W.R.A. New #4 Primer s


#1

An archaeologist is asking about “W.R.A. New #4 Primers” recovered at a dig in Missouri.

Can someone give me date these were introduced and typical calibers they were used in?

THanks.


#2

According to “W.R.A.CO., Volume I,” by Shuey, the New Number 4 Primer was first offered in 1904, and was the old Number 4-1/2 Primer under a new name. It was a .227" diameter shotshell primer, and was used until 1933, when it was replaced by the well-known Winchester 209, pretty standard today in shotshells.

Hope this helps. Shuey is a very good reference for this kind of info.

John Moss


#3

Don’t know if this is relavent, but as far as later use of the “New No.4” primer, it found application as late as this 1944 37mm flare.

Dave


#4

I would say it is relevent. Thanks for posting that. Winchester, or someone, must have had plenty of these primers left to find on being used so late.

John Moss