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    "Sounds like a short firing pin. A few thousandths of an inch matters. " --VinceA

    Sounds like what somebody's ex-girlfriend would say....
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    I am and have used using large rifle primers both magnum and regular.
    If the firing pin is short riddle me this why does it shoot factory loads and some reloads with no problems.
    visual inspections of the rims appears the same but I do not have a micrometer to measure it to the .000. The Brass is mostly Starline and has not been overly used.

    oh and it is chambered for 44 mag.

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    I would try and shoot some of those reloads in another firearm and see if there are the same amount that fail to fire before pulling bolt apart and ordering new firing pins and springs.
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    The factory loads would have pistol primers which are easier to ignite. The other reloads firing I’m not sure.


    If it was me I would probably spring for some large pistol primers and see how it does.

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    - Open the lever half way
    - Remove the lever screw/Pull the lever out
    - Pull the bolt.
    Bolt doesn't need to come apart beyond that

    With a finger, press the small disconnector bar up straight/in line with the firing pin, and then push the firing pin in/forward from the rear as far as it will go
    Measure the total protrusion from the bolt face. (Does the OP own a dial/digital caliper?)

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    What brand of primers are you using?

    CCI - Federal - Winchester - all of them work great. Some of them work less great in certain guns.
    Primer sensitivity varies by brand - some build them softer - light competition triggers may not work consistently with all primers. Some make them a little 'tougher' to reduce the chance of a slam fire.

    In my experience, Federal seems to be the lightest with Winchesters being a little harder. I have not used them, but I have been told CCI is the toughest. If that is true and you already have a light or weak firing pin spring and you are reloading with CCI primers - you might see your percentage of light primer strikes go up noticeably.

    If you have another gun that shoots the same ammo - see if THAT gun is also throwing misfires. You could also load a small batch with diferent primers and see if that fixes the problem.
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    I don't have another 44 to shoot the ammo in and I do not have a digital caliper.
    I will.try some with pistol primers and see if that helps.
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    Rifle should fire without regard to primer type/brand.
    Don't get caught up being satisfied w/ "...well, it shoots Federal Pistol Primers OK..." (but nothing else)

    Invest in some digital calipers (less $ than a box of ammunition and absolutely req'd for a handloader) and find the source of the problem
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    Rifle primers are harder than pistol primers. If you can not ignite Winchester brass LGP primers, it is likely something else as mentioned above, but I would start with those.
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    try pistol primer first.
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