Primer seating problems

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  1. LHamer

    LHamer New Member

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    I am loading 38 special and having trouble getting the primers to seat deep enough. Have cleaned pockets. Any suggestions. Thanks
  2. cycloneman

    cycloneman Well-Known Member

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    Are you using small pistol primers? Not rifle primers hugh?
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    cycloneman Well-Known Member

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    What tool are you using to seat them?
  4. woolleyworm

    woolleyworm Active Member

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    double check your primer size, then make sure your punch and your shell-holder are correct. If they are correct, then check the alignment as the primer is going up into the case. Also, check your cases to make sure you don't have any mil .38 with crimped primers, they are out there.
  5. 312shooter

    312shooter Active Member

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    Are they flush? That should be ok, other than that we need more info to help properly diagnose.
  6. LDBennett

    LDBennett Well-Known Member

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    They need to seat a few thousandths below flush, not just flush.

    Could it be that the cases formerly had crimped in primers and the remaining crimp is causing the problem?

    LDBennett
    Last edited: Dec 1, 2011
  7. JLA

    JLA Well-Known Member

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    primers gotta be .004" below flush.
  8. LHamer

    LHamer New Member

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    Using #1 1/2 small pistol primers. They are working fine in my 9mm
  9. howlnmad

    howlnmad Well-Known Member

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    Check the primer pockets on that 38 brass.
  10. BobMcG

    BobMcG Well-Known Member Supporting Member

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    Just for the heck of it, what brand of brass are you using?
  11. The Duke

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    Make sure you have the proper primer seating head on your priming tool...A large head wont set the small primer of the .38spl correctly...Just my best guess..
  12. 243winxb

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    Flush with the case head to .004" below is all thats needed.
  13. mikld

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    Hand priming tool or press mounted?
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