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Old August 22, 2009, 06:27 PM   #1
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38 / 357 primer size

I know I use reg primers on the 38 and mags on the 357 reloads but is the 38 / 357 a small or large primer shell?
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Old August 22, 2009, 06:29 PM   #2
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Old August 22, 2009, 06:32 PM   #3
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Thank you I havent been reloading these yet but I need to know in case anyone EVER gets any primers in ...Thanks Again
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Old August 22, 2009, 06:33 PM   #4
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I just glance over your post. To clarify. Small pistol. You do not need magnum primers. If you are thinking about starting reloading. Get a good reloading manual. Lyman, lee. Hornady. But start there.
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Old August 22, 2009, 06:39 PM   #5
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Actually, some powders for 357mag loads do call for mag primers. The load data info should mention which one is needed.

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Old August 22, 2009, 06:40 PM   #6
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I know I use reg primers on the 38 and mags on the 357 reloads but is the 38 / 357 a small or large primer shell?
Please don't take this the wrong way. It is, of course, good that you asked the question. But....what I infer from the question is that you need to read more about reloading. You need to get a manual, if you don't have one, and read through the sections about the reloading process and components. Primer info is very basic and is printed right along with powder and bullet selection data, etc. for every cartridge in every manual.
You do not, in fact, have to use magnum primers for every .357 Magnum load. Many loads will function perfectly well with standard small pistol primers.
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Old August 22, 2009, 06:56 PM   #7
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+1 for darkgael -

Check out your reloading manuals. Most .357 Magnum loads don't require magnum primers. Winchester 296 stands out as one of the few that do, IIRC.

Powders like WW231 and Bullseye don't need magnum primers.
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Old August 22, 2009, 07:55 PM   #8
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If you pick up some WinClean brass the primers will be even smallerthan normal.
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Old August 22, 2009, 11:36 PM   #9
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Whether to use Magnum primers is a matter of the type of powder used, not the case length or size. Some .38 Special loads do benefit from using Magnum primers.

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Old August 22, 2009, 11:57 PM   #10
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In a pinch, you can also use small rifle primers, but you have to work-up the load again if it's anywhere near the upper end of the load data. (if your gun has a wimpy spring or lightweight hammer, it *might* not set off a rifle primer, but I've never had a problem with it)
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Old August 23, 2009, 12:01 AM   #11
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Some .38 Special loads do benefit from using Magnum primers.
All of my .38 loads lately have benefitted from the use of Magnum primers......because I ran out of regulars and can't find anymore!
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