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post #1 of 5 (permalink) Old 12-19-2017, 01:39 PM Thread Starter
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Why you don't use 20 year old primers!

Went out hunting today and took my Super Comanche 410/45lc. I recently decided to load some 444 marlin brass to shoot in the 410. Problem is that I am cheap and used some primers I have had around for about 20 yrs. First time I pulled the trigger was a misfire, but the second time it went off and I connected. This was the first rabbit I have tried the 444/410 loads on. I will use new primers on the next batch.

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post #2 of 5 (permalink) Old 12-19-2017, 06:22 PM
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Enjoyed watching your video! I've never been on a rabbit hunt with beagles, need to do it sometime!!

BTW, I have reloaded shells with 209's that were much older than that!!
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I'm still reloading shells with primers and powder that my dad bought in the early '70s. Not to say that it won't occur, but I've never had a fail to fire. I also acquired some shells from the '50s and '60s. I've been shooting them without problems as well. Those primers are way over 20 years old.

As long as the primers have not been wet and aren't corroded, what would cause them to have problems?
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Cool video good dog.
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post #5 of 5 (permalink) Old 12-21-2017, 08:36 PM
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You could try fireforming 9.3 x 74 brass, the case will be almost as long as a fired 3 in. 410. Could the mis fire been from chamber slop? I tried the 9.3 x74 in my contender, I just could not find a suitable wad, as you gain case capacity over the 410 because of the increase in diameter of the fireformed brass being sized to 45 diameter and also probably because the brass is thinner than the 410 plastic. If there was a .45 plastic wad that would be long it may have been good. Even the 410 wads are not long enough for a 3in case to get all the shot in and too small in diameter, for the case when fireformed to the 45 diameter chamber. Like to hear of different tries to get all you can from a 410 handgun. You may have better luck one the cases are sized to your chamber from the first or second firing.
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