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Old 09-09-2008, 07:35 PM
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O K with not being able to find federal primers what is the next best primer? I have a 300 rum. also do you crimp and how do you set your dies to do so? I have rcbs dies full lenghth and neck for sizing I am using 200gr accubonds and retumbo.
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Old 09-10-2008, 08:33 PM
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Re: newbie q's

I've used cci primers w/ good luck .

You need to have a crimping die -you'll not likely find many people crimping ammo here.
Just neck size your brass after shooting and you'll be fine.
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Old 09-10-2008, 08:45 PM
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Re: newbie q's

I also use CCI primers with good success. Truth be told I have always used them instead of Federal and they have always worked great for me.

As for crimping. I have a crimp die for every caliber I reload for. I use the Lee Factory crimp dies, it is the only way to crimp. I manage to shoot under 1/2 moa with this crimping method and I don't hesitate to recommend it.
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Old 09-10-2008, 09:22 PM
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Re: newbie q's

as mike said, most here don't crimp. RCBS bullet seating dies are crimping dies - years ago, I had very bad luck w/ crimping that they are hard to set right if you are new at it. The others are probably right that a crimping die is the way to go.
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Old 09-10-2008, 09:33 PM
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Re: newbie q's

CCI 250's work well for the 300RUM

Here is a little webpage that is always interesting when comparing primers.
Primer Testing Reference

Sometimes hotter isn't better, sometimes it is; depends on the cartridge and the load.

If some is good and more is better, then too much is just right.

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