Which primer to use?

Discussion in 'The Ammo & Reloading Forum' started by howlnmad, Jan 28, 2012.

  1. howlnmad

    howlnmad Well-Known Member Supporting Member

    Nov 26, 2008
    Harriman, Tn
    I'm working up some brass to do a load test (30/30). My Speer manual says to use large rifle magnum primers but none of the others do. I'm loading 150 grn Rem Core-Lokts over H335 powder. The max charge will be 34 grn and working down in .2 increments. Should I use the magnum primers or just go with the large rifle?
  2. whirley

    whirley Member

    Jan 27, 2008
    Magnum primers will give you possibly better ignition and a little more velocity. All my loading manuals specify standard primers,so I'm surprised at that. I only use mangum primers in my .375 H&H. Large case, lots of powder, better ignition. You have acess to the internet, I suggest you ask SPEER about the primers. I'm sure they'll give you a good explanation.

  3. steve4102

    steve4102 Former Guest

    Jan 27, 2006
    335 is a ball/spherical powder that may need a magnum primer to ignite fully, especially in very cold weather . Use em if ya got em.
  4. accident

    accident Well-Known Member Supporting Member

    Sep 11, 2009
    middle GA
    The book I have access to right now is Lymans 47th.It says with 150gr jacketed RN, using H-335 powder starting chge is 34.3gn and max chge is a compressed 39gr. using Large Rifle primer. What do your other books list? Speer's max chge appears to be just below Lyman's recommended start chge? Just concerned..Joe
  5. BobMcG

    BobMcG Well-Known Member Supporting Member

    With the quick scan of some manuals:

    It looks as though either primer should work but maybe it's more important when using CCI brand primers?

    A look through some of my Speer manuals shows that H335 first makes an appearance with them in 30/30 loads in the 10th edition. They did make a change in the charge weight though, from 29.0gr to 33.0gr in editions #10 & #11 down to 28.0gr to 32.0gr in editions #12 - #14. However, they do recommend using a CCI #250 mag primer in all of the #10 - #14 editions with H335.

    A look at some other manuals reveals that at least for their (or non-specified) 30/30 150gr bullet loads:

    Hornady manuals #6 - #8 shows the use of a standard Fed. #210 primer & 27.4gr to 35.0gr of H335.

    Barnes lists their first 30/30 loads in editions #2 & #3 w/their XFN bullets using standard Winchester WLR primers & 26.0gr to 30.0gr of H335. (In edition #4 they went to the TSX bullet and dropped using H335.)

    Lyman #49 though, mentions using a standard CCI #200 primer & 30.5gr to 34.0gr of H335.

    Lee #2 simply mentions using a "large rifle primer" & 29.7gr to 33.0gr of H335.

    Sierra #5, while using standard Rem. #9.5 primers for their 30/30 loads, no loads are shown using H335...
    Last edited: Jan 29, 2012
  6. howlnmad

    howlnmad Well-Known Member Supporting Member

    Nov 26, 2008
    Harriman, Tn
    I don't have a Barnes or Sierra manual but I have referenced all the others except my Speer is #13. The Hodgdon 2003 and 2010 both say LR as well. Speer was the only one that suggested using a LRM and it does specify CCI. I'm going with the 34 grn as max just to split the difference between all the references.
  7. The_Rifleman

    The_Rifleman Active Member

    Feb 10, 2010
    I agree. The spherical powder I've used in winter experienced hang-fires, I solved the problem with a heavier charge weight but a magnum primer may have solved it also.

    I would also suggest working up to 34grains incrementally, instead of "working down." :D
  8. Bindernut

    Bindernut Well-Known Member

    Oct 24, 2007
    ND, USA
    Like Steve and Rifleman noted, H335 (and pretty much any other spherical that I've used) will give more consistent ignition with a hotter primer especially in the cold weather.

    For the 30-30 (and others), I used to use WW748 and I also used Mag primers with it for any cold weather loads.
    I'm now using BLC2 instead, and since it's spherical too I'm still using magnum primers.
  9. howlnmad

    howlnmad Well-Known Member Supporting Member

    Nov 26, 2008
    Harriman, Tn
    I do have a few hundred CCI LRM primers hanging around, I reckon I'll give them a try. Thanks for the help folks.
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