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Remington Primer's

A friend bought me 1,000 Remington Small Pistol 1 1/2 primers.  When he gave them to me, I noticed there was a warning about using these primers with .40 S&W, in fact, they say not to use these primers with .40, .357, and a few others.  Can someone let me know why I can't?  I don't understand why they would be labeled small pistol, but not able to be used in small pistol reloading.

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Good question, I would

Good question, I would actually email Remington direct and see what they say why you shouldn't.

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Have no idea but wouldn't use

Have no idea but wouldn't use them till I checked with Remington. 

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Yes, I  with both of you  I

Yes, I  with both of you  I sent a inquiry to Remington and they told me it would be 2 - 3 days before I would receive an answer.  When I do receive it, I will post it in case anyone else has the same situation.

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What a load of crap!

I just received a response from Remington and they wrote "40 S&W uses a 5 1/2 small pistol primer due to the higher pressure it creates. The cup on the 1 1/2 is too thin for the added pressure and the 5 1/2 is recommended for the round. Thank you."  

Why would a company make a sub-standard primer like this?  Unreal - you'd think they would at least label the box differently so persons would easily see that these primers are only for light, small pistols.  I won't be buying any remington products anymore.

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The Remington 5 1/2 small

The Remington 5 1/2 small pistol primer is their small pistol magnum primer and the 1 1/2 is the standard small pistol primer. The only thing that I can come up with is that with the magnum primer you would get a hotter burn with the primer to ignite the powder in the case. I doubt that the cup on the 1 1/2 is any thinner than the 5 1/2 but it is their primer and they can say what they want.

Just for the record I have never used any Remington primers since you never see them on a shelf. In my 40+ years of reloading it has been either CCI or Federal.  But then there are times that you need to use what you can purchase if you plan on shooting but if you have 1,000 of them now that may take a while to use up if you go by what they are saying.   

I can see you headed to a gun show in your future if you want to get rid of them, but if you do I would be upfront with anyone who wants to purchase them with what Remington told you.

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