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mblascak
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Posted: July 20 2009 at 12:20pm | IP Logged Quote mblascak

Hey Everyone,

I am relatively new to handloading and have found most information that i need. However, there is one last item i need to figure out. I purchased 500 9mm Luger casings to get started and my understanding is that CCI and Winchester casings use thier respective manuf primer, and are not interchangeable. I have no problem with that, but i also have, federal, PMC, and a whole bunch of other casings that i have sorted.

my question is, how do you know what casing accepts what primer? I cant find any compatibility charts, etc anywhere on the net, or in manufacturer sites. I probably have about 10 other different casing manufacturers or more. i can post the headstamps if necessary, but if there is a chart or listing somewhere?

Thanks a bunch!

Any help would be appreciated

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Posted: July 20 2009 at 12:35pm | IP Logged Quote Rigmarol

Welcome to the forum mblascak!

I have never heard anything that says you have to use the same brand primer with any brand case.

Not sure where you got your info from, I'd be curious to read about it too.

There are the following mainstream primers:

small pistol
large pistol
small rifle
large rifle

They can come in standard or magnum
They can be cheap plinkers or ultra quality bench rest competition grade.

Some are thicker or stronger than others and can take a harder strike from a firing pin. Others are thin and may get pierced by too hard a strike.

Bottom line, there are many manufacturers but only 4 "sizes" in the mainstream popular cartridges.

I'm no expert, but that's the info I have at this point in my life.

Again, welcome.

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Posted: July 20 2009 at 12:39pm | IP Logged Quote gotsig?

I have used CCI, Winchester and Federal primers on all kinds of brass. Right now I'm loading 9mm PMC's with WSP's and will move on to Win. then Federal casings. I don't care what brass I'm loading- any primers I have work just fine.
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Posted: July 20 2009 at 12:40pm | IP Logged Quote lovesrugers

First off welcome to the forum. Now onto your question. There are only 2 sizes of pistol primers generally available to reloaders. They are small pistol and large pistol. Your 9mm cases regardless of manufacturer will all take small pistol primers made by any manufacturer. You can easily use a cci small pistol primer in a 9mm winchester case, or a winchester small pistol primer in a cci/speer case etc.

Other than that just beware that small rifle primers are the same size as small pistol primers. Also watch out for primer type, magnum or regular.

For a begining reloader it is often easiest to just use whatever primer the load data you are using specifies.

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Posted: July 20 2009 at 9:15pm | IP Logged Quote mblascak

Excellent. Thanks everyone. I have a buddy who has been reloading for a long time, but he has been out of town. He says exactly the same as you all. I will CM onward!

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Posted: July 21 2009 at 4:45am | IP Logged Quote winwun

You didn't indicate what type (s) of gun (s) you will be shooting, but be advised that certain guns are very picky about how the bullet is made . . .

Conversely, there are guns that will eat anything you feed them . . .

If yoiu encounter feeding problems, carefully check (and maybe vary a little) the COL, shape/size/construction of the bullet, and other variables that are subject to modification.

Before you do any of that, though, put your situation on this forum and get some input from people who have been there/done that -- no need for you to have to re-invent the wheel . . .

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