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Old June 6, 2005, 03:51 PM   #1
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Which manufacturers make "soft" primers vs. "hard" ones?

I've read, but don't have handy, references to certain manufacturers' primers being harder than others. This implies to me that others must be known for being "softer", or at least, not as hard as the hardest ones. Can anyone tell me which makers to look for if looking for "soft" primers?

I'm specifically looking for primers for .44 mag loads.

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Old June 6, 2005, 03:53 PM   #2
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IME, CCI is the hardest, Winchester next, and Federal softest. I've neber used Remington primers.
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Old June 6, 2005, 06:34 PM   #3
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You want soft? Easy. Federal. They are the softest(on average) commercially available primer. CCI are the hardest.

BTW: What are you wanting to cook up for your 44. I have alot of load data for that caliber. I'll give ideas/experiences if they are wanted.
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Old June 6, 2005, 10:33 PM   #4
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Remington are considered to be the most consistent primers. Federal are the softest. For revos with a light trigger you want federal. That is what everyone competitive in revo shoots
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Old June 7, 2005, 01:00 PM   #5
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Thanks for the offer, Ben. At this point I'm still shooting commercial stuff out of my .44.

A friend is reloading for his. He experienced light strikes only after installing a lighter mainspring on his 629 (at my urging). He'd like to keep the lighter spring since it makes the trigger so much nicer. I figured I'd help him out by getting the scoop on primers.

FWIW, he's currently using 11.5gr of Unique behind a 240gr bullet, with (strangely enough) CCI magnum primers. He's going to switch to Federal.

I do reload rifle stuff, but haven't gotten the .44 dies yet. I'm waiting to see how much I shoot it.

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Old June 7, 2005, 09:10 PM   #6
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I love CCI

CCI seem to be just a bit harder and in my mind a little more consistant. with many many thousands shot i have yet to have one not go bang when i should
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