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Which SPP for .380 Auto?

Discussion in 'Reloading' started by Boxerglocker, Oct 22, 2010.

  1. Boxerglocker

    Boxerglocker Jacks #1 Fan

    Mar 6, 2003
    Lynnwood, WA
    Which primer manufacturer makes the softest small pistol primers, by softest I mean easiest to ignite. I'm having issues with some .380 Auto that I loaded a while back, can't remember what primers I used (could be Wolf, CCI, Magtech) but 2 out of every six are failing to ignite the first time. Sometimes takes 2 or 3 tries through the P3AT to get them to fire off, they aren't high either… which is weird.
    I want to load my next 500 rounds with the easiest igniting primers I can find. On the bright side this load is such a great performer for a pocket gun. This was the 40 rounds I tried out today, 8 yards strong hand only with 2 flyers off the see n shoot.
    Last edited: Oct 22, 2010
  2. 2wheelDuke


    Oct 8, 2010
    What are the specifics on that load? I started casting the Lee RN for the .380, and just worked up a starting load of 2.7gr of bullseye behind it.

    I'm using CCI primers for now, but haven't tried them in the Keltec yet.

  3. Boxerglocker

    Boxerglocker Jacks #1 Fan

    Mar 6, 2003
    Lynnwood, WA
    100g Berrys RN with 3.2g HP38 at 0.980 OAL... this is Freakshows commercial load recipe. I've shot a few hundred of these already with CCI SPP's they are great, but the last couple of hundred I loaded must've grabbed the wrong primers I want to just make sure the next batch has the easiest igniting ones I can find.
    Last edited: Oct 22, 2010
  4. sicbstrd


    Aug 7, 2008
    San Diego
    Im pretty sure its Federal. they seem to be the softest ones ive used
  5. GioaJack

    GioaJack Conifer Jack

    Apr 14, 2009
    Conifer, CO

    I loaded quit a few .380's for my Walther PP and LCP over the summer, prior to getting any Wolf primers.

    Loaded 'em all with a mixture of CCI, Federal and Winchesters without a problem... really didn't notice a difference at all.

    Been using HP-38, a little lighter than Freak's load, and can't complain about the performance.

    Last edited: Oct 22, 2010
  6. D. Manley

    D. Manley

    May 30, 2005
    Southern US
    Federal, hands down. My guess is you grabbed the Wolf...good enough primers overall but they do require more of a whack to set off than other primers.
  7. BigDog[RE]

    BigDog[RE] NRA Member

    Oct 11, 2005
    Miami, FL
    Fedral MATCH primers have the softest cup. I use them for my old PPC gun that has the lightest DA trigger pull I have ever seen.
  8. Boxerglocker

    Boxerglocker Jacks #1 Fan

    Mar 6, 2003
    Lynnwood, WA
    Federal is what I suspected would be the concensus... shame I traded a couple of thousand for some CCI's to a fellow IDPA club member that shoots revolver last summer... didn't realize I would have these issues. I know one of the local gunshop.reloading supply places here has them though so I'll pick up a brick. Thanks all. :wavey: