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Old 02-06-2010, 11:42 PM   #11
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Small rifle primers in pistol ammo.

Yes, they are the same size as small pistol. They are commonly used is
Practical Pistol reloading in ammo for Open division guns. They are harder
than small pistol, and will flow less at the pressures generated in major
power factor 9mm and 38 super ammo. Pistols may have an issue with
setting off small rifle primers, especially striker fired guns such as Glocks
and the Springfield XD's.

Large rifle is a different size, and should NOT be used in place of large pistol.

NEVER use pistol primers in rifle ammo, unless it's a pistol caliber rifle--
38 special lever gun as an example.

Rifle powder in pistol ammo. Generally no. Rifle powders generally have a
burn rate much too slow for pistol ammo, and pistol powders are generally
much too fast for rifle loads. There are a few powders that are used in both
pistol loads and some small capacity rifle loads, but they are the exception.
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IF a person should make the decision to deviate from established recipes when reloading, or not follow recipe at all, the other folks shooting at the range would appreciate him wearing a sign that says "I HAVE A DEATH WISH" in order that they may place distance, sandbags, truck body, etc between themselves and the future organ donor. SOME rifle primers are thicker than pistol primers- which CAN result in a "high" primer. Results of that may range from a jammed weapon, to a cartridge firing when it is not aligned with the barrel (revolver). When you change ANY component of a load- brass, powder, bullet, or primer- go back to the starting load, and work up.
i have seen those organ donors at ranges in the past and actually was present on a shooting line when one of em blew up a revolver using incorrectly loaded ammunition with the high primer situation. got himself an ambulance ride, a nice chat with the cops, and a range ban for life.
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Large rifle primers are "taller" than large pistol primers. The rifle primer pockets are deeper. Small pistol primers are dimensionally the same as small rifle primers, BUT rifle primers are harder, thicker and hotter. Rifle powder is harder to ignite so there is more priming compound in a rifle primer. That results in a hotter, longer lasting flame. Rifles develop higher pressures than pistols. Using a pistol primer in a rifle cartridge is very likely to result in (at best) a hang fire or (at worst) a pierced/blown primer.

CAN a small rifle primer be used in a pistol case. Yes. Is it a good idea (except in the case of an EMERGENCY like the end of the world as we know it)? NO. There are many variables that must be taken into consideration not the least of which is you may end up with ammo that will not go "bang" in a pistol.

There are some small capacity rifles that "can" use pistol powder like the .30 Carbine that can use W-296. There are some large capacity handgun cartridges that can use rifle powders (.44 mag or 454 Casull can use IMR 4227).
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Robo why don't you just lock the thread when you reply to them?
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Tango, the thread was 5 days old before I even chimed in and "killed" it. If you can't have your fun in 5 days, well...
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Large rifle primers are "taller" than large pistol primers. The rifle primer pockets are deeper. Small pistol primers are dimensionally the same as small rifle primers, BUT rifle primers are harder, thicker and hotter. Rifle powder is harder to ignite so there is more priming compound in a rifle primer. That results in a hotter, longer lasting flame. Rifles develop higher pressures than pistols. Using a pistol primer in a rifle cartridge is very likely to result in (at best) a hang fire or (at worst) a pierced/blown primer.

CAN a small rifle primer be used in a pistol case. Yes. Is it a good idea (except in the case of an EMERGENCY like the end of the world as we know it)? NO. There are many variables that must be taken into consideration not the least of which is you may end up with ammo that will not go "bang" in a pistol.

There are some small capacity rifles that "can" use pistol powder like the .30 Carbine that can use W-296. There are some large capacity handgun cartridges that can use rifle powders (.44 mag or 454 Casull can use IMR 4227).
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One more "diskish" comment that new reloaders have a tendency to want
to do. Don't start out with a maximum load listed in a manual. Start
below maximum and work up. Most guns are different and handle loads
differently. Reloading is a serious business and should be approached as
such.
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