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« on: June 10, 2013, 12:16:05 am »
When doing a reload formula that calls for one type of primer in a pistol cartridge, can you interchange primers without getting varied firing conditions.
Example: if one load calls for Win small pistol and I use CCI small pistol instead, will that any difference as long as I keep all the powder weight the same?

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    « Reply #1 on: June 10, 2013, 04:44:20 am »
    On pistol ammo the difference will be negligible at best. In general you can use any brand of the appropriate size for that cartridge. You'll have to test and tweak your loads anyway, so it really doesn't matter.
    If you're trying to get specific characteristics (for instance I like Federal pistol primers because they are softer and I can use lighter hammer springs) then it matters but ballistic performance won't be affected much.

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    « Reply #2 on: June 10, 2013, 11:43:28 am »
    There is very little difference between manufacturer primers, just don't use a magnum primer when it calls for a standard primer and vise versa.  Personally I don't care much for Winchester or Remington primers.  If at all possible I use CCI pistol primers and Federal Gold Medal rifle primers.  YMMV.
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    « Reply #3 on: June 11, 2013, 12:50:41 am »
    If you're loading a max charge, back off when switching any component.  For my normal loads, I switch primer manufacturers without any problem.
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    « Reply #4 on: June 11, 2013, 08:12:49 am »
    The guys have pretty much covered it unless you are looking for specific characteristics like the one Outbreak mentioned.
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