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Are "match" primers a gimmick?
« on: August 16, 2011, 11:40:53 am »
Went to Handloads.com and for all their load data they used CCI large magnum pistol primers.  But in my search I also saw some primers labeled "match" and they were more expensive.

I'm new to reloading so forgive my ignorance but really? How much better can match primers be???

Basically I want to know if they are worth it. If the consensus is they are quantifiably more reliable then I will use them when making defensive loads for Black Sunshine. On the off-chance I use it to drop a goblin or twenty I can use the fact that only Cor Bon offers one load and they are very expensive. I've got a .400 Cor Bon barrel for my XD but I won't bother making defensive loads for them as what's available (on-line) is good enough for me. But I think I could get a pass with the whole "he handcrafted his ammunition to blow the defendant(s) to smithereens" argument with the .44 Automag. I would like to create a "DPX" load for it and hope it feeds.

Anyway, I wish Cor Bon would remove the one .44 AMP load from their website as that would put me in the clear entirely. But again, I hope I go to my grave not ever having to blast anyone. Well, unless they really, really deserved it.  :devillol
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    Re: Are "match" primers a gimmick?
    « Reply #1 on: August 16, 2011, 12:45:59 pm »
    Are match/bench rest primers even available in large pistol size? They're usually a rifle thing.

    Generally they have a thicker/harder cup and are said to be more consistent. For the people looking to squeeze out every last bit of accuracy I'd say they're probably not a gimmick, but for most of us the standard fare will do fine.
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    Re: Are "match" primers a gimmick?
    « Reply #2 on: August 16, 2011, 12:47:59 pm »
    As a general rule, I would suggest if you don't compete at high levels in state or national competitions, they are not going to be a limiting factor in your shooting.
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    Re: Are "match" primers a gimmick?
    « Reply #3 on: August 16, 2011, 01:22:19 pm »
    Are match/bench rest primers even available in large pistol size? They're usually a rifle thing.

    Generally they have a thicker/harder cup and are said to be more consistent. For the people looking to squeeze out every last bit of accuracy I'd say they're probably not a gimmick, but for most of us the standard fare will do fine.

    Actually, they were indeed for rifles but I assumed that since there's match grade pistol ammunition that there'd be match grade primers as well.

    As usual, always learnin' something new here. I'll just stick with the regular stuff. Thanks guys!!! :)
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    Re: Are "match" primers a gimmick?
    « Reply #4 on: August 28, 2011, 07:50:54 pm »
    I use match grade primers in hunting loads quite often.

    Are they worth the extra expense?  In certain cases, yes.  There is no doubt that they are more consistent in preformance than the non-match versions, but whether the amount of increased consistency is worth it?  That's up to you.
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