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Alternatives to CCI #34 primers?

Discussion in 'Handloading and Reloading' started by edSky, Mar 11, 2009.

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  1. edSky

    edSky Member

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    Are there any safe alternatives (that are also available anywhere) for CCI #34 primers? I want to start reloading for my M1A but everyone I know of is out of stock.
     
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    edSky,

    Myself and many others use the Winchester WLR primers in autoloaders without problems. Under no circumstances use the Federal 210's.

    Don
     
  3. 30Cal

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    I've burned ~8k WLR primers and about 4k Rem 9 1/2's through my M1A.

    I uniform and clean my primer pockets and ensure each one is seated below flush. I also use a gage to set my resizing die.
     
  4. seagull

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    Cci #200 ???

    Will CCI #200 work ok for my M1A?
     
  5. edSky

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    I have used nothing but CCI standard primers in several .223 auto-loaders since about 1970 with no problems.

    The worst thing you can do is use the press mounted primer-arm to seat any type of primer for a self-stuffer.

    If you smash them in, they are much more likely to go bang from a free-floating firing pin ding.

    I prime exclusively with an RCBS hand priming tool, and the most excellent feel allows you to seat them "Just Right" without smashing a tight one.

    rc
     
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    I have used a lot WLR, and Fed 210M in both the Garand and M1A.
     
  8. 30Cal

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    Yes. I actually prefer the Hornady case comparitor (I have the other two you mentioned as well). If I was loading for more than one rifle, I'd just go by the Wilson-type gage and set the shoulder to the minimum.
     
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  9. edSky

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    Thanks. I almost said I'll just be loading for one, but it's hard not to want more.
     
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    I live by my RCBS Precision Mic to monitor headspacing when loading for my M1A. And as others have said, make SURE your primers are seated a tad below the level of the case head. If you do this, a slam-fire is about 99.99999% eliminated.

    I've used the #34s, WLRs, and the Fed GMM primers and never had an issue with any of them.
     
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