Small Primer 45ACP Brass

Discussion in 'The Ammo & Reloading Forum' started by USMCSpeedy, Dec 4, 2012.

  1. USMCSpeedy

    USMCSpeedy Member

    Jan 22, 2009
    Does anyone out there know where I can get 45ACP NT small primer brass? I bought a some loaded ammo with it and have started reloading it. I would like to get some more of it. I load 9mm an 38/357 as well and its nice only have to keep one size primer around.
    Last edited: Dec 4, 2012
  2. joncutt87

    joncutt87 Active Member

    May 24, 2011
    Kannapolis, NC
    I have a couple once fired

  3. Bindernut

    Bindernut Well-Known Member

    Oct 24, 2007
    ND, USA
    As far as I know, no one is selling new SP .45ACP brass yet.
    Not many folks willingly looking for it and I'd suspect there are quite a few guys on here that would gladly send you theirs though.

    I just keep mine segregated by primer size...but I also load for other calibers that use LP primers so I have both on hand anyway.
  4. USMCSpeedy

    USMCSpeedy Member

    Jan 22, 2009
    If anyone has some you want to get rid of. Let me know.
  5. myfriendis410

    myfriendis410 Member

    Mar 30, 2011
    Lompoc California
    Sorry; whenever it pops up on the range I pitch it. Haven't seen any in over a year 'though.
  6. ozo

    ozo Well-Known Member

    Jan 20, 2011
    Nashville TN
    The NT indicates 'non-toxic' and the ammo
    mfg says it is not re-loadable, although it is.

    I understand wanting to simplify....
    and use the small primers.

    I would not use the small primers on .45acp,
    that's me personally.
    You will have slower fps, maybe less than 50fps,
    depending on your recipe. Yet still slower.
    .45acp with large primers are much better performers
    and all data commonly used to re-load them are for
    components using them.
  7. soundguy

    soundguy Well-Known Member

    May 8, 2012
    what's NR about it? non standard flash hole or anvil? case material 1-use thin like the cci stuff ( aluminum ).. etc.?
  8. woolleyworm

    woolleyworm Well-Known Member

    Feb 23, 2009
    SW Fort Worth
  9. gdmoody

    gdmoody Moderator Supporting Member

    Sep 7, 2007
    Athens, Georgia
    I've got a hand full of it, send me your address and I will send it to you. I hate the stuff.
  10. Bindernut

    Bindernut Well-Known Member

    Oct 24, 2007
    ND, USA
    You have chrony data to back up that it is the primer size?
    I've never found any noticeable velocity difference in my loads that could be directly attributed to the size of the primer. 25-30fps is what I normally see and it's a normal acceptable deviation for my own .45ACP reloads.
    Maybe the difference is caused by internal case volume, maybe by the smaller primer, I can't say 100% which is the culprit.

    Besides the PitA during priming, that's why I keep em separated...but I sort my pistol brass by brand as well unless I'm just loading plinking ammo.

    You are correct that all the published data out there is for "standard" LP brass. Doesn't mean that you can't work up a load using that data with SP brass though. :)

    I strongly suspect that we'll see more and more SP .45ACP brass in the future. Several manufacturers have regular (not non-toxic) loads that use SP brass too.
    I'm thinking that the manufacturers are going to wind up simplifying their production process by gravitationg to just one primer size. They'd only need to stock one USMCSpeedy's thinking.
    I wasn't too keen on the idea at first, but I can accept it and I won't be surprised if we start seeing .44Mag or other cartridges switching to small primers too.
  11. Bindernut

    Bindernut Well-Known Member

    Oct 24, 2007
    ND, USA
    The manufacturers are saying that it's non-reloadable because when the NT ammo was introduced, the NT primers weren't commonly available to reloaders.
    Now, pretty much every brand out there has a DDNP compound non-toxic primer so the "it's not reloadable" isn't true anymore.

    -Yes, the flash holes are larger in a lot of NT brass.
    The Federal SP .45ACP brass that I've got is not marked NT and it has the same size flash hole as some older Federal LP .45 hows that for adding more confusion. :)

    -DDNP is actually a hotter burning primer compound than the standard Lead Styphnate formulas. Maybe this is why they're only making them in SP sizes...don't need as much primer compound to light off a powder charge.

    -DDNP is sensitive to moisture so yeah if you stockpile a bunch for future use, I would store them in a dry box with dessicant packs.
    I think this is where the big fear of "limited shelf life" primers came from. If they're assembled in loaded ammo, they'll be just as moisture resistant as the powder in the same cartridge. the powder is moisture sensitve too after all.

    But, I've been loading my SP brass (NT marked or not) with standard primers with no problems.
    If you have the large flash hole NT brass, don't use em for max loads. You might see flattened or blown primers. I personally haven't seen this...but I don't care to try it either so I use the large flash hole NT brass for mild loads.

    Confused yet? :D That's why so many guys are just plain chucking the stuff in the recycle bin.
    Last edited: Dec 5, 2012
  12. time2shoot

    time2shoot Well-Known Member Supporting Member

    Jan 17, 2012
    Brandon SD
    I do think fedral has them.
  13. GCSOA38

    GCSOA38 New Member

    Oct 12, 2012
    I've been putting all the SP brass i have in a plastic bin, hoping one day I'll have enough and find someone who wants to trade for LP.
  14. USMCSpeedy

    USMCSpeedy Member

    Jan 22, 2009
    GDMoody, I sent you a PM. Thanks.

    GCSOA38, If I had more than 10 pieces of LP it would be a trade. :)

  15. Clipper

    Clipper Well-Known Member

    Mar 21, 2010
    Amarillo, TX
    I have a bunch, maybe 50 or so, I'll check. PM Me your address and I can get it to you. I certainly don't want anything to do with them.
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