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Trouble with perfecta ammo

Discussion in 'Handguns: General Discussion' started by golden, Oct 31, 2015.

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  1. golden

    golden Member

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    I have been shooting some PERFECTA ammo, the 158 fmj .38 Special load and had 4 rounds fail to ignite on the first hammer fall. I was wondering if anyone else had this experience. Normally, I would blame the ammo, but in this case, I was shooting a S&W 681 which has had a trigger job and wondered if it was just this gun.
    I have used this gun as a duty gun and it has never failed to ignite before. I had just put 62 rounds of .357 magnum through the gun and it was fine.

    Jim
     
  2. RA40

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    Reminds me of a case of Samson IMI 38 SPL ammo bought long ago. Those were some hard primers where 7-10 in a box of 50 took two strikes to go. In my case the 586 mainspring screw was able to be turned a bit more and that ammo wasn't a problem then on. That same ammo in the 686 or 66, fired fine.
     
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    I toss range pick ups if they are perfecta brass and a few others.
     
  4. aladdin

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    No problems with perfecta in 45 acp. Been shooting and reloading it for sometime now.
     
  5. Steve C

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    Check your mainspring strain screw. On older S&W's the screw length was set at the factory to provide reliable ignition. Turn it in all the way. It could have loosened some and it is common for people to back it out some to lighten the trigger pull but reliability can be affected with harder primed ammo.

    On the newer fixed firing pin guns the strain screw had adjustment at the factory but the length of the screw isn't calibrated at the factory. The strain screw can be turned in a bit, maybe a 1/4 turn to increase the firing in strike strength to insure reliable ignition.
     
  6. JohnKSa

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    Perfecta is an importer/distributor that sells ammo from a number of different makers. I've heard some negative reports about some of it but the Italian made Perfecta seems to be pretty good quality.
     
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    So far I have had zero issues with Perfecta ammo
     
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    Is the brass too thin on Perfecta?
     
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    I have read other comments relating to off center flash holes...........personally I havent ever looked or tried reloading it
     
  10. turkeestalker

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    I've spent several hundred rounds of Perfecta .223, and a few hundred of .308 ammo without an issue. I've only spent 100 rounds of their .38 special, but probably twice that in 9mm, and the same again in .357 mag. That is not a terribly large sampling obviously, but none has given any issues at all and I've saved all the brass for reloading.
    I'm thinking that if there were a way to increase the firing pin's strike I would certainly try it.
     
  11. Seven High

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    I suggest that you clean and lubricate the internals of your 681. It is probably dry with old lube turned into varnish.
     
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