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Old February 4, 2013, 08:22 PM   #1
Bubba the Roach
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small mag rifle primers

so the shortage of primers is pretty bad, when you can find them people want upwards of $70 for a case. I found some CCI smr for $39 so i bought them. I normally use them for .223 and also .357mag. My question is what affect will this have on my loads. I reload for Mini 14 ranch, mossberg MVP and .357mag taruaus tracker 4in bbl. I never load hot usually around 25gns of w748 or cfe223 for 55gn bullets. For .357mag around 14gn w296 158gn bullets Thanks for the input

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Old February 4, 2013, 09:14 PM   #2
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Always start low and work up. Don't swap primers unless you already have a load you personally have tested.

I typically start out with 10% less powder and work back up.
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Old February 4, 2013, 09:28 PM   #3
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If you were using magnum primers before then you may end up having to increase a slight bit on the ,223 loads. Though I would advise backing the powder off a half grain, and working up from there.
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