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Old August 25, 2015, 10:43 AM   #1
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Large primer 357 magnum brass?

I was at the gun store last evening and they had a lot of sorted 1 time fired brass. I was looking at the 357 magnum brass when a few pieces caught my eye. They where set up for large primers. I did not buy them but now I am thinking I should just for the uniqueness of it.

Is there any load data out there for large pistol primers in 357 magnum? Id like to actually try to shoot a a few of them once or twice.
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Old August 25, 2015, 11:18 AM   #2
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Starline Brass had this to say about large primers and .357s on their web site:

"Many years ago, the 38 and 357 mag cases had large primers but someone realized that a small would work just fine. You will probably never encounter these cases but if you do make sure you reduce your load especially if it is a hot one."
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Old August 25, 2015, 11:24 AM   #3
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If you look at old reloading books 70's and back you see most 357 loads called for a mag primer with most powders.
I never used them because a std primer worked just fine.
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Old August 25, 2015, 11:35 AM   #4
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I've used mag primers in pistols quite often, when primers were scarce.
Never had a problem.
But this was a question about large primers in .357s.
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Old August 25, 2015, 12:19 PM   #5
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I was at the gun store last evening and they had a lot of sorted 1 time fired brass. I was looking at the 357 magnum brass when a few pieces caught my eye. They where set up for large primers. I did not buy them but now I am thinking I should just for the uniqueness of it.
I have 38 Special cases with large primer pockets, I did not think they were unique, I sort by head stamps. My 38 Special cases with large primer pockets have Peters and S&W head stamps.

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Old August 25, 2015, 01:14 PM   #6
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First time I've ever heard of such a thing. Always have been small primers since I started shoot'n. Interesting ... Other than one or two for display, the rest would go in the round file.
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Old August 25, 2015, 04:39 PM   #7
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Other than one or two for display, the rest would go in the round file.
Round file? I have cases in sets, meaning I have the box with the fiber divider that contains 50 cases.

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Old August 25, 2015, 07:03 PM   #8
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Round File trash can.
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Old August 25, 2015, 10:20 PM   #9
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Round File trash can.
I knew what the round file was, I have the cases and the box they came in 70 + years ago. I have no reservations about loading the cases. I also have an R-P 270 Winchester case that uses a Berdan primer. Before hitting the round file I would put the case with other metal I plan to sell for recycling.

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Old August 26, 2015, 01:45 PM   #10
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I would have no reservations either on loading them either... but as cheap and available as 'normal' .357 cases are, there is no point. Same way I feel about the abnormal .45 ACP small primer cases. I just round file 'em if happen to show up. I don't bother to recyle them as it would take a long time to build up enough 'volume' to be worth it which then takes up space.
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Old August 26, 2015, 03:35 PM   #11
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The way the primer situation is and has been recently, it might be worthwhile to keep the brass with the contrary primers.
Just in case the usual ones get scarce.
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Old August 26, 2015, 03:53 PM   #12
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if the cases were newer, could they be those "green" primers they made for indoor ranges, like they are putting in 45 auto ???
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Old August 30, 2015, 07:42 AM   #13
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Large primed brass is normally quite old and valuable.

A piece of it goes for around $2 to $5 in decent shape at most collector's shows.

I have about 30 pieces now of 357 Large primed and around 60 of 38/44 large primed.

Definitely not trash can fodder.
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