Loading .380 acp an light strikes

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    Loading .380 acp an light strikes

    Just thought I would throw this out there for general info. I started loading some .380 because could not find any at the local stores. I took some to the range an had several light strikes kept pulling the trigger an the second or third time it they fired. These were CCI small pistol primers. I switched to winchester an no problems at all. The CCI were fine for anything bigger.
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    The different brands of primers do seem to have different sensitivities. I can't confirm it, but Federal primers have a reputation (= internet lore) for being "soft," and CCIs are allegedly "hard."

    I've been using just Winchester primers for all for 2+ years now, with no probs at all on .45 and .30-06. One of the four .38s has some ignition failures, but I think that's the gun (light hammer spring) and not the primers.
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    I've used mainly CCIs over the years and other than two duds from the same pack many years ago, I've never had a problem in any firearm of any caliber.

    I view "light strikes" as a firearm issue, not a primer issue. A properly operating firing pin/striker should ignite any primer that is not defective, regardless of name brand. The fact that they fired on second/third strike shows the primer were not defective (They either work or don't). Perhaps you didn't seat the primers completely, thus the anvil wasn't bottomed out.
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    How old is your gun? It's possible the spring has weakened, or the firing pin is worn. What do the primers look like using the Winchester primers? Are they deep, or shallow? I've never had a problem with CCI.

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    Just thought I would throw this out there for general info. I started loading some .380 because could not find any at the local stores. I took some to the range an had several light strikes kept pulling the trigger an the second or third time it they fired. These were CCI small pistol primers. I switched to winchester an no problems at all. The CCI were fine for anything bigger.

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    One other possibility may be that the primers were not seated all the way. The first hit seated it and the next fired it. A softer primer would have fired the first time. This happened to me once, After that I was more careful to clean the primer pockets. DR

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