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Discussion in 'Handloading and Reloading' started by nix4me, Feb 9, 2015.

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  1. nix4me

    nix4me Member

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    So it's about time for me to make a bulk order of primers. I usually buy 10,000 each small pistol and small rifle.

    I usually get CCI but low prices on other brands has me thinking.

    If i went with another brand, what do you guys/gals think of S&B, Wolf or Tula. Out of those 3, which would you get? i can get S&B and Wolf for $20 per k. Thoughts?
     
  2. drband

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    I have used cci, Tula SPPs and have been pleased with both. Have used cci & Remington LPPs with good results. I would just go with lowest price.
     
  3. sellersm

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    I vote for S&B. Wolf & Tula are made at the same plant, so basically the same thing...

    If you don't have any lightened springs that cause light primer strikes, then pick the one that's cheapest! Or, if you reload a ton of S&B brass, I'd choose the S&B primers (they seem to fit a bit better).
     
  4. rcmodel

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    I vote for CCI if you can find any somewhere.

    Keep our money in the USA, and get better primers too! ;)

    rc
     
  5. snakeye

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    Buy whatever is the cheapest....I have used them all they they all go bang
     
  6. greyling22

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    where? powder valley has gone up?
     
  7. ArchAngelCD

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    I'm a fan of CCI primers and I'm a fan of buying American when I can. CCI primers have never failed me so I stick with them of Winchester when CCI are unavailable.
     
  8. ColtPythonElite

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    I have bought about 30k Tulas. I have had trouble in double action with both large and small pistol in several different revolvers. The primer that failed in DA always goes off if I try it again in SA. I always used them for plinking, so no big deal. I bought them because they were $20 per 1k. I recently ordered 21k more primers. The cost between Tulas and others was only about 3 bucks per thousand. I ordered another brand.
     
  9. Hardtarget

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    I use CCI and Winchester mostly but there are a few other odds 'n ends in the stack as well. I don't load high volume so my last purchase was a while back.

    Mark
     
  10. ReloaderFred

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    I use mostly Federal Primers, with MagTech second, but I've also used about 25,000 S&B primers and I happen to like them. I won't buy anything made in the former Soviet Union, since I grew up in the 1950's, when they threatened to incinerate us and "duck and cover" drills were held weekly in my schools. No, I never forgive..........

    Hope this helps.

    Fred
     
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    I have used Tula and S+B SPs and Tula LP for the less expensive flavors. Of the 2 I prefer S+B SPs. No issues with Tula LP all went bang. (out of 3000)
     
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  12. Potatohead

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    Ive had no troubles with Tula.

    I feel your pain. Im often suckered in to buying them instead of Win or CCI because of that better price.
     
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    I have used nothing but CCI, but am about to pull the trigger on some Tul just because I can get them cheap.

    If they go bang I am happy!
     
  14. ArchAngelCD

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    I can't bring myself to move off of CCI primers because they have served me so well. I trust them and I'm going to stick with them... (and I'm just about as cheap as they come)
     
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    In my current reloading incarnation, I have used CCI and Remington. The Remington are packaged on-edge; what in hell is that about?
     
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    I've used several thousand Tula and they work fine. They seem to be a little tighter fit than Rem or CCI primers.
     
  17. rg1

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    Stay with the brand you shoot and already have safe loads worked up. Worth the small extra price for the same primers. Only way I'd switch primers is if no other primers were in existence or impossible to find and I was totally out of primers.
     
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    I've been using primarily CCI since I started reloading, and have on occasion also used Winchester. Never had a single failure with either of those brands, but I like the way CCI's feel when I seat them, they have a more positive feel for me.

    Aside from that, and much like RC, I prefer to keep the money in the USA.

    GS
     
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    Seems pricy when you add hazmat and shipping fees. Locally, primers are
    readily avail for $30 per 1K CCI or Win sm pistol.
     
  21. moxie

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    I buy American. If you absolutely must buy foreign due to a small price difference, please get S&B. They are made in the independent Czech Republic. The others are made in, well, somewhere else.
     
  22. FROGO207

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    I have used all the above mentioned as well as several other brands. They all worked OK but some had harder cups and some were metric and were therefore harder to seat. If the CCI are nearly the same price as others and available I will buy them first. BUT they all go bang and there generally few if any problems with ANY brand of primer so price rules with lots of people. YMMV
     
  23. guncheese

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    S&B
    im very pleased with the SPP
    we tried 1k of them
    and then got 25k more
    much more consistent sizing than win or cci (by my hand feel anyway)
    ive been told that the SRP and LRP are great as well
    we got the SPP in the door for 2.2 cents/per
     
  24. ArchAngelCD

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    I was only showing CCI primers weren't much more than the Russian primers and not telling anyone to buy online. In reality since the OP said he was going to buy 20,000 primers the Hazmat fee is spread over 20 boxes of primers making it a small part of the price.

    Remember, when you buy locally you have to pay sales tax, where I lice that's 6%. That would be $36 on 20,000 primers @$30/k which more than covers the Hazmat fee.
     
  25. Walkalong

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    It's 10% sales tax for me. The powder primer guy I used to buy from at shows hasn't had much, and has been asking $35 per K and up, so he hasn't gotten any of my business lately.

    I was lucky to catch the Midway sale on CCI 500 primers in the strips.

    The regular CCI 500s are great not only because they work great, but the tray fits my RCBS hand primer try perfectly. (What a coincidence huh.) The Winchester primer tray is a little bigger and usually leaks one or two when filling the primer tray, so I have to be careful to catch them. Not a big deal, but not as nice either.
     
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