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Primer Pockets

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Taking a break from the daily duties of reloading, today loading 308 to start with, having 100 black hills match and 100 Federal cases: here is what I have run into.

Primer of choice in CCI match LG rifle: on 7 of the Black hill cases the primer pocket was very tight, using my Lee hand primer that has primed more cases that I will admit to, I know how much pressure is needed to seat the primer, when the primer did not slide in pulled the case checked the pocket, checked the primer, both looked normal, try again, still more pressure than required, pulled case aside for further inspection. Getting the mic  out these primer pockets are undersized .004. Just asking if any one else has run into this on Black Hills cases, all the Federal went fine

 

V/R

M. Bird

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I've had primer pockets like that. I just push in the primer and couple rounds later, they fit right.

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I have also had tight primer

I have also had tight primer pockets with Winchester and Remington cases.  I loaded them, carefully, and went to the range.  After shooting them, the pockets were fine.

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i have had very tight primer

i have had very tight primer pockets on nickel/steel cases only. i also tried to use that primer pocket sealant as a lubricant, it didn't work. so i threw out 20 of those shiny-metal cases and never loaded them again. i instead switched to nosler custom brass. and it's AWESOME! but really expensive. $1.00/each shell for my .243 a little more for the 30-06.

if i felt the urge, you could try putting some redding sizing wax on the pocket, or shoot some hornady one-shot in there. that may help out the first time or two you fire that case.

if you force the primers in, inspect the first one you fire to see if gas ends up escaping from a fractured primer.

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