Primers

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Primers

Postby killian6pk » 29 Jul 2020 12

Since primers are as hard to find as hens teeth. I was wondering what other brands are ok to use like wolf or magtech etc. some of the lesser known brands? Also I have seen small pistol magnum primers I am assuming that they would not work (tell me if I am wrong) and what about small pistol match primers?

I figure primers will start trickling in and just want to be prepared to act if I see any. Along with the rest of the reloading world. :)
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Re: Primers

Postby larryw » 29 Jul 2020 13

I only use 2 brands & have a good stock of them.
I do know a couple guys that use nothing but the " cheaper brands " I have heard
no complaints from them except for S&B primers, that dont use them anymore??
Which ever you choose, if its different than what you worked up your load with,
back down 10% or so & work back up. This advice goes for ANY component change
in an already established, proven load.
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Re: Primers

Postby horseman » 29 Jul 2020 14

When primers were difficult to get a few years back (worse than today by far) I picked up 5,000 Magtech LPP for pretty cheap (at the time). I've used a bit over 1,000 of them. I haven't seen much difference between them and CCI that I've used. I do see a bit of difference with Winchester LPP vs the others. Not much, but a bit. I picked up a thousand Federal LP match primers a few weeks ago and since using those that will be the ones I'll use from now on for first class loads, when I can find them. They are some very consistent primers. I've used Wolf primers in 556 without issue also. So for me, Federal match primers are first place, all the others I've used are second. But they've all gone bang and the bullet went the right direction. :D
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Re: Primers

Postby killian6pk » 29 Jul 2020 15

Thanks guys, does anyone have experience with Fiocchi primers? I was just on MidSouths site and they have some Federal Large Rifle primers and also some Large Rifle Magnum primers. If anyone needs those I would not wait long.
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Re: Primers

Postby Shooterrick2020 » 29 Jul 2020 16

In my opinion and my opinion only. . I prefer CCI and federal match but honestly the regular Federal and federal match come off the same assembly line the only difference is the amount of scrutiny the match grade Federal receives. There is a higher level of quality control during the time they are pulling the match primers off the assembly line.

As for small pistol Magnum primers they are meant to be used with Magnum loads such as 357 Magnum. You should use regular small pistol primers four loads such as 9 mm and 38 Special. Large pistol primers 45acp excetera.
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Re: Primers

Postby killian6pk » 30 Jul 2020 12

Thanks guys. That is what I figured.
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Re: Primers

Postby Ohio3Wheels » 30 Jul 2020 16

There are uses for Magnum primers that don't necessarily attach to "magnum" cases. Tall columns of hard to light powders. When I can get them I use Federal Large rifle magnum primers in my 40-65 black powder loads and I'll use CCI LRM primers when I can't get Federal. Many ranges sessions have shown more consistent MVs with the magnum primers. Those loads are trickled in, shaken down and compressed. With some powders in the 45 Colt the results are similar and when things shake out here a little I'm going to see what happens with the 44 Magnum in the rifle.

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Re: Primers

Postby GasGuzzler » 31 Jul 2020 06

I have had no issues with S&B.
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Re: Primers

Postby mikld » 31 Jul 2020 14

I have used a of of Wolf Large Rifle primers for my Garand and 308 bolt gun ammo, but no pistol primers. I purchased most in 2012 and every one worked. I've not reloaded any S&B components but have fired a few boxes of their ammo with 100% reliability and very good performance. Since I refuse to pay Haz Mat rip off fees, the only primers available in my small town are CCI and Winchester, so I've not experienced any other brands...
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