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Sellier & Bellot Ammo - Hard Primers - Have You Had Problems?

This is a discussion on Sellier & Bellot Ammo - Hard Primers - Have You Had Problems? within the Defensive Ammunition & Ballistics forums, part of the Defensive Carry Discussions category; My Kel-tec P-32 has problems with S&B ammo and light primer strikes. No problems with any other brand ammo. I've heard that S&B does use ...

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    My Kel-tec P-32 has problems with S&B ammo and light primer strikes. No problems with any other brand ammo. I've heard that S&B does use hard primers on most of their ammo. However, I've had no problems with their 45ACP in my 1911s or Glocks.


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    I have shot 3000-4000 S&B's in 9mm in my CZ with NO failures. Different guns, different ammo.

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    A friend of mine had a similar issue with Wolf ammo. His M&P45 would not shoot Wolf ammo because of light primer strikes. He ended up giving me his entire pile of Wolf 45 ammo. I shot most of the ammo he gave me through my (now sold) Taurus PT145 without a single FTF. Just goes to re-iterate that guns can be finicky with ammo and that's why its a good idea to test out what works best in your particular gun. My local range used to stock S&B ammo and have bought it from them a few times and had no issues with light primer strikes in my 45's. I've gone through a couple thousand rounds of S&B 9mm without any issue and its usually what I stock pile in that caliber because its been really a great performer at a really low price.
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    The strain screw on my S&W backed out under shooting, and so I was getting lighter primer strikes. With S&B ammo, about 80% no fires in DA. With Blazer, about 20%. Still fired 100% in SA.

    Found out about the strain screw, and turned it all the way in with locktite. No issues with any ammo, but the fact that my problem was much worse with S&B than Blazer makes me suspect they had harder primers.

    Also - while I'm a big fan of revolvers and don't carry anything else, this shows that revolvers are NOT 100% reliable. Any gun can have a problem on any given day.

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    The only problem I have had was with a 9mm striker pistol, never had a problem with S&B with a hammer on the pistol.


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    I had a number of issues with S&B ammo in my FNP40, primarily failure to feed. I quit using it.
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    From what I've been told S&B does have "hard" primers.
    Magtech also, my experience with them hasn't been well.
    Federal primers are as "soft" as you can get.

    What's funny is the indent on the .32 S&W-L bullets from Prvi Partizan appears much lighter on fired cartridges than on fired Magtech catridges, yet I haven't had one misfire with them.

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    My G26 doesn't like S&B (or Fiocchi, for that matter). Ridiculous number of FTEs. Shoots everything else that I've used with no problems. So much for Glocks eating anything.

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    My G19 sees a lot of S&B; it's the cheapest brass cased ammo I can find locally (under $10/box.) I've never had any issues with it, and my brother has never had any problems with it through his Ruger P95.

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    S&B is my "standard" range ammo - never had any issue with it that wasn't gun related - no failure to fire, reasonably clean. I think my CZ would shoot nails without a problem. My smaller carry pieces seem to shoot them fine, also. Two guns giving an issue might point to an ammo problem - but just to be on the safe side i'd have someone look at the guns. since you probably won't carry the S&B for SD - if the ammo is bad - no big deal, shoot it up, but in the case that it could be the pistols, might they light stike a SD round at some point?
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    S & B have been flawless in my LCP...in fact it is my carry ammo...

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    Hard Primers

    I have been reloading 10mm and I used Sellier & Bellot 5,3 LP Boxer primers, and my Glock 20 will not set of but about 20% of them they are VERY hard primers. I will probably use them in my 44mag instead.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Magnum View Post
    I've fired S&B .45 for many years, never had any problem. Great ammo. I believe S&B is now owned by Magtech .
    I've fired hundreds of 12G rounds thru my shotguns over the years, many of which were S&B 12G. Never had a problem. Back when I was a member of WAC and I got down to Monroe for their shows I was always on the make for S&B 12G ammo. I've shot 0,00,000, BB, #4Buck and Slugs in my Mossy 500 and never had nary a problem.
    Best part was it was cheap. I usedta could get 25R boxes $10 per. I bought all my truck could carry. I still would if I could get it for $10 for 25R.
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    I had issues with SB ammo through my LC9. No issues with it in my beretta px4 subcompact, or the Glocks I've tried. Looked like light strikes and I've never had a problem with any other ammo through the same gun.

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    I gave a friend of mine a box of S and B .38 special rounds to fire out of his colt detective special, and he had multiple ftf problems. I shot the rest of the same box out of my Smith 586, and had no issues. I believe the colt had an exceptionally lightened up trigger. I believe this could happen depending on the firearm and the type of S and B being used.

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