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#7157268 - 12/08/12 01:03 PM M1 Garand primer choice
Pashooter Offline
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Ok so of the available large rifle primers what is the best choice for the Garand. The CCI 34 is supposed to be Mil Spec but i read it is also a magnum and best used for Ball Powder. Of the other primers on the market who makes the hardest.
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#7157555 - 12/08/12 03:20 PM Re: M1 Garand primer choice [Re: Pashooter]
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I wish I had a count of how many CCI 200's I've shot through Garands.
At Camp Perry alone it runs into the 6 figures.
Primers will be back. Just like after the 08 election they will return in 6 months to a year, and just cost more than ever.
Thanks Barry!
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#7164774 - 12/10/12 10:58 AM Re: M1 Garand primer choice [Re: ColsPaul]
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Actually I don't have a supply problem. Just getting started reloading the Garand and want to be sure to do it right as far as components.I read lots of info on slam fires, so i would like to get as much info from experienced reloaders on what works and what to avoid. CCI seems to be a popular choice and I am watching the seating depth. Are the Mil Spec primers the way to go is what I am asking?
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#7166820 - 12/10/12 11:09 PM Re: M1 Garand primer choice [Re: Pashooter]
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don't know about being the hardest but I've never had a slam fire with CCI in my Garands. CCI 200 & CCI 250 depending on the powder.

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#7172555 - 12/12/12 03:32 AM Re: M1 Garand primer choice [Re: mtmisfit]
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I think that step 1 is to avoid Federals. They're the ones I know of that have slam-fired on people (that's not to say that no others have ever slam-fired...), probably because of their higher-sensitivity priming compound.

I use 'regular' CCI and Wolf primers in mine, or magnum versions of same, if that's what I have on-hand.

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#7175412 - 12/12/12 11:11 PM Re: M1 Garand primer choice [Re: MZ5]
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The Federals seem to be a problem in the Garand and most folks are favoring CCIs. Does anyone have experience with the CCI mil spec #34 does it effect accuracy? I assume a reduction in charge weight would be in order. I Appreciate the input.
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#7176202 - 12/13/12 02:18 AM Re: M1 Garand primer choice [Re: Pashooter]
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CCI/Speer says they're ballistically identical to the 250, FWIW.

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#7184851 - 12/15/12 03:49 AM Re: M1 Garand primer choice [Re: MZ5]
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Originally Posted By: MZ5
CCI/Speer says they're ballistically identical to the 250, FWIW.


Then why does the Mil spec # 34 cost $4 more on average per K?


Edited by 17ACKLEYBEE (12/15/12 03:49 AM)
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#7186804 - 12/15/12 07:20 PM Re: M1 Garand primer choice [Re: 17ACKLEYBEE]
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I always used Winchester Large Rifle primers and never had a problem.
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#7186967 - 12/15/12 08:01 PM Re: M1 Garand primer choice [Re: timbo762]
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CCI 200s work well for me in the Garand.

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