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Old May 5, 2013, 05:42 PM   #1
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Small primer .45ACP

Well, I had been throwing the small primer brass away or leaving it lay but a few months ago I began saving it. I now have a coffee can full of mostly Blazer brass so I decided to load some up this afternoon. I must admit that it is easy to switch between 9mm and .45 on the Dillon if you don't need to fool with the primer apparatus. I may grow to like the damn small primer brass after all. I will shoot them this week and see how they do. Using Tula small rifle primers and the same load of 231 under a 200 SWC that I have always used. The only problem was that a couple of large primer brass ended up in the can. You can feel it right away and it wasn't an issue.
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Old May 5, 2013, 05:52 PM   #2
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Don't throw them away, they work just fine.
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Old May 5, 2013, 06:00 PM   #3
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I use small pistol primers with the same powder load as I do with the same bullet, powder and large pistol primers in normal cases. I have never tried small rifle primers. I would think the pressure would increase using them and light strikes might be possible.
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Old May 5, 2013, 06:30 PM   #4
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I save the small primer brass till I have enough of them to take up 100 primers. I shoot them when I know I will not be able to pick them all back up.
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Old May 5, 2013, 08:37 PM   #5
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Be careful not to get the stuff mixed up if reloading on a progressive. I don't have the pictures but a gentleman loading 45 ACP brass on a Dillion 1050 basically blew his press all to pieces when he tried to put a large pistol primer in a small primer 45 ACP brass.

This guy said he was using federal primers in a Hornady LNL and he tried to force a tight primer. It was not the same situation as a large primer in small primer brass, but just look at the fun he had!


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Old May 6, 2013, 11:48 AM   #6
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"One man's ceiling is another man's floor."

I have a hard time visualizing how a forced primer can set off the tube on a Dillon press, at least a 550. The primer seating function is about 2 inches laterally from the primer tube.

Anyhow, I fired my first 50 with the small rifle primers. I could not tell any difference from my normal load. I think I'm with M&P and will use them when it is too much trouble to recover the brass.

BTW- I only use small rifle primers in all small primer applications and have for a number of years. One less thing to keep up with.

PS - I bet it was due to using One Shot!
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Old May 6, 2013, 04:21 PM   #7
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Apparently I'm not the only one that sees small primer 45ACP as "when you have to leave it on the ground anyway" fodder.
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