Best primers for handgun loads


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Carbon_15
January 14, 2006, 09:52 AM
what are the best and cleanest primers for non-magnum pistol loads?
thanks

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ulflyer
January 14, 2006, 10:58 AM
Carbon, don't think there is a "best", only what one prefers. I prefer Winchester simply because I started with them years ago and have found no reason to change. I've used a few Remingtons, Federals, and just a few CCI's. Personally, for my type of casual target shooting, I can't tell any diff.

Same with powders, only there is far more variety to choose from. I load 38's and 45acp. I like Winchester 231, Bullseye, Clays. All seem about the same to me. From reading on this group it seems many prefer Unique. Pick one that a good reloading manual recommends and you won't go wrong.

armoredman
January 14, 2006, 11:01 AM
Used Fed and CCI, still using CCI. I really can't tell the differance.

JimPGov
January 14, 2006, 11:41 AM
IF YOU ARE JUST SHOOTING FOR FUN. THERE IS NO DIFFERENCE THAT YOU CAN MEASURE. NOW THAT BEING SAID IF YOU ARE A MATCH SHOOTER. FROM THE RANSOM REST AT 50 YARDS YOU CAN TELL THE DIFFERENCE. EACH POWDER REACTS DIFFERENTLY WITH THE PRIMER. WITH EXACTLY THE SAME LOAD (POWDER,BULLET,CASE,SEATING DEPTH,OAL,CRIMP )GROUP SIZE WILL BE DIFFERENT WITH DIFFERENT PRIMERS. I USE FEDERAL AND WINCHESTER ONLY. I'VE ALWAYS GOT THE MOST ACCURATE AMMO OUT OF THOSE 2 BRANDS. JP

HSMITH
January 14, 2006, 11:43 AM
Federal and Winchester only here too.

birddog
January 14, 2006, 12:12 PM
Federal only here, because they're readily available in my area most of the time. Haven't tried anything else.

JDGray
January 14, 2006, 02:17 PM
I use Winchester not because there better, but its one that Lee recommend to use with their hand primer. I have had only one dud in many thousands of reloads. JDGray

redneck2
January 14, 2006, 02:24 PM
Nice thing about Winchester pistol is they're good for magnum, regular, and ball powder. That's what I normally use so I don't have to change between load types

I tried to use CCI's in my Contender but had quite a few FTF's due to light strikes. Federals worked fine.

As a note, I read somewhere that (in rifles) changing brands of primer can vary the pressure by 6,000 #

The Bushmaster
January 14, 2006, 04:03 PM
Best primer??? Pick one....:D

HankB
January 14, 2006, 04:53 PM
I've had some quality issues in the past with CCI primers, so now I use mostly Winchester, with some Remington and - rarely - Federal thrown into the mix.

Lloyd Smale
January 14, 2006, 04:55 PM
if your shooting double action best to stick with federals.

bakert
January 14, 2006, 05:20 PM
Win & CCI because that's what's available in my area. Never a problem with either that wasn't my fault( a very few not seated all the way and a couple or three seated upside down when using a Lee Auto Prime and not paying attention!! ). Don't snicker. Bet there's more than me have done this some time or other.!:D

rbernie
January 14, 2006, 05:30 PM
I use my pistol handloads for everything from range work to carry loads, so I use the softest primers I can find - Federal. For my AR rifle loads, I use the hardest I can find - CCI's. For my standard rifle loads, I use mostly Winchesters.

Carbon_15
January 14, 2006, 10:34 PM
Thanks for the input.
I guess my question was more "are there any primers I should avoid"
I 'd hate to buy 1000 and have half not go bang

Grumulkin
January 14, 2006, 11:19 PM
I've used CCI, Winchester and Federal primers and thus far have found no duds.

The type of primer used does make a difference though. I think the type and amount of powder to be used with a primer is the most important determing factor. With my 357 Herrett there was a definite improvement when I used CCI 250 magnum large rifle primers with IMR 4227 as opposed to plain old Federal 210M primers. I tried Federal 210M, CCI 200 and CCI 250 primers with IMR 4831 and as far as I could tell there was no difference in performance between them in 270 Win. loads.

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