oops wrong primers

Discussion in 'Reloading' started by buckyne, Feb 25, 2013.

  1. buckyne

    buckyne Active Member

    Dec 26, 2010
    My wife was nice enough to stop at the local scheels and pick up some primers on the way home. Unfortunately they only had magnum primers left in the large rifle variety. I have never used magnum primers. I only reload for 223, 243, 280 & 308. I still have several hundred regular large rifle primers left so I am not in dire need. None of the reloading manuals I have show use of the magnum primers. Any ideas on what to do. I would be open to trade or return but the scheesls doesn't have any of the large rifle primers in stock to exchange for. Should I just sit on the magnum primers? Use them and start load development all over again?

    Thanks for any suggestions.
  2. MudRunner2005

    MudRunner2005 Well-Known Member

    Oct 13, 2008
    Can't you just get a refund at the store? Then when the right size comes in, go back and get them?

  3. Doublezranch

    Doublezranch Well-Known Member

    Mar 24, 2011
    We use large rifle magnum primers in my sons 7mm-08 and they work awesome. I can't imagine that you'd have any trouble but I am not for certain.
  4. Frank in the Laurels

    Frank in the Laurels Well-Known Member

    Jul 15, 2007
    Just use them in any large rifle cartridge...it won't hurt one thing, so don't worry about it a bit..........someday they maybe worth gold so don't trade or give them away.
  5. D.ID

    D.ID Well-Known Member

    Dec 24, 2008
    Yes of course you can use them. You are right that it could effect your loads perfect balance. Not enough to be unsafe unless your already overloaded. If you have a seriously refined load it may or may not need tweaked when you get to that point.
  6. Lefty7mmstw

    Lefty7mmstw Well-Known Member

    May 13, 2012
    Drop any load you try back 5% and work back up. I've used mag. primers in a 243 win pistol before, and it worked well. It got things moving in a hurry and was faster than any regular large rifle primed load. You probably aren't dealing with a 14" barrel, so that will mean less to you, but no worries if you play it safe.
  7. 7 loader

    7 loader Well-Known Member

    Oct 9, 2009
    I agree drop the load back. You should have no trouble. Did this except I used large rifle in my 7mm mag. Still worked after a little work.