Large or small????

Discussion in 'Ammunition & Reloading' started by colmustard, Oct 18, 2012.

  1. colmustard

    colmustard New Member

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    Ok I have been reloading .45 ACp for a while now, but just discovered that some manufactures have switched to small primers for .45 where large is and has been the standard. So now I have to look at all the brass I have been picking up and check. So do any of you know which companies still use large primers? So when I buy new bullets I can be sure I can reload them. Thanks for the info! :D
     
  2. Shade

    Shade New Member

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    Although I have heard of the small primer .45ACP brass I have yet to see
    one. I think they are a minority in the market. Time will tell.

    I cast my own bullets for .452.

    There are many options in lead and jacketed bullets. Either purchase on line
    or go to your local components dealer.
     

  3. colmustard

    colmustard New Member

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    I have seem the small come from federal.
     
  4. robocop10mm

    robocop10mm Lifetime Supporting Member Lifetime Supporter

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    This question has come up several times lately. The majority of the small primed .45 ACP I see is Speer. It comes from their "RHT" line of ammo. Lead free "green" ammo. Lead free primers. Speer makes only one size of lead free pistol primer, small. .45 is the only RHT ammo that would normally use a large primer so it eases their production of primers to simply make the brass to accept small primers. They work fine with standard small pistol primers, I have loaded a bunch. Just segregate and set aside for when small primers are easier to obtain than large.

    Speer and Federal are owned by the same company so I believe the same explanatio applies to the Federal brass.
     
  5. colmustard

    colmustard New Member

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    Ok cool, guess I will be buying winchester white box from now on LOL. It is about 2 bucks more at wally world than the federal.
     
  6. BillM

    BillM Active Member Supporter

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    Winchester make a NT (non-toxic) line with lead free primers. The
    Winchester 45 ACP NT ammo uses small primers.
     
  7. MPsteelshooter87

    MPsteelshooter87 New Member

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    Ive seen them in blazer cases as well, those and federal are the only too ive seen so far.
     
  8. sdiver35

    sdiver35 New Member

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    Yep, I just checked and the ones I have which are small pocket are Blazer brass too.
     
  9. JonM

    JonM Moderator

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    i have a bucket for the 45acp small primers. when i get enough ill run a load of em and use em like normal. or trade em off for other brass.
     
  10. Axxe55

    Axxe55 The Apocalypse Is Coming.....

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    the CCI Blazer brass cased ammo has the small primer pockets as well. never noticed until i deprimed them and was fixing to seat new primers.

    which small primers do you use for these cases?
     
  11. JonM

    JonM Moderator

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    regular small pistol primers same ones that are used in 9mm and such
     
  12. Axxe55

    Axxe55 The Apocalypse Is Coming.....

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    will the one used for a 357 magnum work as well? the small magnum pistol primers? or do they need to be the regular small pistol primers?
     
  13. Rick1967

    Rick1967 Well-Known Member

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    I use mag primers for everything.
     
  14. robocop10mm

    robocop10mm Lifetime Supporting Member Lifetime Supporter

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    A magnum primer should burn hotter and longer than a standard primer. You MUST back off and develop a new load (that is the text book answer). You may see some difference in pressure and velocity when switching from a large pistol standard primer to a small pistol magnu primer, use caution.
     
  15. BlueTurf

    BlueTurf New Member

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    I tried reloading some of the Federal cases with the small primers. Evidently Federal has not perfected the process, as I got the spent primers out easy enough but smashed about every other one trying to get the new ones in. I was doing it very carefully with a Lee hand priming tool. I won't try loading any more of them. I will just stick with the large primer cases.
     
  16. beaglesam

    beaglesam Active Member

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    I have reload both with no issues.