Small rifle primer vs small pistol primer???

Discussion in 'Reloading' started by HUAINAMACHERO, May 18, 2011.

  1. HUAINAMACHERO

    HUAINAMACHERO Well-Known Member

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    I have a 223 Rem, dont live in the States and it is hard to get reloading stuff.
    I need primers to reload for my 223 Rem, but can only get small pistol primers. Cant find here small rifle primers. Would the small pistol primers work properly to reload in 223 Rem??? I am using original Winchester 223 Rem brass, Varget powder, 55grains nosler bullets.
    Thanks for the help.
     
  2. Gunpoor

    Gunpoor Well-Known Member

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    I don't think you want to use pistol primers in a high pressure round like the 223Rem. The reason I advise against them is the cup is too thin and won't stand the pressure and will probably rupture. Sorry guy
     

  3. R.Ph. 380

    R.Ph. 380 Member

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    I think your firing pin might punch through too easily, The SRP are harder and the base is a little thicker. I wouldn't try it.

    Bill
     
  4. kweidner

    kweidner Well-Known Member

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    I have used them in my hornet. Best load for it. not near as much pressure as a .223. Would it work? probably but the primer like already said might not hold up as well.
     
  5. lloydsmale

    lloydsmale Well-Known Member

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    cci uses the same cups for rifle and handgun primers and its been common knowlege for years that there small pistol mag is nothing but a small rifle standard in different packaging.
     
  6. Chugiakbilly

    Chugiakbilly Active Member

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    The problem the poster has is he only has access to SMALL PISTOL primers... by using the CCI primers he might overcome his predicament. Consult with CCI before you attempt this however. Keep your powder dry.gun)
     
  7. LtBlue425

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    Once upon a time I experimented putting Large Rifle standard primers in 45ACP cases. The firing pin would barely dimple the cup and numerous primers needed a double strike to fire. It really showed the difference in cup hardness. Bottom line, I'd avoid using pistol primers in rifle cases as a general rule.