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    Sharpshooter CraigAPS's Avatar

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    Remington 5 1/2 Small Pistol Primers

    I went to the only shop near me to pick up some more SPP. I still haven't used the ones I have, but I figured another 1000 couldn't hurt. I went in and asked for "small pistol primers." He said he was out of CCI but had some Remington. I asked what the difference was and he replied it was essentially the same thing. After I got home, i looked at the box and it said "No. 5 1/2 Small Pistol Primers." After some Googling, I've seen that these are either Magnum or Match primers. Anyone have any insight? Will be loading 9mm and .38 sp.
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    I found myself wanting an extra 1000 as well. My resource only had magnum primers and when asked told me the magnum may add to MV but not to a degree that I would be able to discern. My 115gr 9mm loads are not at maximum, so I bought them.

    I would have to go look in my journal to be sure, but it seems I've used the Rem 5 1/2s before and didn't have any problems.
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    Quote Originally Posted by indyjohn View Post
    I found myself wanting an extra 1000 as well. My resource only had magnum primers and when asked told me the magnum may add to MV but not to a degree that I would be able to discern. My 115gr 9mm loads are not at maximum, so I bought them.

    I would have to go look in my journal to be sure, but it seems I've used the Rem 5 1/2s before and didn't have any problems.
    I've been looking around THR and the S&W forums. I've seen several people say they've used them without problems. I've also seen they might add a bit of velocity, and a few said they were told by Remington that the actual make up is the same as the 1 1/2 but has a thicker cup which is why Remington recommends them for .357 and .40 loads.
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    Quote Originally Posted by CraigAPS View Post
    ...and a few said they were told by Remington that the actual make up is the same as the 1 1/2 but has a thicker cup which is why Remington recommends them for .357 and .40 loads.
    That makes sense to me.
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    Yes remington recommends the 5 1/2 for 357 mag and 40 s&w but they work just fine in 9mm and 38spcl. over a chrono i had no speed difference of any issue. They are just a heavier cup for higher pressure cartridges according to remington.
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    I too, am running out of cci spp. Found the remington 5 1/2. No issues thus far.

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    Sharpshooter CraigAPS's Avatar

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    Forgot to give an update. I emailed Remington about the primers. This is their "response":

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    Quote Originally Posted by CraigAPS View Post
    Forgot to give an update. I emailed Remington about the primers. This is their "response":

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    Good! That falls in line with all the comments from members.
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    Plinker

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    I started out reloading with Remington 5 1/2's. I could get a sweat ladies load with 2.4 gr Bullseye and a 110 gr LRN. I ran low after 2 sleeves and bought a sleeve of Winchester SPP. That's when problems in my 38 spl started. Having a 1,000 rounds ready for the range 1 in 6 was a squib on average. 2.6 grs was the lowest I could use with them.

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    Naw, you should probably not use them. I will give you $10 for them to get them off your hands, being the nice guy I am! :>)

    “We do not rise to the level of our expectations. We fall to the level of our training.” -Archilochus

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