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About the Reloading of Primers::
French gunsmith Casimir Lefaucheaux created the first pinfire priming in 1828. The Boxer primer, developed nearly simultaneously with the Berdan primer in 1866, came next. The firing process cannot begin until the priming has been used.
Reloads World has everything a hunter may need to produce their own ammo, including shooting primers, musket caps, percussion caps, smokeless powder, and black powder. Winchester, Remington, Federal, and more reputable manufacturers are available for your selection.
Use a high-quality powder, along with black powder and any other priming you want, to put together your ammunition. Save money and time by shopping with Reloads World!
What is a primer?
A pistol or rifle's primer is the part responsible for creating the spark that sets off the gun powder. As a result, combustion occurs, and the ammunition is expelled from the rifle barrel.
The primer is like a little volcano or rocket engine that ignites slag to combine with the gunpowder in the cartridge, according to some experts.
What are the major primer manufacturers in the U.S.?
The major manufacturers of primers in the U.S include:
- Winchester Ammunition, based in Oxford, Mississippi, and East Alton, Illinois
- Cascade Cartridge Inc., also known under the abbreviation CCI, based in Lewiston, Idaho
- Federal Premium Ammunition, based in Anoka, Minnesota
- Remington Ammunition, based in Lonoke, Arkansas
Primers are supplied by these leading businesses to both the military and law enforcement.
What are the primers manufactured in the U.S. made of?
U.S.-produced primers are free of mercury and other compounds that might cause corrosion. Primers are made from antimony sulfide, lead styphnate, and barium nitrate.
What are the most common sizes for primers?
Primer sizes vary by manufacturer, but the most common ones are:
- Small rifle primers, which are approximately .120 inches tall and .175 inches in diameter
- Small pistol primers, which are designed for handguns and are similar in size to small rifle primers
- Large rifle primers, which have a height of .128 inches and a width of .212 inches
- Large pistol primers, which have a height of .120 inches and a width of .212 inches
The primer required will be the appropriate size for your ammunition. Need help deciding on a primer? Reloads World has you covered. Let us point you in the proper way, and we'll do our best to do so!
How do I reload my primer?
To reload your primer:
- Take an unused primer
- Place your die to force the back of your brass case out
- Align the red ring with the bottom of the shell
- Insert a tiny tube into the opening of your case and press down on your reloading tool, then load the primer
- Once the primer is loaded, add gun powder
What should I consider when reloading and handling primers?
When reloading and handling primers, consider the following:
- If reloading is problematic with your hand tools, press or other tools, try a different brand
- Test different primer makes to find the one that offers you the most accuracy
- Avoid touching the primers with your hands, as oils can affect assembly
- Use safety glasses to protect your eyes from possible explosion and injury
Can I buy primers online?