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Thread: Federal 200 Small Rifle Primers

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    Boolit Buddy metricmonkeywrench's Avatar
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    Apr 2016

    Federal 200 Small Rifle Primers

    Have a feller locally selling off some of his Dads old reloading supplies and one of his items are some way old Federal 200 Small Rifle Primers. By the current references #200 are small pistol magnum primers.

    Are they worth grabbing? All I load is .233/5.56 with Small Rifle Primers

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    Boolit Bub
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    Boise, Idaho
    If the price is right and they've been properly stored, I'd grab them and use them with no worries.

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    Boolit Grand Master Outpost75's Avatar
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    May 2013
    over the hill, out in the woods and far away
    Federal 200 compares to the military .30 carbine or 9mm primer, having a cup of base metal thickness 0.018+0.0015/-0.000"

    It is used for factory loading of .30 M1 Carbine, 9mm +P, .357 Magnum, .222 Remington.

    IT IS NOT SUITABLE for loading 5.56mm in full charge loads to military specs as the thinner primer cup WILL puncture and may be subject to slam-fires if the AR bolt carrier is dropped upon a chambered round.

    For .223 Rem. and 5.56 use Federal 205, Remington 7-1/2 or CCI M41 primers.
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    Boolit Master
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    As far as I know, the Federal 200 now is the same as it always was. It used to be called a small rifle primer. All that has changed is the name. I don't think those are terribly old, that looks like 90's era packaging for Federal. I would buy them if the price was fair.

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Abbreviations used in Reloading

BP Bronze Point IMR Improved Military Rifle PTD Pointed
BR Bench Rest M Magnum RN Round Nose
BT Boat Tail PL Power-Lokt SP Soft Point
C Compressed Charge PR Primer SPCL Soft Point "Core-Lokt"
HP Hollow Point PSPCL Pointed Soft Point "Core Lokt" C.O.L. Cartridge Overall Length
PSP Pointed Soft Point Spz Spitzer Point SBT Spitzer Boat Tail
LRN Lead Round Nose LWC Lead Wad Cutter LSWC Lead Semi Wad Cutter
GC Gas Check