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First Wolf Primer Misfire.

Discussion in 'Handloading and Reloading' started by Jumping Frog, May 8, 2009.

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  1. Jumping Frog

    Jumping Frog Member

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    Had my first Wolf primer misfire at the range on Monday.

    I was loading .44 Mag with: Wolf LP Magnum primers; 240 gr gas checked SWC cast boolits; and 22.8 gr H110.

    All primers were seated correctly, a couple of thousands below flush. On one out of 75 shots, the primer fired but it sounded like a squib. The boolit left the case and was stuck half in the chamber and half in the forcing cone.

    At first I was berating myself, thinking, "How did I miss putting powder in that case."

    I used a wooden dowel rod and tapped the boolit back into the case in the chamber so the cylinder would get freed back up. Then I pulled the boolit from the case. It was full of unburnt powder, the primer simply didn't get a good burn going.

    I had purchased 20,000 Wolf primers late last year, and this is the first problem I've had in the first 3,000 or so used.
     
  2. Funderb

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    only one out of 75? lets hope it was the only one out of 20,000

    maybe the powder got oily on that one, or the primer got oily.
     
  3. arizona98tj

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    I believe he is at 1 out of 3K right now.
     
  4. Funderb

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    thats no so bad. well, it is bad, but maybe it was just a little too luby.
     
  5. helg

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    Would you consider to dump the rest 17K of these junky primers?
     
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    Me Too

    I also had a Wolf SP primer fail to go off yesterday at the range. Ran it back through and nothing again. Pulled the bullet and flash hole was clear and I could see the shiny primer anvil through it. This is my first failure in about 3,000 bangs. Is this unique to the Wolf brand? I seem to remember seeing pictures on a forum of a bad primer (not Wolf) that was photographed still in its factory box.
     
  7. Walkalong

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    At the rate they are making primers these days, a bad one might slip through that would not have when they were not as pressed to get em out as fast as possible. Just a thought. You know, get in a rush and make mistakes. :scrutiny:
     
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    "At the rate they are making primers these days, a bad one might slip through that would not have when they were not as pressed to get em out as fast as possible."

    Walkalong I been thinking along the same line and decided to add a little diligence to my priming operation and will mark any primer containers bought in the next year or so for closer exam under magnification.
     
  9. Jumping Frog

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    After I had a chance to think about it, I was awfully glad that the misfire happened when I was target shooting .44 mag. The revolver could not continue to fire even if I had tried, since the cylinder couldn't rotate.

    My nightmare scenario would be combat shooting one of my semi-autos in 9mm, .40 S&W, or .45 ACP. If the first shot of a doubletap misfires and leaves one in the barrel, I would be at great risk of not stopping the second shot in time.

    It stinks when your best case scenario leaves you with a ruined barrel. Still better than a blown gun and bloody hand . . .
     
  10. Steve C

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    You may be a victim of an H110 squib.

    Hodgdon lists no loads for 240gr Cast bullets with H110 in their on line loading manual and looking and Hanloads.com the only H110 loads I found with a lead 240gr bullet where all 25.0 grains or more. The maximum load for a 240gr jacketed bullet in the .44 mag is 24.0 grains with a minimum load of 23.0 grains. While your load of 22.8 is very close to the minimum load H110 usually has a warning regarding loading lighter than 3% less than maximum. Doing the math a 3% reduction from 24.0 grains is 23.28 grains, closer to 23.3 so essentially you are running 1/2 grain below recommended for a 240grain bullet.

    You are likely on that ragged edge of power density where you will see occasional squibs usning that light a load with H110.

    I'd suggest upping your charge by at least .5 grains if you want to use H110 or switching to a less volume and density sensitive powder.
     
  11. sammy

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    I have had 2 dead primers in 10,000 with Wolf large pistol primers. When loading my primer tubes I have seen, 4 times the anvil fell out of the primer. I just tossed them and never tried to use them. It is possible that the 2 dead ones had missing anvils but I never pulled them to look.

    Out of the 20,000 Winchester large pistol I have had no dead ones.
     
  12. Marlin 45 carbine

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    good post I'll look over closely any Wolf primers after they are aligned in my hand primer.
     
  13. bluetopper

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    The only and recent batch of Wolf primers I bought was $100 per 5k. This won't deter me from buying more at that price.
     
  14. Walkalong

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    It won't cycle the slide, so if you don't rack the slide and shoot again without checking, your OK. I think the danger of shooting another round after a squib is much worse with a revolver.
     
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