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44-40 Primers

Discussion in 'Handloading and Reloading' started by Maj Dad, Nov 18, 2012.

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  1. Maj Dad

    Maj Dad Member

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    Considering that commercial 44-40 loads are not specified for either rifle or pistol, does anyone have any negative experience using LP primers in rifle loads, either low pressure, e.g., Unique, or high pressure, e.g., 2400 (in strong 92 actions)? It's been 20 years since I loaded for mine & though I still know it all :rolleyes: I though I'd float it out. I bought a hundred or so primed new cases from a guy and didn't think to ask what they were, & I'm going to load some for my 92 with 200 gr lead & some with JSPs (of proper diameters), probably Unique or #5 for lead & 2400 for the JSPs. I know I used to use magnum primers for the 2400 but again don't recall if I used pistol or rifle. Plus things have changed in recommended loads since I used to load that little half-magazine carbine to 44 Mag levels, with encouragement by the gun writers in the 70's (& Lyman #43 manual). Of course, I have mellowed a little, too... ;)
     
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    IN ALL OF MY 44-40 pistols and carbines of all lengths and five different manufacturers, all of my handloaded ammunition has used large pistol primers. While working for the ammo company I got to pressure check all my loads and they were dead on the money where they needed to be, IN SPADES.
     
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    There are no 44-40 WCF cases made with LR primer pockets.

    They all use LP primers.

    LR & LP primers are two different heights, and are not interchangable.

    rc
     
  4. Maj Dad

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    I was right to check first - I had forgotten the different heights. Thanks, gents!
     
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