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Speaking of Odd Primers
Ambrose Member Posts: 3,049 ✭✭✭
edited October 2015 in Perry Shooter Competition Shooting and Reloading Forum
At the gun show, I picked up a brick of Federal 210 large rifle primers. They are the old brass colored dome-shaped ones in the wooden trays that I vaguely remember from when I first started reloading in the 1950's. I still have the proper shaped seating punch for my RCBS press. The guy had several bricks priced @ $18 and I'll probably be sorry I didn't get more of them. Anybody else remember them? A new brick of Federals is now HUGE but this one is tiny in comparison.
I have CCI in plastic and perhaps wood trays from my Dad from back then. I have some mercuric Rem and Win from the 10's and 20's. I just ran some Winchester Western Staynless LP K4003P No 7 -111 wood tray dome shaped. They have been 100% in my 1911.
My oldest Pacific press has the cup shape primer ram. I do all my priming with a Lyman 310 tool.
with CIL LR (from the 40's) didn't get any complaints from him either.
Storage is everything.
These (convex primers) are what the old line about "Primer Flattening" referred to. NOT the FLAT primers that are sold today.
File that bit of trivia away, for the next time some FJA starts ranting about "flattened primers means high pressure"
I've occasionally seen bad primer batches. I got one batch of Wolf LR primers that were horribly weak, but uniformly so... wouldn't touch off any extruded or slow ball powders without a long hangfire, so I used them on black powder or cast bullet plinker loads with fast powder... but in general, age has never been an issue in predicting primer success. I got a batch of primed 06 brass with the original primers dated from the late teens through the mid 30s... some long ago reloader had pulled down the cases for components apparently and the primed brass ended up in an estate sale. Who knows how it was stored? I loaded it all up and shot it in bolt guns with 1 misfire out of 1200 rounds.
I have some bricks of primers that is just the primer CUP and primer compound in the cup no anvil I was told by an olg years ago they were for some type of shot gun primer you rebuilt the old primer with this new Cup anyone remember any thing like this [?][?][?][?]