Where does my problem lie, Primer seating, Brand..
OK, here's the deal.
Last week I loaded up 10 rounds at one grain, then another 7 at another, and took them out to test fire them against some factory rounds. The first ten felt a littler hotter than the factory, the 7 were a little lighter, so I decided to split the difference and go with that on my grain count.
However....The last shot, I pulled the trigger, nothing happened ( :22a: I hate those). I waited a few seconds, shook the gun a bit, then fired it a second time...BANG. I figured it was a fluke and left it at that I had been having some primer seating issues with my press that I have since fixed).
Friday, I loaded up about 340 rounds to have on stock, and shoot at the IDPA match Saturday.
When I was done, the wife came out to the man cave and I was showing her the press, how it worked, the components...She was perplexed with the primers and how they worked, so I took a case, put a fresh primer in it, removed it from the press, placed it in my weapon and fired it...nothing. I ejected it, observed it had a pretty good dent in it, re-inserted it and fired it again...BANG...well POP is a little closer. Getting concerned I loaded up another case, same results. 2 hits to get it to fire.
So here I am staring at 340 rounds of potential double taps. I am not pleased. I start randomly pulling rounds from the pile and inspecting them. Some primers are flush with the rim, some are slightly high (.0025). I look at the two that I just had issue with. 1 is flush, the other is high.
I was thinking that there may be a possibility of firing pin issues Friday night, so I disassembled my weapon and cleaned the firing pin, spring, and channel, reassembled with no oil (I usually keep a very light film of oil coating them. If it moves, it needs some lube).
Saturday at the shoot, the first string, 8 out of 25 required a second hit, but all fired (that did no do my time and accuracy much good). I cleaned out my mags and went back to my dwindling supply of factory ammo. Not one problem after that.
Sorry for the long preamble. I figured the more info you get the better diagnosis you can give.
I am using Remington 1 1/2 of unknown age and storage conditions.
Brass is pre-fired range brass, mixed brands.
I am new at this reloading thing, and I have not found any specific info on seating a primer other than it looks good, and there is no dent from the seating pin.
These rounds have not been fired in a different weapon (I only mention that because in my comparison of my reloads to other brass, I notice several types of primer indents, some masssive.
In another thread, I asked about primers, Remington was rated as softer than Winchester or CCI (which I plan on using once I find some - Denver is dry and I don't have $250 to justify ordering powder and primers online to justify the haz mat fee)
Where is my problem at? Other than operator error :twak:
If someone could also give me an ID10T explanation of how a primer works from in the package to insertion (is there a priming of the primer?) that would be nice too.
When I got back from the shoot, I loaded another 50 rounds after I adjusted the primer seating until there was a very slight indentation mark from the primer pin, and I do mean slight. I am not sure when I will get to test fire those.
Thanks in advance guys, and thanks for putting up with my newbie questions.