light primer strikes with CCI

Joined: March 22nd, 2017, 8:54 pm

April 12th, 2018, 7:48 pm #1

I have a S&W Model 10 PPC revolver made by James Keefer. I purchased the revolver from another shooter and started reloading my ammo. My load data is pretty standard:

148 HBWC bullets \Federal cases\ CCI SP primers\ WW231 3.1 grains flush with case neck. I have heard that CCI primers are more difficult to ignite especially in a custom revolver with a light DA trigger. I fired 50 rounds. Some ignited, some did not. Can any experienced reloader for PPC revolvers help me? I sent the gun to S&W and they would not work on it because of the aftermarket barrel. The revolver is extremely accurate when it does fire and I really cannot afford factory ammunition. Thanks.
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Joined: December 29th, 2016, 8:08 am

April 12th, 2018, 8:54 pm #2

I'll get in first but your answer is to switch over to Federal Small Pistol Primers. The next softest is the Winchester and after that you may get into the same situation with light strikes. This is based on the assumption that your reloader is seating the primers deep enough, I usually look for a roundish bump on top that says the anvil is sitting hard on the outer casing.
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Joined: March 22nd, 2017, 8:54 pm

April 13th, 2018, 12:41 pm #3

Thanks Andrew; I cannot find Federal SP primers anywhere. If you have a source would you let me know?
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Joined: August 21st, 2013, 3:31 pm

April 13th, 2018, 5:12 pm #4

Right now Federal primers not to be found for some unknown reason. You can do couple of things. Get a heavier hammer spring, put a shim under the strain screw for little additional tension(don't particularly like this), and or take a little off at a time of the underside of the strain screw head so you can turn in more until you get good strikes. Winchesters next best bet my opinion.
My experience with a Bob Jones gun, have to turn in 1/2 turn(from Federal setting) to get gun to work with WW primers. Hope this helps you.
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Joined: March 22nd, 2017, 8:54 pm

April 13th, 2018, 6:03 pm #5

It helps a great deal JB. Thanks. If I didn't have 600 rounds of ammo loaded with CCI primers, I would feel so bad!
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Joined: April 10th, 2016, 2:00 am

April 13th, 2018, 7:10 pm #6

I gotta agree.. federal primers are the only way to go when using a fine tuned revolver with a light hammer. CCI, Winchester and Remington all work fine with autos but I’d never use them with my Revolver. If you’re in California there’s a place in Covina that has federal primers.. both standard and match. He doesn’t hold anything and he doesn’t ship.. first come first served in person only.
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Joined: March 22nd, 2017, 8:54 pm

April 13th, 2018, 8:41 pm #7

I, unfortunately, live in New York State. Appreciate the info though.
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Joined: January 23rd, 2018, 6:46 pm

April 16th, 2018, 11:15 am #8

Google Bruno Shooters Supply in Arizona. They have had Fed 100 and/or Fed 100 Match primers in stock off/on (most on) for at least the last year. I have been purchasing from them for some time and seem to be a good bunch of people. At Christmas, they even had No HAZMAT - No shipping fees! AND, their prices were comparable to other retailers that were selling Fed 100's when they had them. Good luck, ken
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Joined: March 22nd, 2017, 8:54 pm

April 16th, 2018, 3:25 pm #9

thanks....should have some coming soon!

Semper Fi!
John
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Joined: May 21st, 2017, 12:47 pm

May 20th, 2018, 1:09 am #10

If you can't find Federal primers the problem is still easily fixed.  Remove the strain screw and the hammer spring and you will see that it is slightly curved toward the action of the pistol.  Hold the spring with your thumb pointing toward the top of the spring and hold it the same way it sits in the revolver.  Press the top of the spring against your bench and press a little to take some of the curve out of it. (basically, straighten the spring out a little) This will increase the hammer fall and stop your misfires.
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