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« on: December 14, 2012, 07:59:26 pm »
hello everyone new to reloading have everything but was woundering if i can use federal larger rifle primers for 44 rem mag handgun   :confused
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    Re: primers
    « Reply #1 on: December 14, 2012, 08:21:22 pm »
    hello everyone new to reloading have everything but was woundering if i can use federal larger rifle primers for 44 rem mag handgun   :confused

    Welcome!
    I imagine you could, but you'd have to ream the primer pockets deeper and be careful in how you work up your loads.

    Large pistol primers are a bit shorter than large rifle primers, so trying to seat the LR primers in unreamed LP pockets would leave them sitting a bit high. That could cause problems ranging from not being able to close the cylinder to causing out of battery slamfires when the primers slam into the recoil shield under recoil.
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    « Reply #2 on: December 14, 2012, 08:52:07 pm »
    . . . out of battery slamfires when the primers slam into the recoil shield under recoil.

    And that's not a good thing.

    Get the right primers.
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    « Reply #3 on: December 18, 2012, 05:40:14 pm »
    In addition, you would need to keep any brass you altered separate from the rest since the pockets would be too deep for large pistol primers.  As cpaspr says, much better off getting the right primers.
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    « Reply #4 on: January 22, 2013, 08:50:39 pm »
    One other drawback-  Rifle primers are tougher than pistol, the cups are usually made out of thicker material.  Takes more of a whack than most pistols will produce to set them off.  So if you haven't decided not to do all reaming yet, I'll add this as a further piece of discouragement.   Don't do it.  Not unless it's TEOTWAWKI and you have no other options.
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    « Reply #5 on: January 23, 2013, 01:37:30 am »
    Don't do it.  Not unless it's TEOTWAWKI and you have no other options.

    This is the thing I've been thinking of when I count a few thousand more rifle primers than I have rifle bullets to load, and count only a few thousand pistol primers. We aren't talking small potatoes, either.

    Turns out accidentally buying a few thousand small rifle primers when I meant to buy small pistol has left me with a backup plan.
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