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What small pistol primers for 40s/w

Discussion in 'Ammunition & Reloading' started by circlepranch, Jun 30, 2014.

  1. circlepranch

    circlepranch Battle Ground Wa Active Member

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    Looking to start reloading 40 in the future , what flavor of primers, I have read several manuals and they say Winchester wsp, I picked some up today , what about Federal, CCI,

    Thanks in advance for your input,
     
  2. Steve M

    Steve M Beaverton, OR Well-Known Member

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    As long as they go "bang". I find Winchester and CCI most plentiful in this area so I use Winchester in plain brass and CCI with nickel plated brass because I'm strange and like the curtains to match the rug.
     
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  3. BAMCIS

    BAMCIS Eugene Well-Known Member

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    I've been loading 9mm and small primered 45ACP with Remington #6 1/2 small rifle primers with no problems because I had about 35,000 of them. Now I'm down to about 4,000.

    Long story short, as long as you're not loading to "hot" then whatever you can find will interchange with no problems.
     
  4. bellarum

    bellarum beaverton Well-Known Member

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    I use CCI for almost everything and haven't had one FTF yet.
     
  5. ripcity

    ripcity Milwaukie Active Member

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    I use wolf/tula primers because they're cheap. Always treated me good.
     
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  6. Mica

    Mica Eugene Active Member

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    I havnt had a problem with any of them. I to like my primers to match.:D I also like my brass to be blinding bright. But that's just me. However in times of shortages. If you want to shoot. You will use what is available.
     
  7. xlsbob

    xlsbob coos county Platinum Supporter Platinum Supporter

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    I just use regular CCI small pistol primers since I prefer CCI. Any brand of the right size should be fine.
     
  8. SinisterSouthpaw

    SinisterSouthpaw SW WA Active Member

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    When you see things like primer type and barrel length and brass used in a reloading manual, that does not mean you MUST use exactly those items. That kind of incidental info is there only for reference, to give you a reason that your load works differently than the published one, and the lawyers insisted on it. Primer brand and type can make a difference when you are loading for benchrest competitions or hunting ants at 3oo yards. Handgun loading--not so much, if at all...............Temperature and bullet seating depth are going to have more of an influence on what happens on the range than primer brand, in most cases...........
     
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  9. BAMCIS

    BAMCIS Eugene Well-Known Member

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  10. MarkAd

    MarkAd Port Orchard Well-Known Member

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    "Long story short, as long as you're not loading to "hot" then whatever you can find will interchange with no problems." In general this is true, but if you have a reduced weight spring on a revolver the hardness of the primer does make a difference in firing.
     
  11. CHLChris

    CHLChris Portland Metro East Love me some guns! Bronze Supporter

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    If you are running a lightened firing pin (striker) spring for competition, consider using Federal since they tend to fire more easily with light strikes. That is, unless you are also running a lengthened FP. Then use whatever is cheapest and goes BANG.
     
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  12. SinisterSouthpaw

    SinisterSouthpaw SW WA Active Member

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    one would hope that by the time a person got around to shooting serious matches to the extent of making those modifications--that person would be smart enough and educated in the sport enough to----on second thought--this is the internet and you never know who might be looking at this thread--maybe the guy who left his laser boresighter in the barrel and got a big surprise--or someone even worse:confused::confused::confused::confused::confused:
     
  13. Certaindeaf

    Certaindeaf SE Portland Well-Known Member

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    So there we have it. Welcome to the club. Oh, and the "flavor" of primers is poisonous so don't suck on them. no charge