Are there different size shotgun primers?

While virtually all primers do vary somewhat in where you measure them (they usually all have different “profiles”), the domestic primers (Fed, Rem, Win and CCI) have a slightly smaller diameter and work in domestic hulls, while the “euro” primers (the ones you mention and others) are slightly larger in diameter.

What size primers do shotguns use?

0.209″ (5.31 mm) diameter primers for shotgun shells and modern inline muzzleloaders, using a Boxer-type primer factory-assembled inside a tapered, flanged brass cup.

Are shotgun primers all the same?

No, all 209 primers areNot the same and cannot be substituted willy-nilly.

Are all 209 primers the same size?

Premium Member. They are all designated as “209” sized primers There are minor differences at all the various dimensions, as mentioned above. There are no other size numbers and the European 209s are not “metric.”

What primer does 12 gauge use?

0.209” or 5.31mm: Shotgun shell and muzzleloader primer such as 12 gauge and 20 gauge shotgun ammo. 0.210” or 5.33mm: Large rifle or large pistol primer such as .

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What size primer does a 9mm use?

Surprisingly, the 1½ primer is also listed for the 9mm Luger, the 9mm +P and . 38 Super. These latter calibers are not low pressure. The 9mm Luger has a SAAMI (Sporting Arms and Ammunition Manufacturers’ Institute) pressure limit of 35,000 psi, and the +P version’s limit is 38,500 psi.

What size primer does 10mm use?

Any of the Large Pistol primers will work for the 10mm. I use Winchester LP for my loads and they work just fine. I’ve got five handguns in this caliber, and they all work great with standard primers. My favorite powders in this caliber are Blue Dot, AA-9 and HS-7.

Can small rifle primers be substituted for small pistol primers?

They will work. I run them in full power 327 Fed Mag loads. I would work up with rifle primers just to be safe.

Are rifle primers harder than pistol primers?

Rifle primers may be harder than some pistol primers and some, not all, pistols might not touch them off. The fact that pistol primers are a tiny bit shorter than rifle primers can be ignored. I’ve loaded for 454 Casual, 460 S&W and 500 S&W guns which are all high pressure cartridges (50,000 to 65,000 psi).

Why are there no small rifle primers?

According to various sources, manufacturers are confirming to us that we are in the midst of the greatest primer shortage of all time. Bullets are relatively simple to produce. Brass cases can be reused and powder is still plentiful. Hence, primer production is the bottleneck in ammunition production process.

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What are the dimensions of a 209 shotgun primer?

Cheddite 209 Primers (1000/box)

Part # 209 Primers Diam.
#CCIM CCI 209 Magnum 0.240″
#209A Federal 209A 0.241″
#R209 Remington STS 0.241″
#W209 Winchester 209 0.2415″

Can I order pistol primers online?

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Reloading primers are for sale every day at You can buy these reloading supplies through one of the many sellers listing their products here at, the world’s largest gun auction site.

Are Berdan primers corrosive?

For surplus ammunition, there are two main types of primers: Berdan and Boxer. Boxer-primed ammunition is not corrosive, so you don’t have to worry about it. Not all Berdan is corrosive, but almost all of the surplus ammunition you find on the market with Berdan primers is corrosive.

How many primer sizes are there?

There are two sizes and four types of primers. Pistol primers have thinner and somewhat softer primer cups than their rifle counterparts. Small pistol and rifle primers utilize a cup 0.175″ in diameter, while large pistol and rifle primers measure 0.210″ across.

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