Small pistol primer question

Discussion in 'The Ammo & Reloading Forum' started by Smitty14, Dec 12, 2009.

  1. Smitty14

    Smitty14 New Member

    Nov 26, 2008
    I am reloading 9mm brass with Dardas 125 grain lead bullets and I don't know whether to use the remington 1 1/2 or the 5 1/2 small pistol primers. I Will either work? When should you use the 1 1/2 or the 5 1/2 small pistol primers?
    Thank you.
  2. Alpo

    Alpo Well-Known Member

    Feb 3, 2007
    NW Florida
    The 1 1/2 are Small Pistol, and the 5 1/2 are Small Pistol Magnum. With 9mm, you have no need for magnum primers. I'd stick to the 1 1/2s.

  3. Smitty14

    Smitty14 New Member

    Nov 26, 2008
    Thank you for the reply. I will definitely only use the 1 1/2.
  4. Insulation Tim

    Insulation Tim Well-Known Member

    Oct 29, 2008
    I've used both with no problems whatsoever. There was a time when I was happy to be able to purchase any small pistol primers so I bought what was available. I, as well, shoot Matt Dardas' lead bullets (the best I've ever purchased).

    The same holds true for my 45 Kimber. Large Pistol Regular, Match and Magnum. Whatever was available at the time.

    I'm not saying that what I do is correct....I've just never had any problems.
  5. Oneida Steve

    Oneida Steve Well-Known Member

    Sep 28, 2006
    Upstate NY
    +1 to Alpo that you don't need magnum primers with the fast-burning powders used in 9mm reloads.

    And +1 to Tim. I also have switched magnum and non-magnum primers with the same reload data. No problems.

    If you have the standard ( 1 1/2) primers, use them.
  6. Smitty14

    Smitty14 New Member

    Nov 26, 2008
    Thanks to all for the great information. I am fairly new to this site and enjoy the wealth of information that The Firearms Forum provides.
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