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Title: Federal 155 vice federal 150
Post by: Major Pain on May 18, 2014, 04:48:32 PM
I've read on other websites that with the difficulty in finding Federal 150 primers for .45ACP, some are experimenting with Federal 155 primers as a substitute. Granted they are IPSC/IDPA forums and involve light springs/race guns etc. What thoughts are there on this from WB shooter's?
Pain
Title: Re: Federal 155 vice federal 150
Post by: Garrison Joe on May 18, 2014, 09:30:34 PM
Experimenting?   Psshaw, we already know they work. 

Any 1911 tuned to where it won't set off even CCI primers is probably not tuned well.   I shoot Winchester or Federal  (any of the 4 variations), and yes even CCI  primers in my 1911s because the mainspring is not super light.  Use of magnum primers can be expected to increase velocity (and pressure) slightly in most loads, so a chrono check and examination for excess pressure signs after a change to magnum primers is always wise.

Right now, the Federal Large, Magnum, Match (155M) primer seems to be easier to get in these parts than any of the other LP Federals.  And those work fine too.

This is Wild Bunch - no fancy guns that won't fire off primers or that you have to work over if the load changes pressure or recoil slightly.

One of the nice things about WB - no race guns!

Good luck, GJ

Title: Re: Federal 155 vice federal 150
Post by: red cent on May 26, 2014, 05:16:19 PM
The 1911 needs a mix to run very good. The hammer spring should be factory if not a pound or two heavier. However lightly, it will slow the slide and muzzle rise is minimized. Oversize FPS, light recoils/reaction spring (I shoot a 12#er), slow powder with a heavy bullet.
Title: Re: Federal 155 vice federal 150
Post by: Garrison Joe on May 26, 2014, 06:06:14 PM
The wonder of the 1911 is just how differently it can be configured, sprung and fed and still work.  I would certainly never declare that there was only one way to shoot Wild Bunch level loads with it.   

But, back to the OP, just about any primer will work.  Even, Agggh, a small pistol primer if you have the new shrunken-primer-pocket brass.   :D

Good luck, GJ
Title: Re: Federal 155 vice federal 150
Post by: Wagon Box Willy on July 03, 2014, 06:41:19 AM
If you don't mind paying the HAZMAT the Fed 150's are showing up all over online.  I just purchased some from Brownells for $36.50/1000 delivered for 5K of them.

That being said I tend to use Winchester LPP in my 45acp.
Title: Re: Federal 155 vice federal 150
Post by: Blackey Cole on July 31, 2014, 05:12:59 AM
Does that $36.50 /1K include the hazmat fee if so not bad I can get primer locally 40./1k plus tax..
Title: Re: Federal 155 vice federal 150
Post by: Wagon Box Willy on July 31, 2014, 06:28:51 AM
Does that $36.50 /1K include the hazmat fee if so not bad I can get primer locally 40./1k plus tax..
Yes, that was the final price delivered.