Hey guys..I'm planing to get into reloading, pistol ammunition generally so I got few questions. I'm planing to reload 9mm for start and then I'll see where it will take me. I plan to get as much information as I can while I get my reloading equipment.
1. Primers - I bought some 1 1/2 Remington primers (CCI primers are hard to find) cuz I found out that they were the standard small pistol primers, compared to 5 1/2 which are apparently small pistol magnum primers. Now, one guy told me that he's being using 5 1/2 Rem primers for 9mm ammo without any issues. So can I use them (or any other mag primers) if I cant find 1 1/2 Rem or any primers at all?
2. I got the Lee Reloading manual. Read it all and in the part where they tell what primers to use with Lee reloading equipment there is a list of approved and tested primers. They say no Federal primers AT ALL.
Supported primers are:
All sizes CCI
Winchester small pistol
Remington small pistol 5 1/2
Remington large pistol
So why not the Remington 1 1/2 like I bought? And why not LoneWolf primers?
The Lee manual also doesn't have a load data for copper plated bullets for all sizes. For example there is load data for Bullseye powder(which I plan to use) for 115gr lead and jacketed bullets, but there is no load data for using Bullseye and coper plated bullets - at all. There is load data for some other powders like v-N350, N337, Accur#2 etc.. not as many as for jacketed, but there isn't any for any of the Alliant powders. Why not ?
When I checked the Alliant powders website the only load data they have online is for JHP bullets only (Speer only)
One more fellow reloader that uses Berry's copper plated bullets says that he's using same load data as for lead bullets. The Lee website also stated that if there is no load data for a specific bullet weight, one can use the load data for heavier bullet (less powder charge) and you gonna be safe.
I guess lot of you gonna recommend getting one or two more reloading manuals, but as experienced reloaders what do you think about those issues that I mentioned above? Can someone also share some online load-data resources?
All I can tell you is what I did when all I had were Federal small pistol primers for my Lee hand priming tool. I used 'em several thousand of 'em in fact. I'm not telling you it's ok but I had no mishaps.