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Old 01-07-2012, 21:19   #1
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Question about Primers for reloads in a Glock

Hey everyone I want to know what yall use for your primers in your reloads especially ones to be used in a Glock. I use CCI primers in my rifle reloads but have heard not to use CCI in Glock reloads cause they are so hard to ignite using Glock firing pins which do yall use. federal, winchester, or what
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Old 01-07-2012, 21:21   #2
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I have a G21SF so I use Federal Large Pistol primers.

Some stores will sell primers in a box of 100. Why not just try some? I think if the springs are all stock, CCI primers will work fine. But I don't know that!

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Old 01-07-2012, 21:22   #3
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...heard not to use CCI in Glock reloads cause they are so hard to ignite using Glock firing pins...
Those who have told you that have no idea what they are talking about. I've been using CCI primers in all of my Glocks for years and have never had an issue. I also know many other shooters who use CCI primers in their Glocks and, again, absolutely no issues.

Oh yeah and this is with Competition springs installed...
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Old 01-07-2012, 21:23   #4
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Hey everyone I want to know what yall use for your primers in your reloads especially ones to be used in a Glock. I use CCI primers in my rifle reloads but have heard not to use CCI in Glock reloads cause they are so hard to ignite using Glock firing pins which do yall use. federal, winchester, or what
I've used Win, CCi, and Wolf SPP in 9mm for my three glocks. I've only used a few hundred Win, but thousands of CCI and Wolf. I've never had a failure to ignite ever.

So I wouldn't worry about it. Get whatever is cheap.
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Old 01-07-2012, 21:26   #5
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I've not had any problems in my 32 with them.
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Those who have told you that have no idea what they are talking about. I've been using CCI primers in all of my Glocks for years and have never had an issue. I also know many other shooters who use CCI primers in their Glocks and, again, absolutely no issues.

Oh yeah and this is with Competition springs installed...
I would have told him that... at least with competition springs. I had no problems with a stock striker spring, but do with Wolff spring. I have several bricks of CCI sitting on my shelf as I won't use them because of it. I would get 7-8 light strikes PER 100 rounds with the CCI. I get 100% reliability with Federal, but not CCI.

Charlie Vanek is known for his Glock trigger kits. I bought one, it came with TWO reduced power striker springs, of different "strengths". His instructions indicated the weakest one (yielding lightest trigger pull) could very possibly have light primer strikes with non-Federal primers, and if that occurred, to either switch to Federal primers or to use the second spring which should take care of the problem.

It is NOT just a myth. It happens.

Are you using a lightened striker too? Because if you are, that's not comparing apples-to-apples. I'm still using the stock striker.
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Old 01-07-2012, 22:09   #8
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Should I be the guy to point out that a glock has a striker and not a firing pin?

I suppose I should.

I use CCI for just about everything, which includes glocks.
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Old 01-07-2012, 22:12   #9
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Hey everyone I want to know what yall use for your primers in your reloads especially ones to be used in a Glock. I use CCI primers in my rifle reloads but have heard not to use CCI in Glock reloads cause they are so hard to ignite using Glock firing pins which do yall use. federal, winchester, or what
I use CCI. Even with my G34 and a reduced powder firing pin spring. 100% if seated properly. THAT is the important part. Some presses just will not fully seat them properly. Both my 550 and 650 do it perfectly. But even some people with a Dillon have issues with combo. YMMV.
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I've not had any problems in my 32 with them.
You have 32 Glocks?
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Those who have told you that have no idea what they are talking about. I've been using CCI primers in all of my Glocks for years and have never had an issue. I also know many other shooters who use CCI primers in their Glocks and, again, absolutely no issues.
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Old 01-07-2012, 22:19   #12
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I have had several CCI primers with decent fireing pin dings that didn't go off. But several out of thousands so not enough to worry about.
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Old 01-07-2012, 22:25   #13
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I have shot 2k of CCI through my G34 with a reduced spring without problems.
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You have 32 Glocks?
Probably a G32.
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I have had problems with WLP in my Glock model 30.

Federal 150 work fine though.
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Should I be the guy to point out that a glock has a striker and not a firing pin?

I suppose I should.

I use CCI for just about everything, which includes glocks.
Nitpicking but while logic may seem to tell you it's a striker, it is quite properly referred to as a firing pin...this, according to any Glock parts list you care to check.

To the OP's question, the information above is absolutely right, if you're running a stock setup there are no issues with virtually any primer brand you choose. If you are running a tweaked out gun with a lightened FP spring then go to the "primer of the gods", Federal. Winchester is a close second for easy, reliable 2nd choice and everything else takes just a tad more "whack" than those.
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Old 01-07-2012, 22:45   #17
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Are you talking about using pistol or rifle primers in your glock reloads?

During the "shortage" in 2008 many people started using rifle primers in pistol ammo, including myself. It works perfectly fine, with properly adjusted powder charges, with Winchester or Remington primers, but CCI rifle primers caused occasional misfires in my P-89. They fired on the second strike though. (Go DA/SA trigger.)
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Old 01-07-2012, 22:57   #18
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Well I use a factory stock spring and I am looking at CCI pistol primers or Federal primers

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Well I use a factory stock spring and I am looking at CCI pistol primers or Federal primers

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Speer makes CCI. No reason to not use CCI in a stock spring Glock.
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I'd buy the CCIs then. They're usually quite cheaper, and are a *potentially* a problem only if you start adding aftermarket parts.

As you read above, several swear "there isn't an issue", but I've load over 40,000 rounds with my 550. I've never had a Federal misfire. I never had a CCI misfire back when my gun was completely stock. After adding a Wolff spring, I was getting 6-7 light strikes per 100, and that happened through 2000-3000 of them (practice only, woudn't use them for a match). I got tired of even that, and plan on picking up a .380 one day and reloading for it, I'll save them for that gun.

The moral of the story:
Stock gun, no problems with CCIs that I've ever read.
There is *potential* for problems with CCIs if you lighten the striker spring.
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