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primer question

Discussion in 'Handloading and Reloading' started by remmag, Jan 30, 2010.

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  1. remmag

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    do small pistol primers indicate if they are magnum, or is it indicated on the #
    i have a box of remington no. 5-1/2 small pistol primers that i had bought and was told they were for 357 magnum, just want to make sure, no where on the package do they indicate magnum
    thanks
     
  2. Walkalong

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    Most .357 Magnum loads do not need mag primers, but some do. Your load book will give you an idea, although some just list mag primers with all loads. Speer # 13 & 14 only suggest using mag primers in .357 with HS-6, HS-7, H-110, W-296, & Lil' Gun. (hard to ignite and or very slow ball powders)

    Your Remington 5 1/2 primers are mag primers, and will work just fine for your purposes.


    Primer Identification by Manufacturer

    CCI
    • Small pistol = 500
    • Small pistol magnum = 550
    • Large pistol = 300
    • Large pistol magnum = 350
    • Small rifle = 400
    • Small rifle magnum = 450
    • Large rifle = 200
    • Large rifle magnum = 250

    Federal
    • Small pistol = 100
    • Small pistol magnum = 200 (My note: There are also some old Fed 200's out there that are small rifle)
    • Large pistol = 150
    • Large pistol magnum = 155
    • Small rifle = 205
    • Small rifle magnum = 250M
    • Large rifle = 210
    • Large rifle magnum = 215

    Remington
    • Small pistol = 1 1/2
    • Small pistol magnum = 5 1/2
    • Large pistol = 2 1/2
    • Small rifle = 6 1/2
    • Small rifle magnum = 7 1/2
    • Large rifle = 9 1/2
    • Large rifle magnum = 9 1/2M

    Winchester
    • Small pistol = WSP
    • Small pistol magnum = WSPM
    • Large pistol = WLP
    • Large pistol magnum = WLP
    • Small rifle = WSR
    • Large rifle = WLR
    • Large rifle magnum = WLRM

    RWS
    • Small pistol = 4031
    • Small pistol magnum = 4047
    • Large pistol = 5337
    • Small rifle = 4033
    • Large rifle = 5341
    • Large rifle magnum = 5333

    [BPosted by Bagheera on Ruger.net[/B]
     
  3. remmag

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    thank you, i wasnt sure
    now i understand this part
    thanks again
     
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    I've heard the Remington 5-1/2 primers are no different than the 1-1/2 style except for the thickness of the primer cup. Equal bangage for both, in other words. But I've only heard this...

    I wonder how they would do with full-house loads of H110 in the .357 magnum if there's no difference in ignition capability...???

    I fully agree that Remington should do something to make their packaging of primers more understandable!
     
  5. remmag

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    well here is another question
    chcking my lee manual
    158 grain led bullet
    starting grains 6.2 of unique
    small pistol primers (does not indicate a primer # am i safe with the 5-1/2 primers listed above
    looked in my lyman manual it did not have a load for 158 grain led nullet but as you said all of their loads used cc1 500 (not a magnum)
    thanks i am new to this and want to double check myself
     
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  6. Walkalong

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    Unique does not need a mag primer, but will work fine with it. I would just stop .1 or .2 short of max since they used standard primers.
     
  7. remmag

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    do you mean grains of powder or seating depth
     
  8. Walkalong

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    Powder....Sorry. Crimp into the crimp groove. That will give you your O.A.L. for that bullet. That will vary some depending on how long you trim your brass, if you trim it.
     
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