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Old 11-23-2016, 11:22 AM
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I picked up some thousand boes of CCI small pistol primers. Some of these seem tp be very hard and don't go off on the first strike. Usually the second pr third strike sets them off. Anyone ran into this before?
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Old 11-23-2016, 11:49 AM
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CCI's are thought to be a little "harder" than the other common primer brands. I've been using CCI's for a long time - small pistol, large pistol, and small rifle. Never had a problem lighting one off in a firearm with standard springs. Trigger pull lightened revolvers, yes, problems, use Federal Match. But any standard 1911, plastic pistol, or revolver should detonate them fine.

Usually, the culprit with this type of problem is not seating the primer deep enough. The first strike of the hammer "seats" the primer to the correct depth, and the second strike sets it off.
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Old 11-23-2016, 11:53 AM
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Some of these seem tp be very hard and don't go off on the first strike. Usually the second pr third strike sets them off. Anyone ran into this before?

The upside is you can tell if you are flinching or not .

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Old 11-23-2016, 12:13 PM
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CCI are very hard compared to others.

Also make sure you are fully seating them. If they are even the slightest bit high, they wont light off.
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Old 11-23-2016, 12:45 PM
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I prefer CCI over the rest of the primers. 85% of what I reload is the them. I can not remember the last lite strike that I have had with any primer.
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Old 11-23-2016, 12:50 PM
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As long as the primer pockets are clean and the primer is seated correctly I have not had any issues with them.
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Old 11-23-2016, 08:24 PM
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I have had seating issues with CCI on both the RockChucker and 550B. I have been using S&B for the past 15K of SP loads and they have worked better for me.
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Old 11-23-2016, 08:53 PM
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I use CCI for everything except Large Pistol where I use Winchester which double as normal and magnum primers. I did get 100 Federal large pistol for some .45acp SD loads I made up just because I hear they are less hard and to try them out. All of my firearms are set up for practical use and not target so I don't put in light ignition springs.
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Old 11-23-2016, 08:56 PM
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CCI primers...solid performer in my book.
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Old 11-23-2016, 09:10 PM
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I prefer CCI to all other brands. They work well on the Dillon. I prefer them to Federal primers.
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Old 11-23-2016, 09:58 PM
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I've used them for countless rounds for Bullseye with light loads. Never an issue.

That said, my experience doesn't negate yours.
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Old 11-23-2016, 10:01 PM
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70K CCI SPP through a Hornady LNL without an issue. I bought some S&B as backup stock and these work well: SA 9mm 1911 with 19 lb. mainspring, 1X firing pin spring and steel firing pin FWIW.
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Old 11-23-2016, 10:11 PM
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I have had no trouble from CCI in automatics.
Strangely enough, Remington 1 1/2 small pistol are troublesome. Bought my first during Hillary Panic. I had a couple of high primer type misfires yesterday in spite of an easier feel when seating them. Also a lot of extrusion and scraping of the indent.
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Old 11-23-2016, 10:59 PM
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I picked up some thousand boes of CCI small pistol primers. Some of these seem tp be very hard and don't go off on the first strike. Usually the second pr third strike sets them off. Anyone ran into this before?
I have use them all, one time or another. Now I only use CCI primers. If you are having light primer strikes, you have another problem.
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Old 11-23-2016, 11:32 PM
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been using them for years and have only had one " hard " primer. will keep buying for sure.
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Old 11-24-2016, 02:13 AM
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They are known for being harder then some of the others
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Old 11-24-2016, 06:14 AM
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My experience is similar to RetiredRod, no problems on anything except my wife's 442 Airweight that I installed an Apex trigger kit to lighten it up a bit, occasional FTF, usually fires on the second go 'round though.
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Old 11-24-2016, 06:22 AM
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I've been using them for many, many years and have had no ignition problems.
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Old 11-24-2016, 07:55 AM
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4000 rounds with no misfires.
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Old 11-24-2016, 08:05 AM
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CCI are very hard compared to others.

Also make sure you are fully seating them. If they are even the slightest bit high, they wont light off.
This ^ Agreed....same problem here.
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Old 11-24-2016, 08:06 AM
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The only times I have had problems getting CCI primers to fire have been when I did not seat them fully, when I loaded some small rifle primers into some 9mm loads, and when I had a handgun with a light hammer strike.

I have an old Colt double action revolver that has a hard time setting off a primer when fired double action. I once had a Judge that was the same way.

I had a batch of 45 Auto reloads that had high primers due to a situation I easily fixed. They frequently required an additional hammer strike or two.

You might want to make sure the primer pockets are clean so the primers seat completely and then experiment with those primers in a variety of different handguns to see whether you can establish a pattern of which handguns will fire them and which will not.

If you can't get them to work 100%, put them on the back shelf and get some different primers that might. If the new primers don't work either, you know the primers are not the problem. If the new primers do work, your problem has been solved with just a bit of money wasted on components you can't use.
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Old 11-24-2016, 10:04 AM
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CCI SPP & LPP have worked well and I prefer 19# mainsprings. No complaints with CCI.
For the last several years I just get what is available among the major brands.
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Old 11-24-2016, 03:21 PM
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99% of the thousands of primers I've loaded in the last 30+ years have been CCI, the only issue I've EVER had with light strikes was the POS Taurus revolver, once the primer slide was set up correctly on my Dillon 550B I haven't had any issues seating them either.
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