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    Federal Magnum Lg. Rifle Primers

    I normally use Winchester Lg. Rifle Standard primers in my B.P. .40/65 load. I load 58 Gr. of Swiss 1-1/2 with a .30 fiber wad behind a 410 gr. bullet I am running out and replacement of Winchester primers is not going to happen soon. I have 300 Federal L.R. Magnum primers and am considering using them until I run out. I need opinions

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    That's all I use in my Sharps rifles with blackpowder loads! I didn't mention calibers.......45/70 and 45100!

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    Quote Originally Posted by jednorris View Post
    I normally use Winchester Lg. Rifle Standard primers in my B.P. .40/65 load. I load 58 Gr. of Swiss 1-1/2 with a .30 fiber wad behind a 410 gr. bullet I am running out and replacement of Winchester primers is not going to happen soon. I have 300 Federal L.R. Magnum primers and am considering using them until I run out. I need opinions
    Sure. I think you are on the right track.
    I use standard Large pistol primers as a mater of course and Like Remington 2-1/2, as well as Federal standard Large pistol match.

    I don't know what all you have in your inventory, but give them a try. You for sure don't need a magnum primer, either pistol nor rifle version, to set off the BP. Standard pistol primers work well. However, if the magnums are what is available, you may find a great (accurate) load. Try them.

    There is one exception to the pistol primer use; older rifles, and by older I mean 1800's era rifles sometimes had very large firing pins in the 0.091 - 0125" diameter range. Sometimes pistol primers will rupture in these rifles. Firing pin erosion happens fast. Be aware if you are trying pistol primers in one of these.
    Chill Wills

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    All I use for BPCR are standard large rifle primers. Haven't found a magnum primer to make much of a difference.

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    I use magnum rifle primers in my 450 BPE with 110 grains of BP. I don't know that you would notice the difference.

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    magnum primers were all the rage for BPCR 20 years ago - the rage seems to have faded over the years - been there tried both couldn't notice a difference. I like Federal LR primers they seem to be a bit softer - (need less of a whack to set them off ) suits me I have a couple rifles I weakened mainspring to get a decent trigger letoff.
    Had some failures with winchester brass coloured primers ages ago - flat out would not go off no matter what - dunno how old they were - I always thought Winchester was silver . Anyway - switched to federal - the big boxes are kinda silly but the primers are good.!

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    I have one load for my 45-70 , 500 gr. Pointy Brooks bullet .460” and 80 grs. of Old Eynesford 1.5 Fed LMRP that shoots into one hole @200 yds. You just have to try them.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Randy Bohannon View Post
    I have one load for my 45-70 , 500 gr. Pointy Brooks bullet .460” and 80 grs. of Old Eynesford 1.5 Fed LMRP that shoots into one hole @200 yds. You just have to try them.
    Maybe I do -----cant see that hole at 200 is a bit of a problem for me.....................

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    Quote Originally Posted by Randy Bohannon View Post
    I have one load for my 45-70 , 500 gr. Pointy Brooks bullet .460” and 80 grs. of Old Eynesford 1.5 Fed LMRP that shoots into one hole @200 yds. You just have to try them.

    Randy, I get a lot of pone hole groups too, but they are scattered all over the paper

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    As mentioned above magnum primers were used when I was competing in BPCR. My load used Federal 215M (match primers) and while probably not necessary the did ignite winning loads in my rifle. Browning 1885 in .45-70 purpose built for BPCR silhouette and mid-range.

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    Plenty of primers available on Gunbroker. Oh say for a thousand large rifle 300.00+. Just nuts

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    Quote Originally Posted by Tom Trevor View Post
    Plenty of primers available on Gunbroker. Oh say for a thousand large rifle 300.00+. Just nuts
    WOW!
    I think some of us squirrels that prepared for winter should sell our extra primers to the needy with deep pockets. I would happy to be rewarded for my thinking ahead. The Clinton primer years taught some of us older guys.
    Chill Wills

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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
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