small rifle primers for pistol ammunition?

Discussion in 'Ammunition & Reloading' started by tiberius10721, Dec 16, 2009.

  1. tiberius10721

    tiberius10721 New Member

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    I have been reloading for 7 yrs now but my knowledge is limited to pistol ammunition only since that is all I reload. I have noticed that midway usa has plenty of small rifle primers for sale and Im just wondering if i can substitute small rifle primers for small pistol primers.
     
  2. robocop10mm

    robocop10mm Lifetime Supporting Member Lifetime Supporter

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    They fit, BUT they are diferent. Hotter and thicker. You must have a gun with sufficient mainspring tension or striker tension. You must reduce the powder charge and work up a new load.
     

  3. tiberius10721

    tiberius10721 New Member

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    thanks robo cop! good information! If i ever do try it ill just reload a few rounds to see if there is enough mainspring striker tension in my handgun to work. I still have a few thousand small pistol primers so hopefully ill never have to make this substitution.
     
  4. robocop10mm

    robocop10mm Lifetime Supporting Member Lifetime Supporter

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    Negative. Don't spout incorrect information!

    LARGE rifle primers are dimensionally different than large pistol primers. NEVER try to use large rifle primers for pistol loads.

    Small rifle primers (as the OP was referring to) are dimensionally the same as small pistol primers. You CAN use small rifle primers for pistol loads, but you MUST rework your load. NEVER use small pistol primers (even Magnum) for rifle loads.
     
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  5. crossfire

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    You are absolutely correct. I misread the original post. My apologies.
     
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  6. jpattersonnh

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    Wow, I posted and agreed w/ crossfire that this is not a safe practice. But now my post and the one Robo quoted from crossfire have gone somewhere! :confused: Do we need tin foil hats here?
    Anyone can do as they please w/ their firearms, faces, hands, but I would never advocate this type of action. Not to mention the legal ramifications if the OP gets hurt. Bad Juju.
     
  7. BILLYBOB44

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    Each to his own..

    jpatterson, ALL+ANY info. from any member carries a disclaimer to usage. I do not know your experience, or knowledge in regard to hand loading, but any one who suggests that using a Small Rifle primer in place of a Small Pistol primer, along with backing down the powder charge and working up the load, will damage a firearm or shooters body, simply does NOT know what they are talking about. True-NOT recommended, but it would sure GREAT if the supply/cost of primers were what they were 2 or 3 years ago??:confused: With your thinking in mind-no custom/wildcat loads could ever have been created??:p