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I finally have my Encore completely set-up, along with my loading bench down here in Iowa, it's sweet, I finally get my place to go and get away from it all. I've never loaded for the .454 before and I need some primer recommendations for it. Do I use magnum pistol primers or small rifle primers? I have some Remington 7 1/2 BR primers, are they a good choice or should I check out the CCI line? Let me know if you're experienced with this round, and alos feel free to send me some lower-powered loads for starting out with, I've read that I can use Universal, but how much before I run into trouble? TIA
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Great article DOK, I think it answers my question, the CCI BR-4 has been recommended to me for use with the .454. When are you coming back from Florida? I have just got my bench set up here in Iowa and my Encore is now a complete unit, we should get together and shoot sometime, it sounds like I have a lot I could learn from you, I'm an experienced reloader, but you have shot much more than I have and done much more experimenting, I load for the smallest groups for my hunting rifles so i can cleanly harvest game. It sound like you load for fun and curiousity, which I will do when I can afford it, but I think you could teach me a lot.
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Selma,

My wife says I'm coming back the middle of April, so that's when I'm coming back.....unless she changes her mind. I do shoot for fun and really enjoy load development. Florida shooting has been a change for me as the indoor range is off-hand shooting that is a challenge for me. For some strange reason I seem destined to "jerk" at least one of every ten...on a good day.

Doubt if I would I would help much as you sure seem to be on the road to some good shooting. I'll drop you a electronic note when I get back.

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I use magnum primers with all my handloads,cci 550 small pistol magnum primers,and cci 350 large pistol magnum primers.no problems at all.
 

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When I first started working loads for the 454 Casull, I used Remington SMRP they worked fine in warm weather, but using Max loads and using ball powders in cold weather, I thought I would go to the Mag primer for better burn, worked very well no problems and powders burnt very clean, noticed the Rem SMRP did to burn as clean either. FPS does go up so In warm weather decrease loads if worked up in the cold, I just play it safe. Aim small hit small. RAMbo.
 
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