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Post by Darrell Cox 1/19/2017, 9:43 pm

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Am I the only one having problems with Winchester primers as of late?  I seem to have at least one or two that go in upside down, sideways, or otherwise don't seat properly in every 200 rounds or so.  I have been a Winchester Primer user for years with no problems.  I have tried cleaning the press, putting light pressure on the primer column when loading the primers in the press, overall being careful while loading tubes and the press.

At the last 1800 indoor match I talked to others who also reload and some have stated they also have had problems with Winchester Primers.  One shooter suggested using Federal primers.  Darn, I have lots of Winchester primers and it seems Federal are harder to get/find.

So, I got my hands on Federal primers and I tried them yesterday.  I loaded 500 rounds without a hitch.  Now I'm beginning to believe that Winchester quality control is slipping.  Anyone else with these observations?

Darrell Cox

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Post by jglenn21 1/23/2018, 12:39 pm

I've thought of it from time to time but way too many other projects... Smile

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Post by blindshooter 1/23/2018, 7:14 pm

CR10X wrote:This issue seems to come up every couple of years or so since they quit plating their primers.   Don't know if its maufacturing or something else.  Anyway. 

Just remember to clean the inside of the pick up tubes and primer feed tubes using small patch, very small rod and alcohol.   All that yellow suff is built up primer dust.  Make sure the crud and other debries are out the primer feed mechanisms.  Last, but not least, I've found that WW are just slightly taller than other primers as the anvil seems to stick out above the cup just a little more.  They are more apt to catch on parts as they run through the machines.  And so with much used / old .45 brass that has the base / primer hole battered to death, the WW does not seem to fully seat as easily or as much as on new brass. 

As a special service to those with problems using WW primers, just drop me a PM for my address and I'll safely dispose of them for you.   Laughing

If you're interested in some breech face pitting I have five or six hundred....on second thought I wouldn't do that to an enemy and I have no enemies I know of.


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Post by steve 61 2/13/2018, 1:27 pm

about two oversize per 100. going to cci

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Post by RustyJoints 2/13/2018, 10:29 pm

I agree with cleaning the tubes. I use a .22 cal. mop doused with acetone. I too push the stack of primers to the top of the loading tube with a piece of wire before flipping them over.
I also decap before wet tumbling my brass. This really keeps the press clean. It's like using new brass all the time.
I can't remember having any problems with Winchester primers and have been using 10K+ per year for the last four years.

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