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Remington Primers

Discussion in 'Reloading' started by NMG26, Nov 23, 2012.

  1. NMG26

    NMG26

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    So I am on my third box of 1000 primers.

    The first box I don't remember.

    The second box was Remington 5.5 Small Pistol Primers. I loaded both 38 special and 357 magnum with these.

    Today when I went to buy primers I found out that they had 1.5 and 5.5. I guessed the one was for magnum and the other for small pistol other then magnum

    My 38 special rounds always seemed a bit hot and I guess the reason was that I was using magnum primers. So I am wondering if it is ok to use magnum primers for 38 special? Any harm? The 1000 rounds I loaded did not seem have any real problem.
     
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  2. ChrisJn

    ChrisJn "Old Bill"

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    Remington No.11/2 Small Pistol Primers carries a warning on the box not to use them for high intensity pistol cartridges such as 357 magnum,357 Sig, and the .40S&W.
    Remington 51/2 Small Pistol Primers are Magnum primers.
     

  3. Kentguy

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    NMG26... "So I am wondering if it is ok to use magnum primers for 38 special?"

    Only reason to run magnum primers with this caliber is if you are runing "hotter" rounds (+P type stuff) with slower powders or if you are going to shoot these rounds in temp's colder than 20 degrees.

    Most loads for a 38 special it is unnecessary (and not recommended) to use magnum primers.

    "...Any harm?"

    Short term - no

    Long term effects (i'm talking thousands of rounds), not sure, lets just say, to be on the safe side, I wouldn't make a steady diet out of that though.
     
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  4. NMG26

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    The boxes for the 1.5 and the 5.5 are identical. There is no call out for magnum on the the 5.5.
     
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    There is on Remington's website. 5.5 in 40S&W, 357Sig, etc.
     
  6. ChrisJn

    ChrisJn "Old Bill"

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    Just saying what's on the box. You might find this useful:
    http://www.handloads.com/misc/primers.asp
     
  7. NMG26

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    Thanks.

    I bought these from a display cabinet. That is why I did not notice that they were magnum. On most websites they are called out as magnum. I've learned a bit from surfing the the web and from discussion boards. Thanks again.

    Loaded 50 rounds of 357 and 25 rounds of 38 special with the mag primers. I used 158 grain LSWC for both rounds. 5.5 grains for 357 and a mild 4.3 for 38 special. Not sure when I will get out to shoot them.