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Old 03-08-2005, 07:45 PM   #1
 
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Berdan Primer

What makes them so hard to reload?? Second question I have a good source of .303 in strippers, in bando's... Head stamp is RG 50 7 who made it and how heavy is the pro jo?
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Old 03-09-2005, 09:54 AM   #2
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There are a couple of things that make Berdan primers a problem:

You'll see that there are two flash holes. That is because the anvil for the primer is actually part of the case itself. The only way to decap them is to use some form of tool that will poke a hole in the primer and let you pull it from the outside. It is also hard, but not impossible, to find Berdan primers for loading. Generally though they are more trouble than they're worth.

I believe the main British military ammo source is Radway Green.
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Old 03-10-2005, 11:39 AM   #3
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"...to find Berdan primers..." And they're expensive when you can find them. OWS lists RWS Berdan primers at $8.75 per 250, but the size may not be the right one for what you're loading. Less than $20 will get you 1,000 Boxer primers.
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Old 03-10-2005, 03:23 PM   #4
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Berdan and Boxer

Somewhat ironic isn't it? Berdan priming was invented by an American but is used all over the world and not America. Boxer priming was invented by an Englishman but is used in America.

I once tried reloading some Kynoch .577/.450 Martini-Henry cases. I used the RCBS tool. I tried the 'hydraulic' method. I even tried making a primer punch out of a wood dowel and two drill blanks that would fit the flash holes. I finally gave up and sold the rifle, cases, ammo, etc to someone. I bought one of the .303 Enfield conversions of the M-H and consider the ammo a 'throw away'. It is kind of fun to shoot one of the best single shot designs of the late 19th Century. The bayonets for those rifles are really wicked. Oops, I am rambling again!
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Old 03-13-2005, 11:03 AM   #5
 
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Just a thought, would it be possible to take a boxer primer, remove the anvil and seat it in a berdan primed case? Would that work, or am I totally nuts
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Just a thought, would it be possible to take a boxer primer, remove the anvil and seat it in a berdan primed case? Would that work, or am I totally nuts
Do you have something against having 10 working fingers and two working eyes?
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Old 03-13-2005, 12:37 PM   #7
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Not totally... just close

1. Not all Berdan primers are the same size as ours.

2. Don't you think it would be just a tad risky prying out those anvils?

2. Why? Is there something you want to load for which there isn't a boxer primed case?
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Not totally... just close

2. Why? Is there something you want to load for which there isn't a boxer primed case?
No, just wondering.
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Old 03-14-2005, 06:03 PM   #9
 
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Allright already Yes it is possible to perform this change(if you are a highly skilled metalworker with waaayyyy too much time on your hands and a distinct lack of other useful ideas).
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