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Post by kawa143 on Mon Nov 26, 2012 12:22 am

I'm preparing to load .44 Mag ammo for my 1894 Marlin. I turned to the 49th edition of Lyman reloading manual (Pg #301) and for rifle loads they recommend CCI 300 & 350 which are large PISTOL primers. All of my other center fire lever rifles require large rifle primers. This is the same recommendation in a Speer manual dated 1970/71.

Do to the fact that rifle primers are considered harder and hotter plus being used in a tube fed lever gun this recommendation just doesn't make a lot of sense to me to use a softer primer. What am I missing here?

What say you?

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Post by hawcer on Mon Nov 26, 2012 1:21 am

It's a pistol cartridge, use a pistol primer. A 44 mag isn't going to have a sharp enough or hard enough point on the nose of the bullet to inadvertently set off a round in the tube magazine.

I've only ever used Winchester LP primers in 44mags, I never had any problems.

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Re: Which primer?

Post by kawa143 on Mon Nov 26, 2012 2:45 am

Thanks for your reply. Is there a problem in using rifle primers if for no other reason then to not have to have different types just for this load?
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Re: Which primer?

Post by Reload3006 on Mon Nov 26, 2012 8:06 am

you can use rifle primers they will fit and probably function. But the best and most sound advice is to use the LP primers. It would be a shame to miss that big buck because all you get is a click. or worse
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Post by kawa143 on Mon Nov 26, 2012 11:25 am

You're right Reload3006, thanks again for your reply and input.
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