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Old Primer I.D. help

Discussion in 'Handloading and Reloading' started by jeeptim, Nov 1, 2011.

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  1. jeeptim

    jeeptim Member

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    Got a few bricks of primers
    one looks really old but in good shape.
    Westerm No.1 1/2 improved
    other is
    Winchester No.120
    need to know if in fact i have large rifle primers and improved? maybe mag primers.
    really wish i new how to post a pic

    And do you think they are still good. I will prime and fire some empty cases as soon as i get to that point.
    thanx
     
  2. rcmodel

    rcmodel Member in memoriam

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    Wow! Those right there are really old!

    Win 120 should be standard Lg Rifle.
    Win 1 1/2 should be Sm Pistol.

    I don't recall what the "Improved" might mean.
    I don't think it means Magnum, cause Magnum primers hadn't been invented yet when Winchester was using those numbers.

    rc
     
  3. jeeptim

    jeeptim Member

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    Hey RC
    I think we are close but the 1 1/2s are Westeren
    Do you know of a site that would tell me for sure?Thanx
     
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    rcmodel Member in memoriam

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    Winchester / Western?

    Same company, Same differance.

    Western Cartridge Company acquired the Winchester Repeating Arms Company after Winchester went into receivership in 1931

    rc
     
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