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What CCI LP primer to substitute for WLP - mag or standard?

Discussion in 'Handloading and Reloading' started by IMtheNRA, Feb 24, 2008.

  1. IMtheNRA

    IMtheNRA Well-Known Member

    I have some Hornady 240-gr HP-XTP bullets that I'd like to load with Hodgdon H-110 for .44 Magnum.

    The Hornady manual says their loads were developed using the Winchester Large Pistol primer, which according to the Winchester package, is used for both magnum and standard loads.

    While I have nothing against Winchester, I already have CCI LP and CCI Magnum LP primers and I'd like to avoid having to stock yet another primer type.

    All of my other loads using H-110 powder call for magnum primers and I am under the impression that Hodgdon H-110 powder ignites better with magnum primers anyway.

    Should I use the CCI magnum primer in this load or do it by the book and buy some Winchester LP primers? What do you think?
    Last edited: Feb 24, 2008
  2. ReloaderFred

    ReloaderFred Well-Known Member

    It's been my practice to always use magnum primers with H-110 and Winchester 296. They have served me well with these particular powders.

    Hope this helps.

  3. The Bushmaster

    The Bushmaster Well-Known Member

    What ReloaderFred said....
  4. ClarkEMyers

    ClarkEMyers Well-Known Member

    Do it by the book; but often I can find a book that lets me do what I wanted to in the first place.

    Substituting primers changes the load - best to find a book with components to suit your needs rather than to take a load and start switching components arbitrarily.

    Given that pressure signs are not reliable in handguns and that the .44 Remington Magnum runs high pressures and that H110/296 are better in full power loads with heavy crimps I'd want some guidance. Still if all I had were CCI branded primers I'd certainly be shooting.

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