Primer seating problems

Discussion in 'The Ammo & Reloading Forum' started by LHamer, Nov 30, 2011.

  1. LHamer

    LHamer New Member

    Nov 30, 2011
    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

    Dec 16, 2008
    Are you using small pistol primers? Not rifle primers hugh?

  3. cycloneman

    cycloneman Well-Known Member

    Dec 16, 2008
    What tool are you using to seat them?
  4. woolleyworm

    woolleyworm Well-Known Member

    Feb 23, 2009
    SW Fort Worth
    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 Well-Known Member

    Mar 17, 2008
    Las Vegas NV
    Are they flush? That should be ok, other than that we need more info to help properly diagnose.
  6. LDBennett

    LDBennett Well-Known Member

    Dec 20, 2003
    Hesperia, CA
    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?

    Last edited: Dec 1, 2011
  7. JLA

    JLA Well-Known Member

    Feb 26, 2007
    Heart Of Texas
    primers gotta be .004" below flush.
  8. LHamer

    LHamer New Member

    Nov 30, 2011
    Using #1 1/2 small pistol primers. They are working fine in my 9mm
  9. howlnmad

    howlnmad Well-Known Member Supporting Member

    Nov 26, 2008
    Harriman, Tn
    Check the primer pockets on that 38 brass.
  10. BobMcG

    BobMcG Well-Known Member Supporting Member

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

    The Duke New Member

    Mar 11, 2006
    NW Louisiana
    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

    243winxb Member

    Aug 12, 2011
    Flush with the case head to .004" below is all thats needed.
  13. mikld

    mikld Well-Known Member

    Jun 24, 2009
    Hand priming tool or press mounted?
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