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Post by orpheoet Sun May 01, 2022 1:58 am

I have 1k Winchester spp left then I have Federal Match. The Winchesters have never let me down in my M14’s but I’ve always heard/read that the Federals are even better. Save these Winchesters for revolver or use them up and move on to Federal?
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Post by troystaten Sun May 01, 2022 3:02 am

My limited understanding is that Federal primers have slightly softer primer cups so you can use lighter trigger springs on a revolvers.  That being said my Model 27 has a reasonably light trigger pull both DA and SA and I have used CCI, Rem and Win primers as well as Fiochi brand primers and they all worked fine.

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Post by chiz1180 Sun May 01, 2022 8:38 am

Test the federal and see if they perform to your expectations for your particular needs. In my experience primers are a great example of "If it works, it works. Don't over think it"
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Post by Dan Webb Sun May 01, 2022 10:44 am

My Keefer Custom S&W 10-6 PPC gun is 100% with Federal gm match primers. However, it does have a mis-fire rate with CCI primers. The consensus of the shooters at my club that shoot tuned revolvers in the Da mode is to use Federal primers.

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Post by Multiracer Sun May 01, 2022 10:46 am

Soft to hard shells... Federal, Remmington, CCI, S&B then Winchester. TulAmmo aint bad either.
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Post by sayracin Sun May 01, 2022 11:42 am

My experience has been the same as Dan's, Federal is the way to go for revolvers with an action job.
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Post by james r chapman Sun May 01, 2022 12:51 pm

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Post by rich.tullo Sun May 01, 2022 3:00 pm

I have some Remingtons and they are supposed to be good too. Win P I have loaded 1000's and only 1 or 2 light hits with progressively loaded ammo. 

If you hand prime my guess you will never have a problem with most any US made primer.
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Post by orpheoet Sun May 01, 2022 3:27 pm

Thanks everyone. As suggested I’m going to load up a 100 of the Federal just to be sure then likely finish of the Winchesters. I got my DR badge in 2 yrs with the Winchesters with never a light strike. Loaded on a 550.  But haven’t seen any for sale in a while. Federal it is.
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Post by Multiracer Sun May 01, 2022 6:49 pm

orpheoet wrote:Thanks everyone. As suggested I’m going to load up a 100 of the Federal just to be sure then likely finish of the Winchesters. I got my DR badge in 2 yrs with the Winchesters with never a light strike. Loaded on a 550.  But haven’t seen any for sale in a while. Federal it is.
My 14 has been worked over and really has no issues with light strikes but my 625 hates double action with Winchesters.

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Post by james r chapman Sun May 01, 2022 9:05 pm

S.A, most anything goes bang.
D.A, I’d use Federals
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Post by jjfitch Mon May 02, 2022 1:30 pm

orpheoet wrote:I have 1k Winchester spp left then I have Federal Match. The Winchesters have never let me down in my M14’s but I’ve always heard/read that the Federals are even better. Save these Winchesters for revolver or use them up and move on to Federal?
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You're discussing primer hardness which can be adjusted for by turning in/ out strain screw. 

What I found a couple decades ago was that Federal Gold Medal Match primers did tighten groups in both my Tanaka and Davis Wind Master PPC (DAO) revolvers beyond 25 yards. 

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