Winchester Winclean "duds"

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    Winchester Winclean "duds"

    I went to the range today (yeah!). Most of my shooting was done with my Glock 27. I shot 2 boxes Winchester Winclean FMJ, and a box of mixed Federal Hollowpoints (HST and Hydrashok). The bad part was that out of 100 Winclean rounds, 5 didn't go "boom". There is a clear mark where the firing pin hit. All the Federal rounds worked fine. I shot one or two boxes of Winclean in the past with no duds... is this something to be concerned about with my Glock? Or should I write it off as bad (cheap) ammo? Its my every day carry, so I want it to go "boom" rather then "click" when it has to. My current carry ammunition is Federal HST.
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    As long as your carry is reliable with your carry ammo, I wouldn't worry about practice ammo. Just make sure you keep up with the failures that you do have...i.e. same magazine, or second to last shell, or whatever. Just in case a pattern develops.

    IMO, if the only malfunctions you had were from one box of ammo, I would definitely blame the ammo over anything else.
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    did you try running the rounds through a second time,sometimes it could be hard primers and sometimes bad primers but to get 5 in 100 is kinda unusual
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    I didn't run them again. Will try it next time. Its was actually 4 duds in one box and 1 in the second box. I didn't see a pattern but didn't pay attention (and not enough failures to see a pattern so far anyway). both boxes came from the same order and have the same "carton number" (closest thing I found to a serial number)
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    I see in forums that people have had problems, but I have used thousands of these rounds with zip problems and never seen anyone else with a dud. Must be a certain batch, did you check their website for recalls, I believe the lot # is stamped into the box.

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    Contact Winchester, they probably don't want you to mail them back but may send a representative out to retrieve them and the container. More than likely he will give you coupons or credits for a whole box in return. At least this has worked with other products I have found defective, but I have not tried this with Winchester.

    If I were the manufacturer I would want to be able to retrieve some duds so that I could improve my quality control.

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    Winclean primers tend to be harder since they do not contain lead. I'd give them a second strike next time you are at the range for the heck of it, 5% is definitely an unreasonable amount of duds.

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    Winclean is the only ammo that's ever made my USP choke.

    After 2 mags of FTF's every other round, I traded about 80 rounds to a shooting buddy for a half-pack of Lucky Strikes and a warm Coke.

    I still think I got the better end of that deal.
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    Back in my highpower rifle days, Winchester primers were well known for being HARD and resilient to some firing pins.

    It may not hurt to clean out the glock's striker channel just in case some gunk is starting to build up there.

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