Being both a reloader and a volume shooter, I am always searching for ways to shoot more for less. I recently picked up some assorted Wolf primers to give them a try. They are approximately half the cost of the major names. I loaded up 1k of their small rifle primers specifically labeled for .223 this week with a mimicked m193 load.
Mixed Remington and PMC Once-fired brass
25.5 grains 844 pulldown
The first 90 test rounds fired flawlessly. This was last week in temperatures around 14 degrees.
Today was a different story. I had 3 misfires in my first mag of the day. This was with a different rifle, so I ran them back through another AR thinking they were light strikes. No luck......the primers were dead. Later on that day, I had 2 more misfires during some move and shoot drills. I now have approx 800 rounds of this stuff left so we'll see.
Overall, I'm very disappointed in the Wolf primers performance today. I certainly would not trust my life to them. I still may grab a few K for "safe keeping" or if I'm in a pinch, but this is because of the price alone. The extra $10/K for Winchesters, CCI, or Federals is money well spent.
I also just loaded up a batch of 100 .45acp rounds using the Wolf Large Pistol primers. Hopefully that goes a bit better
I plan on shooting the rest of these reloads throughout the spring, so I will update this thread with new information