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11-22-2012, 14:02
Since I returned to reloading several years ago, this time for pistols only, I've used Winchester, CCI, and Federal primers, both Small and Large Pistol. They've all performed perfectly in my Glocks, with nary a failure, and perhaps because they're more easily available locally (at Bruno's), I've been using only Winchester SPs in my 357SIG loads the last couple years.

I read and posted in a recent primer-quality thread where several people complained of poor functioning of Winchesters; my comment was that I've used many thousands of WSPs with NO negative results.

So finally a question--from perspectives of reliability and performance, have you experienced ANY differences between Winchester and CCI SP primers?

I ask because CCIs from Powder Valley are significantly less expensive than Winchesters from Bruno's.

11-22-2012, 14:35
All I use are CCI primers.

11-22-2012, 14:52
If your gun is tuned with springs strong enough to set off CCI primers, then that's your huckleberry. CCI quality control is unsurpassed by any other company.

I have experienced FTF problems with Winchester primers, so I no longer use them for anything other than practice.

Most people I shoot with use Federal. But, most of those guys have highly tuned firearms that will not reliably set off any other brand.

SJ 40
11-22-2012, 18:02
My first choice for primers is Federal
second choice CCI
third choice Remington
I will not even purchase winchester, Ever again PERIOD SJ 40

11-22-2012, 18:12
I have had issues with Remington. Never uses Winchester. I have used a lot of CCI with never a issue. Just bought another 30,000.

11-22-2012, 19:31
I've never had a problem with Winchester primers. I doubt most threads about "primer quality". 99% of the problems are from reloaders not seating primers sufficiently. Unless a complaint about primers comes from someone known to me as being reliable, I blow it off.

And no, just because someone says they seated them "below flush" doesn't mean they were seated all the way. I had a problem a couple of years back with failures to fire on the first go around. I couldn't figure it out, several guns and calibers all the same, using WW primers fromn a case I had not had problems with. The primers were "below flush" and I bent over backwards to ensure full pressure on the handle was being applied. On the gazillionth time I stripped the shell carrier to look for some type of problem, I finally found it. The carrier was cracked. It looked like a part line from a mold, so I hadn't thought it was a crack. Once I replaced the carrier, all was well again.

11-22-2012, 19:39
my first choice is cci, then federal, winchester if its the only thing available.

11-22-2012, 19:56
I've used more Win SPP & LPP's more than CCI's. I have had a handful of the Win LPP's not ignite on the first try. Most did on the 2nd try. WhiskyT has me curious if my seating depth was the issue. Most were in the same box of 50. I have had a few, though not as many, CCI's not ignite on the first attempt. I happen to currently have mostly Win but recently picked up a bunch of S&B's and CCI's.

WiskyT: if they feel flush how would I determine if I'm seating incorrectly?

11-22-2012, 20:35
WiskyT: if they feel flush how would I determine if I'm seating incorrectly?

Got a decent caliper with the depth rod on it?

Measure the depth of the primer pocket with no primer. Measure the thickness of the primer. Subtract the primer thickness from the depth of the primer pocket and that should get you in the ballpark of how far the seated primer should be below the back of the case head.

11-22-2012, 21:22
WiskyT: if they feel flush how would I determine if I'm seating incorrectly?

If they go off on the first try:supergrin:

It has to be done by feel IMO. you can't feel the primer stopping on a progressive. You can feel it start, but you can't feel it stop. You feel the carrier stop, but not the primer itself. At least on the Pro1000 and 650 that I have.

On a SS you can feel the primer stop. On my RCBS partner I can not only feel the primer stopping, but I can go beyond that and deform it if I go to heavy on it. It's the same way with my RCBS hand primer, I can make them look like they are all flattened out. that's no good either because the priming compound is brittle and it can break and fall out of position which will render the primer useless.

So, on a progressive, I just put firm pressure on the handle and hope for the best. The only time I've had a problem was when the carrier on the Pro1000 was cracked. It must have been flexing just enough to cause some FF.

11-22-2012, 22:34
They need to be fully seated. Primers and primer pockets very in size. Just push hard and your done. That is below flush a decent amount in my experience.

11-23-2012, 02:21
I always go with CCI for SPP or LPP. Second is a tie between all others. I have never had a problem with CCI primers that were caused by the primers.

11-23-2012, 07:30

I have use CCI, Federal, Remington & Winchester in many of my load tests and I can only remember just a very few every misfiring. All were because of primer pocket/seating issues, and 1 or 2 Remington "no-go's".

I currently use Federal/CCI only because of availability, when I went to put my last bulk order in these two brands were in abundance and the other two were not. Between these two, I have enough primers to keep me happy for some time and to date, with this last batch, I have had not issues with either brand.

To your original point between Winchester & CCI - flip a coin... mine came up heads which was CCI. :thumbsup:

11-23-2012, 07:53
I've used both. And the only difference I can find is the primer feed on my 550 seems to prefer CCI over Winchester.

11-23-2012, 17:34
I have only used Remington primers up to this point, but the last time I bought primers at Powder Valley I just went with Winchester SP, got quite a few of them, hopefully they work out well.

I have loaded up a few hundred of them so far and they have functioned without any issues. If anything, I am getting a bump up in FPS with these primers compared to my Remington data, but they may just be temperature difference on the test days.

11-23-2012, 18:32
I get +30 FPS with Win LPP's.

11-23-2012, 20:24
I've almost entirely used CCI so far. I've sampled Magtech and Wolf LP.

I just picked up quantities of Fiocchi SP and Federal LP. I've loaded some rounds with them, but not been to the range with them yet. Loading the Federals, I don't know if it was just coincidence, or what, but I had one or more primers turn sideways and jam in the Dillon pickup tube tip (a few primers in). I ended up removing the tip, dumping the loose ones out, and still had to poke one last one out.

The Fiocchi and Federals seem to seat well enough. I remember when I loaded some Wolf LP, they were definitely more work to seat.

I'll update here in a few days when I've tested the above mentioned ammo/primers.

11-23-2012, 21:06
I too have had some issues with Winchester primers, although it was early in my reloading career and so maybe I was at fault? That said, I have had excellent results with CCI and Federal both.

11-23-2012, 21:24
I've used Winchester large and small pistol, and small rifle primers for many years and I've never had a problem.

11-24-2012, 00:50
I've long used CCI, but they're getting harder to pick up, and I've been finding more Federal.

11-24-2012, 15:49
This is an interesting thread. On my single stage press and priming with a Lee Hand primer, both CCI and Winchester seem to load almost the same. Edge goes to CCI. I've loaded mostly CCI. Just bought 5000 Winchester SPP (WSP) this past month. My Dillon Square Deal B for 9mm does not like the Winchester primers at all. It eats the CCI SPP with no issues. I was wondering if it was me doing something wrong or the Winchester SPP. So far, I think it is the primer, not me, but not sure. I just decided to set the Win SPP aside and use them in my hand primer 'til they are gone. Bought the Win last month as there were no CCI available and the price was @$26/1000. I'm glad I didn't buy more Winchester and hope the CCIs are back in stock at the gun show in December.

11-24-2012, 16:13
I'm happy to report, all my Fiocchi SP 9mm went bang on the first strike. There was a consistent loss of 10 FPS vs CCI SP, but (and this could just have been coincidence) the groups with Fiocchi primers were better. I've only used around 100 of them so far, but so far so good.

The Federal Champion LP worked fine too, but that wasn't surprising.

11-24-2012, 16:14
G36: I load on a Dillon 550 and have had no problems seating Win SPP's and I've loaded several thousands. Could it be a primer cup adjustment?

11-24-2012, 18:58
G36: I load on a Dillon 550 and have had no problems seating Win SPP's and I've loaded several thousands. Could it be a primer cup adjustment?

Thanks, I'll look into it. It has to be me and my set-up.

11-24-2012, 19:06
G36: I load on a Dillon 550 and have had no problems seating Win SPP's and I've loaded several thousands. Could it be a primer cup adjustment?

My issues with them were that they weren't even getting to the primer cup. Luckily I only had a thousand, but was never able to get through 100 with no issues. No problems so far with CCI.

11-24-2012, 20:06
Well, I only loaded 350 rounds before we moved and I had to shut down the press temporarily, but all of those were with Winchester SPPs and the 300 I got to shoot all performed perfectly. 9mm loads on a Lee Anniversary kit press with the native priming system.

Posted from my car phone.

11-25-2012, 14:31
A hearty thank you very much to all contributors.

I ordered 15K of CCIs from PV; about $460 delivered.

11-25-2012, 22:10
A hearty thank you very much to all contributors.

I ordered 15K of CCIs from PV; about $460 delivered.

I did the same thing a week or so ago when they got some in. I have always used Winchester and never had a failure so wasn't looking to change but I was having problems finding anyone that had the WSP primers in stock.

Maybe they will ship my stuff this week. According to their website they are behind on shipping if you ordered anything that also contained powder.