Is this a defective primer?

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  1. Shopfox

    Shopfox Well-Known Member Supporter

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    I'm loading up some .308 hunting ammo, and am getting ready to prime.

    I unboxed 10 Federal match LR primers. After getting them oriented correctly, I noticed 1 was different. It looks like it's been overfilled with primer compound. I slid it away from the others in the attached picture.

    I've never checked my primers before. Is this one defective? Would you load it up and shoot with it? 20200502_095458.jpg
     
  2. PaBushMan

    PaBushMan Well-Known Member

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    I would use it. I have used magnum primers in place of standard. Have to use them sometimes to get blue dot to burn all the way. That primer will have a little more flame.
     
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  3. winds-of-change

    winds-of-change The Balota's Staff Member Admin Moderator Lifetime Supporter

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    How is it defective? It looks like all the others to my untrained eye.
     
  4. Shopfox

    Shopfox Well-Known Member Supporter

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    Two ways:
    - There's a bubble/buildup of primer compound at the 1:00 position.
    - if you look at the red buildup (looks like 3 petals) on the other primers, you can see some brass color shading through in the middle. On the primer that has excess, look at the 9:00 position. There's a heavier deposit, and you can't see the brass color shining through.
     
  5. Txhillbilly

    Txhillbilly Well-Known Member

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    It's fine,just load it and shoot it.
     
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  6. winds-of-change

    winds-of-change The Balota's Staff Member Admin Moderator Lifetime Supporter

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    Thank you. I see it now.
     
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