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Old 03-05-2010, 03:33 PM
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I have a Marlin 30 30 lever. My question is when reloading with the LeverEvolution bullets does anyone out there think that using the nato primers instead of the standard primers a good idea or a big mistake. The nato primers have a heavier shell or is the heavier shell to heavy for a standard fireing pin. I need as much advice as I can get before I start reloading my 30 30 can anyone help me out thank you for your time.
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Old 03-05-2010, 04:26 PM
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I wouldn't, no. I have seen misfires just with the added weight of a hammer spur.

If that's all you have or can get, then it wouldn't hurt to try a few.

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Old 03-05-2010, 04:48 PM
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I have both types of primers I just think that the heavier primers may be the safest alturnative do to the piont of the bullet up against the primer in the tube. I always try to look at things about firearms and reloading in the safest view possible and some times I drive my self nuts looking in places that may be better off left alone. That is why I some times ask really stupped questions but they do not seam stupped to me. So I keep looking for advice.
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Old 03-05-2010, 05:31 PM
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No stupid questions out there, funshooter. Just those not asked. If you have both then go with the commercial primers. Not to worry about primer detonation with the soft tip of a LeverEvolution bullet, or flat tip bullets, or even the soft point round noses. I reloaded my .30-30's for decades with NO problems.
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Old 03-06-2010, 04:03 AM
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If you were asking which kind of hammer to install a lightbulb with, that might be a stupid question, but when it comes to guns, the only dumb question is the one you had in your head, but didn't ask! I'm using 200gr FTX bullets in 35 caliber and I can assure you those points are quite soft and will deform before the cup on any primer gives way or detonates. In today's sue-happy, litigation wonderland, there's no way Hornady would take a chance on that! Those FTX tips are slightly harder than a marshmallow.
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