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Primers? Need help

Discussion in 'Handloading and Reloading' started by menohearclicksound, Dec 5, 2007.

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  1. menohearclicksound

    menohearclicksound Member

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    I ended up with small rifle primers instead of small pistol. I was wondering if it made a difference when loading loads for the .40's and for 38's? I wasn't sure if the rifle primer would build more pressure or not. I have never loaded anything close to published max. I am half paranoid about a kaboom and half enjoying lite loads. Need less to say I don't want to find out the hard way. So I will save these until I get the required equipment for 30 carbine if I am out of luck in using them in my pistols. Please give me your advise as I am new.
     
  2. SkydivnShooter

    SkydivnShooter Member

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    Interesting that I had this exact conversation with a fellow IPSC shooter after a match last Saturday. We were both picking up .40 brass and I asked him for his favorite recipe. He said he had been reloading since 1997 and rolled off his recipe which included small rifle primers.

    I haven't tried them yet, but I'm gonna.
     
  3. zxcvbob

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    When I first started reloading, I bought Federal small rifle primers to use in .30 Carbine and 9mm because I was afraid I might mix them up and use accidently use small pistol primers in the .30.

    Small rifle primers will work just fine in a pistol (if your springs are strong enough), but you have to work up the load from minimum. The SR primers will give you higher pressure (maybe a lot higher) but that's OK if you start low and work up.
     
  4. philbo

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    +1, been there and it works fine. Might have some primers that take 2 hits, but if you work up your load you'll be fine.
     
  5. LotI

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    here's where you might have a problem...
     
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