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 Post subject: You know what I like about Federal primer boxes?
PostPosted: Fri Jun 12, 2020 4:14 pm 
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 Post subject: Re: You know what I like about Federal primer boxes?
PostPosted: Fri Jun 12, 2020 4:16 pm 
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Did they have an employee suggestion box contest, “How can we make these hard to use”?

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 Post subject: Re: You know what I like about Federal primer boxes?
PostPosted: Fri Jun 12, 2020 5:28 pm 
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I think anyone who has bought them knew that this would be the answer. :) They do suck.

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 Post subject: Re: You know what I like about Federal primer boxes?
PostPosted: Fri Jun 12, 2020 8:20 pm 
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Their large rifle primer box trays are too big for the primer tray on my Lee hand priming tool.
Having to hold a thumb over 3 in each row is a pain when filling the primer tray.

I have taken to doing this over a container to catch the spills.


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 Post subject: Re: You know what I like about Federal primer boxes?
PostPosted: Fri Jun 12, 2020 8:33 pm 
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I have no problem at all with Fed 209A boxes.


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 Post subject: Re: You know what I like about Federal primer boxes?
PostPosted: Fri Jun 12, 2020 9:59 pm 
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What I don't understand is why would you make design packaging that WASTES material. Wasted in the plastic tray, wasted in the cardboard box, wasted in the cardboard case. Winchester and Remington on the other hand are models of efficiency, the only way you MIGHT be able to pack them a little tighter is if you staggered the rows.

While we are on head scratching primer packaging, anyone remember the old Fiocchi primers in a clamshell plastic tray. Those were fun.

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 Post subject: Re: You know what I like about Federal primer boxes?
PostPosted: Sat Jun 13, 2020 12:37 am 
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It’s supposedly a safety design.

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 Post subject: Re: You know what I like about Federal primer boxes?
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Whaaaaaaa! Whaaaaaaa!

Sounds like we are in the club house at a skeet range. :mrgreen:

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 Post subject: Re: You know what I like about Federal primer boxes?
PostPosted: Sat Jun 13, 2020 7:17 am 
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It’s supposedly a safety design.

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Yes, designed to keep the primers far apart from each other so an accidental detonation does not cause a chain detonation of an entire sleeve of primers, an event that tends to freak out your neighbors, not to mention put you in the news, and not in a good way.

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 Post subject: Re: You know what I like about Federal primer boxes?
PostPosted: Mon Jun 15, 2020 4:21 pm 
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I'm solidly in the "nothing" camp, firmly enough that I will not buy them, nor will I buy CCI shotshell primers since they now share the curse.


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 Post subject: Re: You know what I like about Federal primer boxes?
PostPosted: Mon Jun 15, 2020 4:32 pm 
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Seriously???

I never noticed anything difficult about the Federal 209A boxes or trays. They fit in both styles of MEC primer trays.

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 Post subject: Re: You know what I like about Federal primer boxes?
PostPosted: Tue Jun 16, 2020 11:30 am 
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fit right in my P/W's just fine too.

you know what I do like about them?
they got federal primers in there.


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 Post subject: Re: You know what I like about Federal primer boxes?
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 Post subject: Re: You know what I like about Federal primer boxes?
PostPosted: Wed Jun 17, 2020 2:35 pm 
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There is an easy way to handle Federal 209A primers

Take and slit the end of the cardboard sleeve and set it upside down in the primer tray.
Next lift the cardboard from where you slit it being careful not to lift the plastic tray.
Gently Pull the cardboard from under the plastic tray while holding the tray
Lift the plastic tray off the primers.

By using this method you never have to struggle with the locking cardboard tab. I actually do this no matter what primer I’m loading. Be careful to cut the sleeve opposite where the cardboard overlaps. Just look at the cardboard sleeve and it will be easy to tell which way to slide the plastic tray.


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 Post subject: Re: You know what I like about Federal primer boxes?
PostPosted: Wed Jun 17, 2020 4:37 pm 
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Federal designed them for safety


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 Post subject: Re: You know what I like about Federal primer boxes?
PostPosted: Wed Jun 17, 2020 5:39 pm 
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They don’t bother me at all ... I use Winchester.

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 Post subject: Re: You know what I like about Federal primer boxes?
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B.L.E. wrote:
Burnt Powder wrote:
It’s supposedly a safety design.

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Yes, designed to keep the primers far apart from each other so an accidental detonation does not cause a chain detonation of an entire sleeve of primers, an event that tends to freak out your neighbors, not to mention put you in the news, and not in a good way.
And, in the whole history of the world, parts I and II, this has happened how many times?

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 Post subject: Re: You know what I like about Federal primer boxes?
PostPosted: Thu Jun 18, 2020 6:03 am 
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The packages aren't really designed for the safety of the end user, the safety packaging is primarily for shipping purposes.

.......and if you can't figure out how to open a Federal primer box and trays, you might ask yourself "Am I dexterous enough and smart enough to be reloading?" :mrgreen:

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 Post subject: Re: You know what I like about Federal primer boxes?
PostPosted: Sun Jun 28, 2020 6:20 am 
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I read somewhere that Federal uses the unnecessarily LARGE packaging for marketing purposes. Supposedly there's data that suggests people will buy what catches their eye first. Maybe so, but I specifically avoid them because of it... yeah, they work fine, and while I have a brick or two, they just take up too much space to store if you buy in bulk.



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