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Old June 24, 2012, 05:33 PM   #1
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Pistol vs Rifle primers question

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Easy question. I understand there are differences between the two types of primers - i.e. pistol vs riflle, among other differences as well.

I have an opportunity to buy a large number of small rifle primers, but I am just getting into reloading 9mm for my pistol. I got Remington 1 1/2 primers from the gun store on recommendation from them. They were out of the non-magnum pistol primers from CCI.

A friend is selling a ton of small rifle magnum primers - kvb5.56M a.k.a. WolfSRM.

Will these work for my situation? I would love to have versatility with my components, but not at the expense of safety, of course.

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Old June 24, 2012, 05:52 PM   #2
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Small rifle will likely give higher velocity (higher pressure). Magnum small rifle will be higher still.

The bigger problem is that they are harder, so can cause light strikes in a handgun.

I might use small rifle if thats all that I could find, but definitely wouldn't use small rifle magnum in a pistol, unless a magnum was called for already...
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Old June 24, 2012, 06:12 PM   #3
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I wouldn't touch what you are suggesting, not a good idea! William
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Old June 24, 2012, 06:14 PM   #4
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I have no verification of this, but have been told that a CCI 550 small pistol magnum is the same as the CCI 400 small rifle.
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Old June 24, 2012, 07:19 PM   #5
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The last couple of years I've used 3,000 small rifle primers (WOLF) in 9mm and 38 special and only had 1 FTF. Not a problem, they are a little harder to install as they are slightly larger so make sure they are seated all the way down. I couldn't tell the diff between cci and russian primers. I load 40,000 rounds a year and even have some on order now to use this summer, get them and use them up. Charlie
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