Took the 2 dud shells over to the gun shop tonite. Put a straight edge across the base of the 2 shells and found them to be concave. U could actually see light where the primer is located. The firing pin could not strike the primer hard enough to make the shell fire. Waiting for Remington to e mail me back.
Did you compare this to other shells? In my experience as a handloader, the primers must be seated below the face of the base of the shell. A primer has to be seated at the bottom of the primer pocket -- otherwise it will move when the firing pin impacts it, which will reduce the force of the firing pin.
I don't think that's your problem. I suppose there could be several causes for what you experienced. Let us know what the good folks at Remington say.
Last week, as I was sighting in my slug gun I had a remmington solid copper that did not fire. there was a dent in the primer. The shells are at least one year old. (I know I should not have done this) but because they are so expensive I re-chambered that round and it fired properly.
I don't think there is any danger in doing this. In fact, if the primer wasn't seated completely, the force of the first impact of the firing pin might move the primer to the bottom of the primer pocket, and the second impact will fire it. Just be sure your gun is pointed in a safe direction. And (it should be needless to say), don't try firing at a deer this way because the shell is likely to fail the second time, too.
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