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Old 02-11-2014, 07:54 PM   #1
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Need some advise/help. Loaded about 250 rounds of 45 ACP and realized I was using large rifle primes and not large pistol primers. I have set them aside and don't know what to do with them now. I'm thinking they should not be used correct. Has anyone ever used a reload with the rifle primer instead of the pistol primer. I really don't want to have the gun explode I'm my hands. What would the more experienced person than me do in this situation. Thanks for any help.

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Old 02-11-2014, 08:06 PM   #2
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You're going to have to pull them apart and get the components back. Press the primers back out nice and easy. Put the right primer in and rebuild the loads. Tedious work but the safest way. I'm sure some have done the same thing and shot them but not me. My reloading guru normally loads LR primers for .44mag but those are entirely different pressures and FPS.

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Default Wrong primer now what??

I don't know, but you should include powder & weight + bullet & weight for those with the experience to advise.
You can pull the bullet to save the powder & bullet. I would be worried to decap, so toss the brass.
Lesson learned!

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Well I made the same mistake kinda once before I used magnum pistol primers in regular pistol cartridges but I used Sam anyhow obviously had a little more higher pressure I'm sure but function fine.
I don't know if I was a good thing or not but by the time I figured it out already shot some . so I just went ahead and finished that batch.
Be patient I'm sure you will get a lot more responses

Plus I never load my cartridges at the higher spectrum anyhow so I figured it was fine


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I agree pull them apart and rebuild. No need to toss the brass just deprime slowly and all will be fine. I've had to do it before

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I've been wondering; what is the differences in primers? Not knowing much about it, it seems pretty obvious to me that the bigger the cartridge/round/load, the bigger and more powerful the primer should be. But are they all the same size? And how much different in power are they really? How about a list of primer sizes, and the kinds of ammo they go in? (Just a general reference)

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I deprimed a few with live primers over the years but nothing like that many. Usually it was when a primer got turned around and seated backwards. I can't advise anyone else but I would probably break the rounds down and when I got the bullet and power out I would load them in the gun one at a time and pop the primer then procede as normal. All safety rules still apply as a primer has considerable power by its self. If you don't have a kinetic bullet puller its time to get one and its Hammer Time.

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Small rifle primer and small pistol primers are the same dimensions. If they are interchanged you run into a pressure issue and a Cup thickness issue.

Large Pistol Primers are shallower that Large Rifle primers. Not only do you have the same issue listed above with small primers, you also have the fact that he Rifle primer will not be seated below flush or even flush, too tall.

Pull em.

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but I would probably break the rounds down and when I got the bullet and power out I would load them in the gun one at a time and pop the primer then procede as normal. All safety rules still apply as a primer has considerable power by its self. If you don't have a kinetic bullet puller its time to get one and its Hammer Time.
this.

if you dont want to mangle yourself stupidly, just pull the bullets and powder and pop the primers one ata time by firing them in the pistol.
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Rifle primers are much harder than pistol primers. There is the possibility that your gun would not set them off. But then there is also the possibility of a slam fire. Rifle primers are a little taller than pistol. So they do stick out of the case. It would be possible for the slide to come forward and hit the primer before you pull the trigger. I have had an sks empty the mag that way once. You need to pull them. Not worth the risk for a few dollars worth of primers.

EZ2b. I use mag pistol primers for everything. I do not load to max loads though. I use starting loads for everything but magnum cartridges.

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