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?
4 thoughts on “Reloading primers: Fiocchi Small Pistol”
I’m using Fiocchi Large Pistol primers in my .45 ACP loads and they work fine. Plenty of accuracy out of my 1911A1 with 7.0 Grains of Power Pistol and 230 Gr FMJ bullets.
I’ve been using Fiocchi primers in my RCBSpro2000 for about a year now. I load both 9mm and .45 acp I have had great success with primer feed in the press and the RCBS uses primer strips. The primers shoot as well as the federal primers I’ve used in both calibers, I have noticed that the Fiocchi are not as hot as the CCi small and large pistol primers so you change your powder accordingly. There isn’t a big discrepancy I just like to be careful and don’t need a broken firearm. However I’ve been searching all over for load data on these primers with little to no success, so if anyone knows where to find any please list the links on this site so we can all enjoy our time at the range with confidence.
Thanks for the report Mark! I’m not aware of any Fiocchi-specific load data.
Did you do any cup thickness measurements? Just curious. I’d be interested to see what niche the Fiocchi fills compared the other choices (could just be that they are cheaper…or available).
A good primer on primers here (no Fiocchi info though)