Troubles with Winchester Primers

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Troubles with Winchester Primers

Post by messenger on Sun Apr 16, 2017 12:58 pm

Is anyone still having WLP not going off. Just opened a brick and having about a 3% failure rate. No light strikes. Had a similar problem awhile back with CCI. Not in one gun but all three wad guns. I had one that "fizlled" and pushed the bullet out with very little recoil. 

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Post by jglenn21 on Sun Apr 16, 2017 1:06 pm

WLPs are my main go to primers.. no failures to date that I can attribute to the primer


make darn sure your not having misfires due to the primer not be seated below the case rim.. also if you drop a loaded round into the chamber is the rear of the round even with the barrel hood..
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Post by messenger on Sun Apr 16, 2017 1:23 pm

I will watch for that.

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Post by orpheoet on Sun Apr 16, 2017 7:22 pm

I only use Winchester primers for Bullseye ammo. Zero problems in 3 yrs
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Re: Troubles with Winchester Primers

Post by Gary Wells on Mon Apr 17, 2017 12:41 pm

messenger wrote:Is anyone still having WLP not going off. Just opened a brick and having about a 3% failure rate. No light strikes. Had a similar problem awhile back with CCI. Not in one gun but all three wad guns. I had one that "fizlled" and pushed the bullet out with very little recoil. 

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Oh please don't go there.  A few years back I got tired of hearing "Primer shortage" so I currently have about 37K of WLP on hand. I have not been able to shoot much this last year due to losing 3 toes & a substantial portion of my left foot, but in previous years I have been shooting about 6K a year with 0 failures.  I hope that your issue goes away.

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Re: Troubles with Winchester Primers

Post by bdas on Mon Apr 17, 2017 1:02 pm

I've been using Winchester Primers with zero not-going-bang issues, but my experience is only in the last year, and I've only reloaded about 3000 rounds from two different lots of WLP primers, so I'm not sure how much of a data point that is.

Regardless of manufacturer, primers will not reliably go bang, or will potentially fizzle, if they have gotten wet/damp/oily.  That could explain your experiences.  

As messenger says, you also need to make sure they are seated fully.  See this thread for lots of recent discussion about Winchester Primers, including them possibly not being consistent in their size (diameter), and thus possibly being the cause of seating issues (besides all the discussion of them flipping in Dillon reloaders).

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Post by messenger on Mon Apr 17, 2017 1:58 pm

bdas wrote:I've been using Winchester Primers with zero not-going-bang issues, but my experience is only in the last year, and I've only reloaded about 3000 rounds from two different lots of WLP primers, so I'm not sure how much of a data point that is.

Regardless of manufacturer, primers will not reliably go bang, or will potentially fizzle, if they have gotten wet/damp/oily.  That could explain your experiences.  

As messenger says, you also need to make sure they are seated fully.  See this thread for lots of recent discussion about Winchester Primers, including them possibly not being consistent in their size (diameter), and thus possibly being the cause of seating issues (besides all the discussion of them flipping in Dillon reloaders).
All my powder and primers are indoor and not subject to humidity. I do not handle them with my hands. They go into the flip tray and then into the primer tube. I have been loading the same way as the last ten years with out problems until recently. Federal and those cheap Wolfs always ignite. Everything is seated properly. I don't know how true it is but at a match someone told me Winchester primers are now made in Indonesia. I hope not.

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