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    Default Remington Primer Question

    What is the difference between Remington 5 1/2 small pistol primers and Remington 1 1/2 small pistol primers. What does the number represent? I bought 500 of the 1 1/2 and liked them so I went back and bought 1000. When I got home I noticed the difference in numbers. Thanks.

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    Default Re: Remington Primer Question

    The remington #1 1/2 are small pistol primers, the # 5 1/2 are small pistol magnum primers.

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    Default Re: Remington Primer Question

    With the Mag. primers you have to use .10 less powder. While it does not make a big difference, it can in a very small charge for a .380 or .32.

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    Default Re: Remington Primer Question

    If you go to (or have a catalog from) MidwayUSA, and go to the primer section it will give you all the numbers from all the manufactures and explain what they are (small pistol, small pistol magnum, large rifle, small rifle, shotgun, etc.). You can also find good charts on the net that explain this also.
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    Default Re: Remington Primer Question

    Thanks for the info. You'd think they'd want to mention that little tidbit of info on the box somewhere. As I had loaded up and shot about 200 rnds with those primers in them. Luckily they were just midrange plinking and not maxed out.

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    Default Re: Remington Primer Question

    I also bought some 5 1/2 by mistake. I am going to use them in my .40 S&W CX4 Carbine since the regular pistol primers are a bit soft. In the Carbine, the bolt-face marks them but in my pistols they are fine. I'm sure the 16" barrel is building more pressure than a 4" with heavy loads, Mike.
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    Default Re: Remington Primer Question

    That's odd. Usually a manufacturer lists whether they are magnum primers or not (to avoid a mistake)... then again I've never used remington primers before. Were they recently manufactured or was it an old box?
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    Default Re: Remington Primer Question

    Quote Originally Posted by max384 View Post
    That's odd. Usually a manufacturer lists whether they are magnum primers or not (to avoid a mistake)... then again I've never used remington primers before. Were they recently manufactured or was it an old box?
    They're new manufacture.

    A few months ago I bought some at Cabela's and only noticed they were the magnums when I got home.

    As was mentioned, use 10% less powder.....

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    Default Re: Remington Primer Question

    Actually...

    The 1-1/2 and 5-1/2 are the same as far as the type and amount of primer mix they contain. The 5-1/2 is not a "magnum", by standard terminology, and NO charge weight adjustment is needed compared to the 1-1/2. The difference is in the thickness of the metal in the primer cup, with the 5-1/2 being slightly thicker.

    Remington recommends the use of the 5-1/2 for use in 357 Magnum and 40 S&W as it is more resistant to cratering (flowing up around the firing pin) and piercing when fired due to the pressure in those rounds.

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    Default Re: Remington Primer Question

    I bought 5k of the 5 1/2 primers from Cabelas. I would say at least 25-35 misfires per 2k reloads. These all were seated below flush and would not fire even on the second try. I loaded 1k Federals and not one misfire. I only use the Remington primers for target shooting, all my match ammo is Federal only. I hope you have better luck.
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