The recent reloading primer shortage has left many reloaders with few options for primers (if they are available at all). The good news is that some less common primers have surfaced or at least become more popular. I for instance have started using Wolf primers, and so far they have performed well for me both in the reloading press (feeding) and at the range.
For a while, I’ve been wondering about Fiocchi primers, so I thought I would give them a try, starting with small pistol (those have been hard for me to find in particular). I just got a shipment of 1500 of these primers (10 packs of 150) from Lucky Gunner (click here for product link) so that I could try these out.
The first test was to load up some 9mm ammo on the Hornady Lock-N-Load AP. The primers loaded without issue- and I was using mixed headstamp brass (sometimes a grab bag for primer seating consistency).
Next, I measured these primers in comparison with Winchester Small Pistol (WSP), and here’s what I found:
Diameter: 0.175″ (Winchester), 0.175″ (Fiocchi)
Height: 0.119″ (Winchester), 0.120″ (Fiocchi)
So dimensionally, they seem pretty equivalent. Next, I’ll take these to the range and shoot a bunch of 9mm reloads with my Glock 17 to test out ignition performance. Following that, I think I’ll try some Fiocchi Large Pistol Primers!
I’ll let you all know how it goes. Anyone want to share their experiences with these primers?