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Old September 4, 2012, 08:55 PM   #1
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Sellier & Bellot Primers?

I was thinking about placing a large order for Sellier and Bellot small pistol primers. Intended uses are 9mm, .40, .357 (loads for standard primers), .38 Special and .38 Super.

I was already to buy when I noticed their website...

Look closely at the table. They're recommending Small Pistol Magnum primers for .40 S&W and Small Rifle Primers for .357 magnum.

Huh? I've never seen a manufacturer recommend magnum primers for .40 S&W or small rifle primers for .357 magnum.

Thoughts? Has anyone actually used these?
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Old September 4, 2012, 09:12 PM   #2
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Haven't used any, yet, but have used and like their loaded ammo. Who is selling their primers?
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Old September 4, 2012, 11:57 PM   #3
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FWIW CCI small rifle is nearly identical in every aspect to small pistol magnum. S&B is probably similar in that regard.
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Old September 5, 2012, 05:54 AM   #4
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I´ve used thousands of them along with CCI, Win and Rem. They are very good and the only non american primers I´ve ever used. Can´t tell any difference. I only use small pistol for 9mm, .32 sw long and .38 Spcl.
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Old September 5, 2012, 06:11 AM   #5
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Here`s a simple non scientific test for small primers.

Ya need a couple of new #2 pencils , seat ya primers , chamber the primed round , point barrel straight up & fire it , note how high it goes & damage to eraser/pemcil.

Normal Safety gear applies.

Like I said , not very scientific ,but will give ya a good idea when comparing the strength of primers .

Always start over when changing components , especially in low volume , hi pressure rounds .

With my exp in 357Mag & MAX I WOULD NOT attempt to use SR primers in the smaller cases without published data !
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Old September 5, 2012, 06:34 PM   #6
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You may find S&B primers seat noticeably lower in American cases (and conversely US primers seat high in S&B cases)
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