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Small rifle and small pistol primers

Discussion in 'Handloading and Reloading' started by kbsrn, Nov 29, 2007.

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  1. kbsrn

    kbsrn Member

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    Can I use small rifle primers in place of small pistol primers?
     
  2. 308win

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    I wouldn't. Search this thread and you will find your question has been asked and answered many times and recently.
     
  3. Jim Watson

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    At one time Federal recommended using their small rifle primers to load .357 magnum with. That was before they came out with magnum pistol primers.

    A lot of IPSC shooters use small rifle primers. Sometimes for better ignition of large loads, sometimes to disguise signs of excess pressure in their overloaded .38 Supers.

    I found that a small rifle standard primer gave more velocity than small pistol standard in 9mm P, but LESS than small pistol magnum. Are pressures in the same relative proportions? I dunno for sure, but I quit worrying about it.

    But I am not telling YOU it is ok. You might do things differently.
     
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