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Old February 18, 2006, 07:37 PM   #1
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.44 Mag and .44 Spl > Magnum Primers ?

I've decided to go with Clays Universal ( Universal Clays) Powder
( that IS the same as "Universal" in the load books - ISN' T IT ?? )
Building .44 S&W Special and .44 Magnum
For use in a Ruger Super REdhawk - 7 1/2 "

Question is..........

Large Pistol "Magnum" Primers.... or.... regular Large Pistol
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Old February 18, 2006, 07:42 PM   #2
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The Regular Large Pistol Primers Will Work Just Fine.

Take it to the bank.
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Old February 18, 2006, 08:51 PM   #3
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And, yes, Universal Clays and Hodgdon Universal are the same powder.

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Old February 19, 2006, 10:28 AM   #4
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Every book I have says to use large pistol primers unless you for fast burning powders such as Universal Clays.
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Old February 19, 2006, 12:22 PM   #5
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I've never used a magnum primer in any 44 except with H-110 which it speciffically called for. I wasn't fond of the load so never used em again.
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Old February 19, 2006, 01:11 PM   #6
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Never was fond of magnum primers and never used a powder that required them, use N110 and 2400 and both ignite just fine with standard primers
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Old February 19, 2006, 07:57 PM   #7
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I kind of have the same question:

I found some .44mag cases that I, at some point in the past, got ready to load, but didn't get around to it. I loaded them and shot them today with a .44 Special load. I liked the performance, but can't remember if I had used Large Pistol primers or Magnum primers.

Would there be much of a performance difference if the only variable that was changed was the primer? If I loaded 50 rounds with Mag primers and 50 rounds with LP primers but left everything else the same, would I notice anything?
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Old February 20, 2006, 09:23 AM   #8
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Yes, magnum primers will increase pressure to some extent
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Old February 20, 2006, 09:30 AM   #9
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Well, I guess I do just that.....load some with Mag primers and some with LP primers and then see which performs better.

Sorry for hijacking the thread.......
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Old February 20, 2006, 09:50 AM   #10
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but

Magnum primers most likely will increase pressure, but not always.

Magnum primers can enhance accuracy, but not always.

Magnum primers can enhance powder ignition, but not always.

I use Magnum primers for many specific applications, but not always.
I test.

When in doubt use Winchester Large Pistol primers.
Or test.
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Old February 20, 2006, 10:31 AM   #11
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For 44 loads I now use the Winchester No. WLP LARGE PISTOL for STANDARD or MAGNUM pistol loads.

Regardless if I am using Unique , 2400 , H110 or 296 , this primer has given me the best results in regards to accuracy.
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Old February 20, 2006, 12:35 PM   #12
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In my magnums I always use Magnum primers. In my 44's I use cci 350 mag pistol primers and H110 and 2400 powder. Works great and all powder is burnt. And since I've discovered the LFCD, I now crimp everything. That helped my accuracy wonders. You just have to test things out to see what's best for your situation. Each gun is different.
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Old February 23, 2006, 02:15 AM   #13
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I only use magnum primers

on very heavy charges of a slow powder like 296. Since I usually load my magnums to medium velocity levels, using very light-for caliber bullets and faster powders, I use WLP or another LP and have never had a problem. I bought one case of the magnums years ago and still have a bunch sitting around collecting dust. I have never had ignition problems of lots of residue, with very few exceptions. In short, unless a load requires them, I would use the standard primers that most of us already have a ton of.

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