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Confusion different types of primers

Discussion in 'Handloading and Reloading' started by stevekl, Apr 1, 2007.

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  1. stevekl

    stevekl Member

    Jul 31, 2004
    So let's see, there are small rifle, large rifle, small pistol and large pistol primers, and each of these come in a magnum version as well.

    Two questions:
    Are there any other types?
    Are any of them interchangeable? I notice that a small rifle primer and a small pistol primer are pretty much the same size. What's the difference?
  2. P0832177

    P0832177 member

    Jun 8, 2003
    Your confusion will be cleared up by strictly following reloading data from reliable sources. Most reloading manuals have tables of showing equivalent primers from various vendors.

    Do no deviate from published data, till you are willing to rework the load up starting over from scratch.

    Small measure .175"
    Large measure .210" but large rifle primers are thicker

    Each company has a proprietary priming compound. So there are differences, hence they are not interchangeable.... Again you need to Buy and Read The ABC's of Reloading. This will help you build a foundation on reloading. Your next step is to assemble a library of good manuals, ie Sierra, Lyman, Hornady, and then download all the powder mfg data so you can cross reference data!
  3. jr81452

    jr81452 Member

    Feb 1, 2007
    St. Pete, FL
    as for the types you forgot match grade. they make a match grade for all of them including the magnums, so all told there are 16 types of boxer primers for most brands. and then there are berdan primers.......:evil:
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