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Old 06-30-2013, 03:08 PM   #1
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Went to the range yesterday and fired my pf9. I have never seen this happen before, but I had five rounds out of a box of fifty that did not fire. All the ammo that did not fire had really nice neat deep round hits on the primer. Has anyone heard of this problem with PMC ammo.
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Not as a rule. Most of the time, a "nice deep dent" doesn't indicate a hard primer cup, more likely a bad batch of primers. I would contact PMC with the box in hand so they can get the lot codes off of it. I would be pretty certain that if they did have a bad batch of primers that they probably already know, or at least suspect it. Anytime I've ever had problems from factory ammo, the manufacturer is really good about replacements or refunds, although I've never had a problem to contact PMC about.

Did the firing pin pierce any of the primer cups, leaving a hole in the fired ammo, no matter how small? Hard primer cups are usually found in military ammo, mostly stuff intended for automatic weapons, though different manufacturers have different specs for the hardness of their primer cups, Winchester being notorious for having soft primers, for example.

Hope this helps, some, and it would be nice if you post here after you follow up with PMC, as I'm sure many would be interested in the outcome.

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I would say that PMC Bronze does have hard primers... I've got a Glock 34 that I had changed the springs in, including that firing pin spring... The PMC was the only ammo I had problems with just like you had... I had a few rounds that dented the primer well but didn't fire... After talking to a gunsmith friend I changed the springs back to stock and haven't had any more problems...
All that being said, I haven't had any other problems with PMC (in my other Glocks and Kel Tecs) and it does seem to be a softer recoiling round... Maybe loaded a bit less 'strong' than most other rounds... I still shoot what I have but have leaned towards other brands since and probably won't purchase any more...
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