Load, Aim, Fire!


Cases for 45 ACP handgun primers with tiny primers have just been available from a few manufacturers. Why? What if? This is a problem you must face. Therefore, people are running tests on smaller and bigger samples, both with and without the clock. Federal and Fiocchi are using small handgun primers in their ammunition. With all the powders tested, a large pistol primer resulted in a higher velocity. This is partly due to a more excellent ignition provided by the vast handgun primer. The felt recoil varied by about 100 FPS with some of the ammunition. A 3″ and 5″ barrel and other firearms with the same length of the barrel may be seen. It only shows that even the most minor tweak in the details may significantly impact the outcome. The new load should be reduced by around 5% if you work with a maximum load and change any components. The additional weight may push you beyond the limit.

Primers for Pistol and Rifle

Both large pistol primers and small ones are available. Handguns and rifles are the following two subcategories. Standard and magnum primers are also available. In addition, there are some built for military and target loads and others that are more general purpose. You must select the correct primer to ensure that your ammo is high quality. Primers that included mercury fulminate were highly corrosive and would weaken the casings. To avoid the formation of pits in the barrel, you would need to clean the rifle as quickly as possible after using corrosive old primers. Foreign military munitions manufactured today are corrosive, and some but not all of it has been designated as such. If you are unsure, regard it as caustic. Berdan corrosive primers may be cheaper to produce, which may be why they’re being produced.

Primers for Handgungs

Since the firing pin drop isn’t as forceful, primers for handguns have softer cups than those for rifles. They aren’t quite the same height as a rifle, nor do they have the same amount of igniting material because they don’t need to light as much powder. Using improper primer, such as a rifle primer in a pistol cartridge, is not a wise idea. As a result, it may protrude from the case, and since the cup is more rigid, it may not be able to dislodge. Additionally, powder overheating is a risk. A small or big pistol primer can be used in a rifle cartridge to fix the issue. There are, of course, exceptions to the rule. I’ve had two black powder rifles fail to ignite a rifle primer for the past few weeks due to weakened mainsprings. Using a handgun primer because they are low-pressure black powder weapons, and everything went well. With today’s firearms, that procedure is not advised.

The primer must not protrude from the casing when seated since this might create several issues. The cylinder will not spin in a revolver if the primers are too high. High primers can cause another type of deadly slam fire in various guns. Improperly installed primers can also lead to misfires and uneven ammunition. When you seat a primer, there should be a tingling sensation, but it should not be overbearing. Some problems may arise if the seats are difficult to put in. A shattered pistol primer can cause an under-fired ammunition load, so it’s essential to inspect the primers before firing. The primer may fall out of the gun if it doesn’t feel like it’s in there. These cases should be thrown away.

Despite its diminutive stature, the primer deserves the same regard as all the other components in a round. If this isn’t done, you’ll get subpar ammunition.