Originally Posted by Nickaru
How critical is the choice of primer manufacturer in recipes? Federal vs. Winchester vs. CCI vs. Wolf, etc.
It depends... If you reload for a pistol and your goal is range ammo that you will typically fire at targets 30 feet away; it's not very critical. Any of the above will work nicely.
If your goal is to consistently put your rounds in a 10" circle at 1000 yds; it can be very critical. If this is your goal, you'll probably want Benchrest grade primers.
Consistency is the key. Pick a primer/powder/bullet make/model, work up your load then buy in the quantities that suit your needs. For example, for my semi-auto pistols I use CCI SPP (buy the case), Bullseye (buy the keg) and Barry's plated bullets (buy the 1000).