Magnum primers in 38 spc?


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altitude_19
July 30, 2010, 01:06 AM
Anybody use magnum primers in 38 specials? I'm not hurting right now, but I was wondering if it could be done if standard small pistol primers couldn't be found.

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lwknight
July 30, 2010, 01:25 AM
Yes it can be and has often been done.
Typically , most 38spl loads with 150 grain range of bullets use about 5 grains of most powders. If in this range IIRC reduce the load by .5 grains to keep the same velocity.

If you are shooting them in a 357 magnum then don't worry about it at all.

loadedround
July 30, 2010, 07:06 AM
They work just fine. Just be on the safe side and drop your load a grain or two and work back up watching for pressure signs.

badbart
July 30, 2010, 07:51 AM
All i use is magnum primers and have never had a problem. But I only shoot 38's in .357 magnum revolvers.

ArchAngelCD
July 31, 2010, 04:36 AM
Like said above, they can be used if need be.
If you are shooting them in a 357 magnum then don't worry about it at all.
I have to disagree with that statement. The use of a magnum primer is dictated by the powder you are using, not just because the word magnum is in the caliber name. When loading a hard to ignite ball powder a magnum primer should always be used. When loading powders like 2400 even though you are using it in a magnum round a standard primer is best used. If you are loading a powder like AA#2 or Clays to .38 Special pressures in a .357 Magnum case there's no reason at all to use a magnum primer just because the brass says .357 Mag on the bottom. It's all about the powder...

In a pinch you can use magnum primers but like said above, drop the charge slightly and work up especially if your original load is bumping up against the SAAMI pressure limits...

billybob44
July 31, 2010, 06:35 PM
Anybody use magnum primers in 38 specials? I'm not hurting right now, but I was wondering if it could be done if standard small pistol primers couldn't be found.
Small Mag. OK in most all loads.
Not to hijack thread-but-Last year, while I was in a Small Primer shortage, I used Small Rifle primers for several of my .38Spl, .357Mag. and 9MM loads. Not one failure to fire, or any other problems with them.
If your springs are strong, back down the charge around 10% and shoot away==Works for Me!! Bill...

frankt
July 31, 2010, 08:22 PM
During the worst of the Great Primer Famine, I was able to find 10,000 Federal SP magnum primers and I jumped on them.
I did initially reduce my loads in 9mm and .38 spl and fired a lot of the rounds over the Chrony.
With my normal powders of W231 and Clays, increase in velocity was barely noticeable and in the range of normal standard deviation.
I will buy all I can find if that is all I can get.

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