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Old November 12, 1999, 12:20 PM   #1
Jack Straw
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This may sound like a bit of an odd question, but I was wondering if the new Win primers are suitable for use with Win 296. The box says they are for standard or magnum applications, but I thought I would see if anyone had used the new primers with 296 and what the results were. Or should I stick with a specified "magnum" primer (such as CCI)?

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Old November 12, 1999, 01:01 PM   #2
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I have been using the Win regular/mag LP primer exclusivley when I load 296 (may favorite 357/44 MAG powder)for years. If you have the primers on hand I would say use them. Since Win makes the powder, their primers should work for their powder.

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Old November 12, 1999, 02:16 PM   #3
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According to an article published in "American Rifleman" in roughly 1984, Winchester primers all contain an aluminum oxide fuel element specifically added to facilitate ignition of their ball powders. I use a LOT of WW-296 in both 357 and 44 Magnum applications, and the Winchester LP and CCI 350 primers both produce very consistent results--small velocity SD's, superb accuracy, and high velocities with safe and sane pressures. I cannot discern a significant difference in heat range between the two primers, but your mileage may vary. BTW--my first post here, and this looks like a real nice place to learn something!
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Old November 12, 1999, 04:19 PM   #4
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Thanks guys.

It should seem kind of obvious to me that Winchester would make components that work well together and that is why I thought it might sound like a dumb question, but I always like a good second opinion! At the same time, I'm always wary of something that is supposed to be the versatile one-tool-for-all-your-needs (not that Winchester is trying to sell snake oil or anything like that); I just like to have the right tool for the job.

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Glad to have you joining us! TFL has been very helpful to me and I hope you enjoy it as well!

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