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Sellier & Bellot Primers

Sellier & Bellot Primers

Back in the days of pistol shooting there were just a couple of brands of primers in common use, but now we have a much wider range to choose from. Sellier & Bellot are perhaps better known for their high-quality factory ammunition in the UK but their reloading components are also available here, through importers like Westlander Ltd, and they are well worth a look.

Sizes and quantities

Standard S & B primers are available in small and large sizes, for both rifle and pistol applications, and magnum primers are offered for small pistol only. They are sold in the usual small packs of 100 and larger boxes of 1000 and the packaging is suitable for dumping the primers into the common primer feeder trays.

Take a seat

Before you get to see how they shoot, the first consideration is, of course how well primers seat. The S & B primers were used in a variety of Lee Precision priming tools and they flipped well in the primer trays and fed through all of the mechanisms without any hold ups. The amount of pressure required to seat the primers was just the same as any other brand and, once seated, there was no evidence of any flattening or of any primers not being fully seated. Overall, in both large rifle and small pistol, the S & B primers were easy to use and fitted the primer pockets without any issues at all.

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Small pistol primers were tested in a LBR and two underlever rifles. The large rifle sizes were tested in a 45/70 Government calibre underlever and a bolt action .308 Winchester rifle. There were no light strikes in any of the guns, and with the LBR hammer spring slackened off a couple of turns the primers continued to ignite every time. Overall, the primers, in both of the sizes tested, were not hard and they ignited consistently. While describing primers as soft may be very subjective, as all of our guns have different characteristics affecting how primers perform in them, it would be fair to say that the S & B primers are certainly not at the higher end of the primer hardness scale.

Performance

Assessing how primers perform is not easy, as they are just one small element in the processes involved in getting the bullet to the target. For testing purposes, the S & B primers were substituted into previously established reloads that used a different brand of primers and had performed well in the test guns. In all of the test loads that incorporated the S & B primers the ammunition performed just as well as it did with the previously used, and more commonly available, brand.

Price

The S & B primers are generally available for around £5.00 less per 1000 than other brands which is a significant saving with reloading components being so expensive nowadays. Yes, it is only a saving of half a penny per round, but ‘every little counts’, as they say, and with no loss in performance compared to the more established brands there is no reason to not give them a try.

Conclusion

The Sellier & Bellot primers tested certainly performed well in all of the test guns and there was no discernable difference, in terms of the performance of the ammunition, when compared to the more expensive brands of primers.

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  • Name: Sellier & Bellot primers
  • RRP: £36.00 per 1000
  • Contact: Westlander Limited: westlander.co.uk

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  • I know there is a surplus of S&B primers in Europe and other countries.  Who are the distributers here in the States and where are they?  I’m in Arizona, so if you have an extra 10 - 20 thousand primers for sale let me know.  NO…they are not for resale.  I shoot with a bunch of people and we’re all hurting for primers.

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    03 Mar 2021 at 04:26 AM
  • Obviously, these idiots NEVER answer questions, and this web page is too old for them to monitor.

    I just bought 8000 SP primers locally for $33 per 1000. They can be found IF you find an honest retailer who isn’t caught up being a GAWDAMN THIEF and SCALPER.

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    20 Feb 2021 at 12:10 AM
  • Looking for 500,000 to 1,000,000 Large Pistol Primers not for resale. Used in Family sport called Cowboy Mounted Shooting. On Lifestyle TV Now, Free advertisement here in the States.
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    17 Feb 2021 at 04:44 AM
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    03 Feb 2021 at 01:42 PM
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    01 Feb 2021 at 05:38 PM
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  • I need Sellier and Bellot small pistol primers. I need to order at least 50,000. Do you have, and if not what might you have?

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    02 Oct 2020 at 06:11 PM
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