the shelf. Worked great. I used to be a one brand primer buyer, Winchester was my personal favorite. But I've been very agnostic in the last year.
Made my weekly trip to the indoor pistol range I belong to to shoot a quick 200 rounds. They have a small gun store there. CCI primers were $160 per k!!! Guy said they had to pay a lot to get them.
Come fair weather, I will be at a match down the road from that store and will see what they have then.
A friend reports stores with good supplies of $140 primers, few sales.
I've been able to tell differences when working up a load, where one maxes out a litter earlier than another (from what I presume to be one primer can be a little hotter than another)
I noticed a batch of Winchesters top-hat (flatten) a little easier than CCI in SPP in 357 magnum mid-range 2400 loads with the same moderate powder charge thats just above published starting charges with 158 grain bullets. ......some may think this is because the metal is softer, but that is not necessarily true. Softer metal may obturate a little better in the primer pocket, and actually prevent "top-hatting". Sometimes light charges, or slower burning powders that build pressure slowly can cause primers to set back before forming a seal with the primer pocket, and cause flattening, too...... it is for these reasons that YOU CAN NEVER TRUST WHAT PRIMERS TELL YOU about the supposed "pressure" of your load. They flat out lie in most handgun loads.
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Me either. The reason I liked Winchester the best is that they ran smoother through my RCBS Ammo Master. Not an issue with my Dillon 650 or 1100 though.
Again, buy what you need and don't be panic buying. It's the only way prices will ever come down.
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