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Federal Gold Medal Small Pistol Primers

Discussion in 'Handloading and Reloading' started by RobNC, Jan 11, 2008.

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  1. RobNC

    RobNC Member

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    My first post!
    I like Federal small pistol primers, but they have been scarce lately. I located some Federal Gold Medal match small pistol primers locally at a pretty good price. What are the differences between these primers? Do they have the same dimensions? Pressure? Hardness? etc.
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  2. Smokey Joe

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    "Match" vs. "Regular"...

    Rob NC--First, welcome to THR!

    Re: Match-grade primers: They are the same as the corresponding regular primers, except that the quality control in manufacture is tighter. AFAIK, that's the only difference.

    I use match-grade primers in my "serious" rifles' ammo. Probably makes no difference, but makes me more confident in the ammo.

    /Rant mode: ON/ Re: Federal primers generally: I don't use 'em, and I urge others not to do so, just because Federal packages 'em in such ridiculously oversized boxes. They take up a huge amount of storage space on my reloading-supply shelves.

    I talked to a Federal sales rep once about this--He said that the Federal primers were more powerful, so the Gummint makes Federal package the primers as they do. I said if the primers are more powerful, that'd change the ballistics of the rounds loaded with those primers, necessitating a different reloading recipe, would it not? He replied that no, the Federal primers have the same ballistics as any other primers. I asked then how is it that the Federal primers are more powerful, thus requiring the big boxes? The sales rep mumbled something, then got interested in another customer. If that's their attitude, to heck with 'em!!

    Has anyone EVER heard of ANY primer(s) which exploded due to the nature of the factory packaging????

    /Rant Mode OFF/ There. That feels better.
     
  3. RobNC

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    Thanks for the quick reply Smokey Joe. Yeah, the packaging is BULKY on Fed primers. I got used to using them and I must be getting set in my ways. Does that mean I'm getting OLD! I can get them at $27 a thousand, which seems pretty good.
     
  4. Walkalong

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    Federals package size is why I started using Winchester primers. They sure take up less space.
     
  5. Citroen

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    Not More Powerful, more sensitive!

    Given a choice I would buy nothing but Federal primers! They are the only brand that works 100 percent of the time in my 25-2 revolvers. Wolf is almost as reliable and I can find them but for months I have searched for Federal Large Pistol primers - their # 150 with no success. By the way, Wolf packages their upside down - why I have no idea!

    Federal packages them sideways because that packaging makes them less likely to "ignite" during shipping. I don't like the package either but I understand it and would love to have to endure the extra space that 5000 of them would require!

    John
    Charlotte, NC
     
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