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    Large pistol primers

    What brand large pistol primers do you like best?

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    I like the cheapest I can find.

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    Federal

    They have been the most consistent for guns like the Redhawk which has a light primer strike. Also a favorite with the Cowboy Action crowd.
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    Whatever is on sale. I usually end up with Winchester. A primer is a primer is a primer. The differences are insignificant except for magnum primers.

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    I'm a CCI fan. But I've used about all of them.

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    I have only used CCI. Winchester, Remington and Wolf. When I work up a load I stick with one and if I choose another, I'll do another work up. I don't remember getting any "bad" primers except for 2 or three in the last 30 years (and two CCI primers had the anvils fall out)...

    None of the 9 handguns I own that use large pistol primers have ever needed a "hard" or "soft" cup.
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    I started with CCI and used them exclusively for years until the ammo shortage happened and I couldn't get them, then found a good deal on Winchester and bought like 5 cases, so I'm using Winchester now except for when I need a Magnum primer, then I still use the CCI.

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    I used to use CCI exclusively, but now I use whatever I can find on sale. I bought a bunch of Sellier & Bellot because they were cheap, and have had no problems with them.
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    Quote Originally Posted by GSP7 View Post
    What brand large pistol primers do you like best?
    All of them.

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    In my serious bullseye target shooting days I preferred Federal primers, but these days any US made primer by CCI, Federal, Remington or Winchester is fine. I look for the best price on 5000 case quantities.

    Of the imported primers RWS and Norma were excellent back in the day and I would actually prefer them now if I could get them.

    I've experienced dimensional incompatibility problems with Russian and Eastern-European primers, Tula, Sellier & Bellot, etc. and will not use them.

    During the primer scarcity I did get some Fiocchi small pistol primers and they were very good and I would feel confident using them if available for a good price.
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    Currently using and buying Winchester as it’s what I can get I do have chedite in shotgun but also have some federal for both pistols and shotgun but Ive worked up loads with Winchester large pistol and don’t feel like redeveloping my loads I just finished working up. And shooters at my club have had a bad run with CCI lately one member had over 30 dud primes from cci in one case of 209 shotgun

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    i use cci for everything

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    CCI, was gifted some Tula SR they work ok in my 17 hh and .380
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    Winchester is my first choice, part of my preference is affordability and availability.
    But I'll use 'em all, rarely had any issues.

    I have acquired some brands no longer available at Gunshows, the only one's of those I had problems with, are Herters "Perfect" LP Primers ...yes, the Irony is as thick as molasses, LOL
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    I have CCI and winchester..... getting short

    Only have CCI in stock local , so I be gettin' couple bricks

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    I also buy based on price and availability. Anymore it’s whatever is cheaper.

    I’d always used CCI but then during the shortage I started using federal because that’s all I could find around here.

    I’ve used CCI, Federal, Wolf, Tula, Winchester and Sellier & Bellot. All have worked great, no noticeable difference to me, except the Sellier & Bellot are harder to seat in my experience.

    I just ordered some Unis Ginex SPP from midsouth to try for $114/5k and Fiocchi LPP for $35/1500
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    I've not had bad luck with whatever is cheapest or I happen to buy. Tula, Win, Rem, Fiocchi. Doesn't seem to matter.
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    Federal and Winchester at my go to primers
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