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Primer recommendations?

Discussion in 'Handloading and Reloading' started by Jaws1, Jan 29, 2010.

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  1. Jaws1

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    I'm looking at load recipes and see that they call for different manufactures primers. Seems like some powder manufactures list the same brand for all their recipes. I'm just curious if this is a brand specific "deal" between the powder manufacture (maybe their own brand primer for example)?
    We all know primers are hard to come by and I have a lot of the Winchester brand primers but no CCI primers. How critical is it to use the brand specified?

    Thanks for your help,
    Jeff
     
  2. Walkalong

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    Winny primers are very good, as are CCI, Federal, Remintgon, Wolf......None of them are bad. Some are harder to set off than others, and some are more sensitive than others. (Federal)

    You can use the Win primers in place of CCI. My experience with handgun is to expect slightly less velocity with CCI than with Winchester.
     
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    Thanks for the quick reply Walkalong.

    This satisfys my curiousity!
    Jeff
     
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    CCI, Speer, Federal, Alliant, RCBS, (and more!) are all owned by ATK. Alliant only lists CCI primers with Speer bullets in their loading data. The Speer reloading manual also only lists CCI primers. So yes, if you are talking about CCI it's probably because they are "sister companies".
     
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    Thanks Azar, this confirms what I was thinking.

    Jeff
     
  6. Walkalong

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    We don't think they would list a competitors primer, do we? :D

    Of course they list their companies (under the umbrella) primer, but any proper primer will work.
     
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    As I suspected! :D
    "For best performance use MY stuff"

    Jeff
     
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    Right now...anything you can get! :D
     
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    Also, even IF they were not corporate siblings, testing is expensive enough without adding all the possible variations in brass and primer make into the equation for every powder and bullet tested.

    With the caveat that I pretty much only load low-mid range target ammo, I cannot tell any difference in different brands of primers. If I mostly made max loads, I'd probably back off a bit from the data any time I changed a component from what was tested.
     
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