Primers for a 204

Discussion in 'Rifles, Bullets, Barrels & Ballistics' started by Bitman, Feb 12, 2009.

  1. Bitman

    Bitman Member

    Feb 12, 2009
    I'm new to reloading, and haven't even shot my new gun yet.
    I'm getting everything together to reload, right now.
    How important is it to use Bench or Match primers for shooting P.dogs?
    My local supplier has several 1000 of the CCI, small rifle primers, but no bench primers.
    I don't remember if they where magnum or regular, does that matter?
    I was thinking I should just buy all he has, and be happy.
    Your thoughts please.
    Thanks, Dave
  2. 6mm Shooter

    6mm Shooter Well-Known Member

    Jul 21, 2007
    I use CCI 450 almost exclusively in all my small rifle applications.

  3. MagnumManiac

    MagnumManiac Well-Known Member

    Feb 25, 2008
    Others will query this statement, but, the primer has the least effect on accuracy in comparison to any other component.

    Now, I always use 'match' primers in my long range handloads, either magnum or standard, depending on the cartridge in question, only for the sake that I know they are a 'match' primer.
    These are what I recommend, Federal being my preferred brand.

    I do not believe that you require a 'magnum' primer in your 204, but it doesn't hurt to try the same load with both to see which is more accurate, or which gives the least in ES's and SD's, working up both individually of course.
    If all you can get is CCI, then go for it, it won't matter what brand you use, just don't mix and match, settle on one brand and stick with it.