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Old 06-11-2020, 01:15 PM
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I was shopping for small pistol primers. A lot of places are out of stock. I did find some Federal Primers. They are call Federal Premium Champion Centerfire Small Pistol Primers. I have never seen this type. In the past I have used Federal Standard and Gold Medal Match with no issues. Has anyone used the Premium line and how did you like them?
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Old 06-11-2020, 01:31 PM
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If I needed primers I'd buy them. I doubt premium means junk.
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I use Federal primers exclusively for my tuned competition revolvers. It is not unusual to find it difficult to buy them when there's a "scare" on. I have used regular, Gold Medal Match(which may also be magnum) with no discernible difference in performance. The label you're reading is more about marketing "zing" than performance. Use with confidence.
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I bought a 1000 round case. Used about 100 so far. They work perfectly. Good primers, and glad I have some in bulk right now.
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Excellent primers, basically the Fed 100 SPP but made to higher QA controls. I really like Federal primers, they’re easy to seat with my hand primer tool and work all the time!
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I am very catholic when it comes to primers. Mostly, I use SR primers for handgun loads, and they are usually more easily found than SP.
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I use Federal primers exclusively for my tuned competition revolvers. It is not unusual to find it difficult to buy them when there's a "scare" on. I have used regular, Gold Medal Match(which may also be magnum) with no discernible difference in performance. The label you're reading is more about marketing "zing" than performance. Use with confidence.
When shooting PPC and using Federal Gold Metal match primers and duplicating Winchester Ranger Match 38 Spl. and 9mm ammo I could see definite tighter groups beyond 25 yards.

I have never heard FGMM primers referred to a "magnum" primers since they have a reputation for being "soft".

Magnum primers are usually referred to as "hard" so they don't back out due to magnum pressures. Magnum primers usually have a longer "spark" for efficient magnum powder ignition.

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When shooting PPC and using Federal Gold Metal match primers and duplicating Winchester Ranger Match 38 Spl. and 9mm ammo I could see definite tighter groups beyond 25 yards.

I have never heard FGMM primers referred to a "magnum" primers since they have a reputation for being "soft".

Magnum primers are usually referred to as "hard" so they don't back out due to magnum pressures. Magnum primers usually have a longer "spark" for efficient magnum powder ignition.

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Federal magnum primers must not be too hard since they work in my 'tuned' revolvers.
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I was having light strikes in one gun that did not fire when using cci spp. CCI spp fired beautifully in all other revolvers.

I switched to federal spp for that one gun and they were soft enough to fire all rounds.

So I am assuming that means the Federal are softer and may work when you have a hammer that doesn't quite strike hard enough.


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I went to Federals from CCI...they're great....hard to find right now, I'll learn to stock up!
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Federal primers are excellent! Just wish they came in smaller boxes for storage purposes.
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I've been using Fed primers in loads that I "count on" for over 30 years. My long range precision rifle loads, by bullseye loads,etc. For just plinking I may use about any primer that's on sale.
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I've been using Fed primers in loads that I "count on" for over 30 years. My long range precision rifle loads, by bullseye loads,etc. For just plinking I may use about any primer that's on sale.
^^^What he said^^^ This is especially true for small pistol primers used in tuned revolvers. Match or Bench Rest Small Rifle Primersfrom Federal also get the nod. I also like Winchester Large Rifle primers because I can find them consistently and they work well in the old hyphenated calibers (32-40, 45-70, etc.)

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