What ever happened to Alcan primers?

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January 31, 2022, 08:24 PM
What ever happened to Alcan primers?
When I started reloading back in the 1970s my favorite primers were Alcan brand and I loaded them almost exclusively. My competition firearm back then was a Colt Gold Cup National Match which I shot up 11,000 rounds (practice & competition) with that gun; all reloads, and never had a single stoppage for any reason. Most of those reloads used Alcan primers. What ever happened to Alcan?
January 31, 2022, 11:15 PM
Looks like they were bought by S&W/Fiocchi in the 70s and they discontinued the Alcan name by 1980.


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February 01, 2022, 01:26 PM
Thanks for the response and the link. Subsequent inquiries indicated that the factory in Sweden (where the primers were manufactured; I actually remember seeing that on the boxes) had a fire or explosion and was never rebuilt.
February 02, 2022, 06:41 PM
I still have Alcan 209's in the basement!