Winchester® #209 777 Primers
Light 'em up!!!
I have been using these for about a year and have done extensive testing including these & other primers in different loads at the range. Everyone says that they're dirty but I haven't had any issues. I find that I can easily shoot 3, 4 & 5 shot groups without any cleaning or swabbing of the barrel. (TC Encore 50 cal) I have found that because they are hot, the fire better than others that I've tried. They are now an integral part of my load. I am using these with 777 pellets and have taken a large black bear this spring and a mulie this fall with excellent results!!
November 20, 2009
Worked well, question clean
I used these to sight in my new CVA optima with scope this weekend. I fired 22 x 150 grm shots on Saturday and 15 x 100 grm shots and did notice some trouble cocking the trigger as other noted on Saturday. I later discovered this was due to residue build up on the barrel latch. I am not sure if it was due to the primers fit or normal. I also noted after firing upon opening the gun they tended to fall out and sometimes fell into the receiver but I did not have any get stuck in the breech. My recommendation at this point is weak. I have only used these so I have nothing to compare them against but question the cleanliness at this point.
October 19, 2010
I have been using the Winchester primers in the blue box for years and they shoot great! Cleanup is not a big deal either. But since I started running low, I couldn't find them and decided to try the Triple 7. Dirtiest primers ever!! Only shot them twice, almost completely fouled my breech plug, and will never buy them again. They did cleanup easily, but it isn't worth the trade-off when dependability in field use is the issue, especially for loading a follow-up shot or to continue a hunt to tag out.
November 9, 2011
Cleanest Primers I've Ever Used
If you use Hodgdon Triple 7 and have experienced a crud ring near the breech plug it will nearly dissapear with these primers. I've noticed that they seem a bit softer than the standard W209 primers that I used to use but up until now, I haven't experienced a single failure to fire or hang fire. In fact the lock time in my Knight Disc Elite seems almost identical to my Rem 700.
I will tell you this though, I haven't used them with pellets because I prefer loose powder but my wifes uncle has experienced problems using pellets. He used to hate 777 because of the problems he experienced with it but I managed to trace it to improper cleaning techniques. Instead of using water or windex like me to swab between shots he would use Hoppe's #9 and even after swabbing with a clean patch, he would always leave some behind. So I asked him to let me borrow the rifle and I shot 20 times using 2 .50cal 50gr pellets and 777 primers and incredibly enough the rifle always fired after a good cleaning.
He was experiencing this misfires using standard W209 primers which I think are hotter but as you can see, it had nothing to do with the primer or powder. So if you make sure that you're barrel is totally clean, your rifle should always fire with these primers wether you use powder or pellets.
One more thing, these primers burn so clean that you can't compare them to anything else on the market. They leave no residue whatsoever in your breech plug or action and almost completely eliminate the famous Triple 7 crud ring.
March 7, 2007