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I am about to buy a bunch of these before the price increases. This is for 45 Colt (Ruger loads), using Standard, not Magnum primers. I generally use 2400, W231 and HS-6 powders. The store has Federal, Winchester and CCI in stock and price is same on all. Who makes the best?

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I'm not sure there is a "best." I mostly use W-W, but that's because I bought a lot back in 1982. Use 'em for .44 M and .44 S, with not one misfire in all that time. I've got a couple bricks of CCI and one of R-P sitting there too, but those are newer, dating from the '90s.

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I've used them all and don't consider one better than the rest. I prefer CCI but tend to use Winchester more as that's what's most readily available here.



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If your going to really stock up it might be worthwhile to at some of the online retailers. If your only buying a couple of thousand its not worth the $20 hazmat.

http://www.grafs.com/index.php
http://www.midsouthshooterssupply.com/
http://www.midwayusa.com/
http://www.powdervalleyinc.com/

The last time I looked grafs had the best price on primers, followed by powder valley. I went with powder valley because I was buying alot of powder also and the difference in powder price was more than the primers. At least for my order.

I usually use CCI's but that is only becuase that is what I started with. I have heard that there mag. primers are a little hotter than some of the other if your using some of the harder to ignite handgun powders. I think that Lloyd Smale has said that he won't use anything but CCI 350's with 4227. He's in the UP so I think that the cold has something to do with it also. It's not one of the powders that you mentioned so I guess that it is just academic.

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with gas down a bit take a ride to port huron,mi the hock shop .good prices on powder and primers.too bad sportsman warehouse closed up shop
they had some decent prices on both items. dan

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That's probably only about 45 minutes from me. I may have to head out there sometimes.

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Nothing but CCI 350's for me. Not because nothing else will work, but just because that's what I started out with (due to many people's recommendations) and they've never let me down.
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CCI 300 & 350
Not saying that they are the best...mainly because they were used in my Sierra data and also used by John Taffin in my calibers.
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for hs6 and 2400 at ruger level ive had the best luck out of those choices with ww. there a little warmer then the others and will light off large charges of slower burning powders better. 231 is easy to light with any primer but your gun may like something milder then a ww. Cci 350s are a little to hot for those powders but if you plan on useing something like 110, aa9 or lilgun there the primer to use. As far as accuacy with light loads ive probably had the best luck with fed standard but there not the best for slower powders. Its tough to really answer that question as what ive posted is my experiences and every gun will like a certain primer with a certain powder at a given level and just changing the powder charge up or down one grain can change which primer works best.

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Started out with CCI. Currently use more WW than anything else mainly due to cost and availability. Planning on trying some of the Wolf primers to see how they work out before buying in bulk.
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