CCI Magnum Primers

Magnum Primers Not Necessary


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CCI Magnum Primers
CCI Magnum Primers

Q: A guy I hunt with says to use Magnum primers all the time, no matter what the powder and cartridge is being loaded. He claims to be using Magnum primers in all his loads and says ignition can’t be too positive. Is he right?
Martin Charlton

A: No! There are disadvantages to using Magnum primers all the time. Magnum primers when not needed, can cause erratic velocity and higher pressure. I always use standard primers unless I am

Magnum & Non Magnum comparison. Image - The High Road
Magnum & Non Magnum comparison. Image – The High Road

loading a cartridge such as a large capacity smallbore magnum with difficult-to-ignite slow-burning propellants or a smaller cartridge which takes 50-plus grains of a spherical powder.


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Nick Harvey

Nick Harvey is one of the world's most experienced and knowledgeable gun writers, a true legend of the business. He has been writing about firearms and hunting for more than 65 years, has published many books and uncounted articles, and has travelled the world to hunt and shoot. His reloading manuals are highly sought after, and his knowledge of the subject is unmatched. He has been Sporting Shooter's Gun Editor for longer than anyone can remember. Nick lives in rural NSW, Australia.

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