Since everybody is being good to me these days, I might as well put something else up for consideration.
I usta own a snub-nosed Rossi 38 Special Revolver, and a time or two, it didn't go bang, apparently because the primer wasn't indented properly.
I did two things to remedy this problem, and had no more misfires.
First, I increased the tension on the hammer spring, by putting a spacer under a little toggle thingy that held the hammer spring. It was easily accessible when I removed the grips.
Second, I switched to Federal Primers, because I was told that they were softer than the CCIs that I was using. I began using Federal Small Pistol primers in both 38 and 357 handloads, and have continued even though I no longer have that 38 Special, and presumably no longer have the potential problem either.
NOW, recently, I went to a Gun Show, and like many good husbands have done, I purchased a rather unique 38 Special revolver for my Lovely Wife. BTW, she really likes it, even though, she isn't a Gun Nut like me. She is quite sensible, although I suppose, you could make the case that she had a rather serious lapse in judgment, some 35 plus years ago.
This is what I've discovered so far. When I shoot any of the 38 Special handloads, I have made up, 1 or 2, out of 6, of them have slightly pierced primers. This is noticeable because of some yaller colored stain on the firing pin.
OK, IF, I use factory loads, or handloads with the CCI Small Pistol Primers this doesn't occur, or at least hasn't ever, so far, and I've put quite a few cylinders full through the gun so far.
SO, can I feel comfortable that the Federal Primers are too soft for this revolver?
AND, that Federal Primers, are indeed softer than some others, like the CCIs and the ones in Winchester Factory loads?
OR, can there be another problem, like with the gun, as in the firing pin on the hammer having a, too sharp edge, so that it occasionally cuts into the primer cup?
This revolver is a Colt Police Positive, with a 4 inch barrel.
Thanks for any insights, notions, etc..
Smitty of the North