Re: Primers, much Difference?
Well, again, I go right by the book. In the case of 223's, they load with Hornady pills and the Hornady book specifies CCI so thats what it is. I have a pile of SR primers BTW.
Everything else gets Sierra and Sierra specifies Federal so it's Federal. Got a bunch in all flavors but can always use more.
The blackpowder rifle is a CVA Accura V2 tricked (by me and not cabbaged up btw). Thats the one where I learned first hand about primer tolerances. I settled on CCI 209 shotgun shell primers and I bought a thousand so I'm in the same lot and dimensions all the time. I don't ever anticipate sending close to a thousand saboted pills down the tube in my lifetime.
On an inline like the CVA, it's quite possible to slam fire the rifle if you shim the firing pin retainer (which I did to negate blowback from the breechplug recess). You actually set the retainer so it 'wipes' the face of the primer when you close the action. The wiped area seals the primer against the retainer, but the fit is so close, just changing primer brands or lots can cause the primer to ignite when you don't want it to, like you load the tube, drop in a primer, close the action and blow your foot off. Not a good thing.
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