I started shooting IDPA this spring and recently switched small pistol primers from CCI 400 to Winchester WSP. I switched because my carry sometimes light struck the CCI's. I read that the WSP was thinner and would help with light strikes and they seem to do just that. I reload for lighter practice ammo and use this in IDPA (but they still make the Minor PF).
My P226 .40 S&W I use in IDPA never had light strike issues; but I have had a FTF in my last two matches using the WSP primers. WTF??? The primer appeared to be well struck, but gave no love; even with an extra hit. I never had that issue with CCI. Guess I'll have to buy a case of CCI. Is there a way to glance at a primer to tell if it is bad?
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Have you changed the stock mainspring in your gun to something lighter?
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You lost me CCI 400 are small rifle primers.
Have you tried Federal primers? They are some of the most sensitive primers made.
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1) My bad. I used CCI 500 small pistol primers for several years. When I ran out the last time I did bridge with some of my #400 small rifle until I ordered the Winchester. My P226 fired the #400 just fine but my carry pistol (9mm Shield) would not. Thanks for the Federal recommendation.
2) Yes, my main spring is lighter. It was part of a Grayguns action enhancement years ago and I still have the original spring. But I don't believe it's light strike.
I am asking if anyone else has had issues with Winchester WSF.
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I've been lucky, no issues with CCI, Rem, or Win primers.
I bought some Fed primers just because some of my guns have very light mainsprings.
Haven't needed them. (and they hog space - I hate their packaging!!)
I haven't had a dead or "unwilling" primer in easily the last 15 years. (not counting rimfire)
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On the FTF did it fire on the second attempt? If so it a problem of not setting the primer fully in the pocket. A primer has to have the anvil preloaded for them to be consistent.
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But thanks for the clue. Maybe my well-used hulls with dirty primer pockets could cause primer FTF. Several hulls show resistance inserting the primer. If I then clean the primer pocket, they set easily. I vow to hand clean ALL pistol primer pockets, just as I do rifle!
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I always buy Federal primers; they are known to be softer than others
IF the heavy hammer strike of a 226 isn't setting them off, I would suspect they are not seated to the bottom f the pocket. Push harder, they are not going off in the press.
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Over the years I have found CCI primers are the hardest on the market... including the Russian primers sold a few years ago.
As a data point, my Dillon 550b instruction booklet advised against using CCI primers.
Other than CCI, I don't find any noticeable difference in primers... I use Winchester, ALCAN (now discontinued but were made by Fiocchi) Remington, Wolf, S&B, Fiocchi and Federal. Other than price I don't see any difference...
Primers seem to be very uniform and work well for me.
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