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Like lots of other folks, I have been doing a good bit of reloading to support my shooting habits. One of the powders that I have been working with is the Alliant Silhouette pistol powder along with the Russian made small pistol primers. In the 9mm and 38 special reloads I have had some failure to fire rounds where the primer will pop but the powder will not ignite. The pressure from the primer pop will launch the bullet into the end of the barrel where it will become lodged. A tool is then needed to knock out the stuck bullet. At first I thought it was just a batch of old powder but I opened a new can recently and have experienced the same problem. On one or two occasions the primer would go off and then a fraction of a second later the cartridge would experience a hangfire. The Ruski small pistol primers seem to work ok with other powder so I'm wondering if the primers are just too weak for the powder or? Just wondering if anyone else has had the same experience.
 

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Primer flame path and intensity is everything. Just because they go pop don't mean the pop is sufficient.

Silhouette, like Unique, is a hard to ignite propellant. Just don't do a double tap. It's hard on the barrel and possibly your face.
 

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My friends and I have tried Russian primers and the results were terrible at best. Almost a 50% failure to fire in S&Ws and some semis. My Ruger SAs were only thing set them off. Some even had the primer punctured and failed. I would suspect the primer over the powder. I unique all the time with CCI, Federal, Remington. and S&B with no problems.
 

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I use W231.
 

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I use a bit of dirt on occasion
 

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I used a case of Russian primers in 9 mm and 38 special without any problems, pre-Biden primers,
 

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Well you have not told us what your bullet or powder charge is??

You absolutely 100% sure that you got enough powder in the case?
 

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I've found a unique use for Unique. Makes dandy realistic coal piles for my HO train layout. Have at least 20 pounds of dirt on the shelf.
 
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I did some testing today using range brass 9mm cases, the small pistol Russian primers, 115 gr round nose bullets and an assortment of powders. I tested Silhouette, Bullseye, Sport Pistol, Herco and a couple of others. I loaded 10 rds of each powder and fired them all in the same 9mm pistol (Walther PDP). I also loaded some 45 acp rounds using Winchester Large Pistol Primers and the Silhouette powder. Turned out that the only problem combination was the Ruski primers with the Silhouette powder! Everything else shot well with the exception of one bad primer and one failure to eject (Smokestack). The 45 rounds loaded with the Silhouette powder all fired as expected when shot in a Sig 220 pistol. So, it looks like as long as I keep the Russian primers and the Silhouette powder separated future reloads will go back to being close to 100% reliable. All the loads were nearly a full case but not compacted. Even so, they were under the max recommended loads per the ammo manufacturers pressure recommendations.
 

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I've found a unique use for Unique. Makes dandy realistic coal piles for my HO train layout. Have at least 20 pounds of dirt on the shelf.
I like HO gauge, I remember when rubber bands were used between the electric motor and wheels. :) I could only afford Athearn models to build, double slip switches were a lot of fun to watch in action. :)

FWIW, I'm not into Unique either. :)
 
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