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Using diffrent primers

Discussion in 'Reloading' started by Jeffbat83, Apr 18, 2011.

  1. Jeffbat83


    Mar 3, 2011
    Is it really necessary to start a load from scratch when trying out a different primer. After a few weeks I have found one load that I really like(.45 gap 200gr copper plated RN with 5 grains of W231 using WSP), found a good deal on some CCI 500s. The load I use is more on the low-med end, but I'm still fairly new to this, don't want to take any chances.

    Thanks in advance.
  2. Joshua M. Smith

    Joshua M. Smith Shootist

    Mar 17, 2005
    Wabash IN
    As long as they're not magnum primers, you should be OK. I personally will do it at times as long as I'm not at a max load.

    That said, you assume all risk, liability, etc etc for anything you try.


  3. shotgunred

    shotgunred local trouble maker

    Mar 1, 2008
    Washington (the state)
    No its not necessary to start a load from scratch when trying out a different primer. I don't have a problem with switching primer brands unless I am running the high end of the pressure curve with a given load. I use magnum primers all the time. Never had a problem with them.
  4. Changing brands of primer can make a huge difference in pressure spikes.

    But it should only be a safety issue if you are running near max loads. Any time you are running near max loads and change any components in your recipie the safe thing to do is stop down 10% and work your way back up.

    Changing primer may effect your accuracy and you may have to work up a new load with the new primer.
  5. FLSlim


    Apr 12, 2010
    FL W Coast
    Same here and I normally don't load to max. Not too long ago, I used whatever was available and, most recently, I jumped from Fed to Wolf because the sale price was impossible to pass up.
  6. PCJim

    PCJim Senior Member

    Aug 4, 2008
    You're ok. As stated above, as long as you are not at or near max, and are substituting same type primers, you are ok.

    If you were substituting SRP for SPP, or SMPP for SPP, then the advice would be to back down and rework the load.
    Last edited: Apr 18, 2011
  7. cole

    cole Millennium Member

    Dec 25, 1999
    Not if you load mid-range. I swap whenever I find a better deal and change nothing. I swap SPPM and SPP, too. Again, has never mattered. Max loads, especially with an uber-fast powder, I'd back things down some first.
  8. Boxerglocker

    Boxerglocker Jacks #1 Fan

    Mar 6, 2003
    Lynnwood, WA
    :agree: here is you answer.
  9. Kwesi


    Sep 23, 2006
    Just to sure I understand. I just worked up a new load that worked very well, actually the best grouping I can remember having in a long time:

    180gr PD FMJ
    8.8gr ( all hand weighed 8.6 - 8.8 )
    Starline brass
    Wolf LPP
    Wolf 24# spring

    I happened to have the Wolf open on the bench so I used them. This is I believe at or near max so are you guys saying if I swithch to Win LPP or CCI LPP's I need to back it down? I've never switched to magnum's. The spent primers looked fine but I honestly don't know what to look for for over pressure other than the ring around the primer becoming non-existant.
  10. shotgunred

    shotgunred local trouble maker

    Mar 1, 2008
    Washington (the state)
    If you are not near max then it is no big deal. As you are near max it is just safer to back down a little and work it back up. You don't want to get the straw that broke the camel's back.
    Last edited: Apr 18, 2011
  11. Kwesi


    Sep 23, 2006
    Thanks! Until reading this thread I had no idea that their was a potential problem switching primer brands near max.