Need help in finding case 30-06


September 7, 2011, 07:02 PM
my friend gave me some used 30-06 case i need to know what brand it is , please help me .

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September 7, 2011, 07:04 PM
one more pic . all the cases looks same dnt know what it is

highlander 5
September 7, 2011, 07:11 PM
The hxp are greek mil surp,the R-P is Remington the other 2 I don't recognize.

September 7, 2011, 07:13 PM
The FN is Belgium made, and I believe the case "88" marked is Korean.


September 7, 2011, 07:37 PM
At least one of those is Berdan primed, the FN, and won't be readily reloadable.

Hope this helps.


September 7, 2011, 07:49 PM
Personally, I wouldn't reload anything except that R.P. head stamp. I don't have a lot of faith in odd ball brass. And 30-06 brass is very plentiful and there are several other cartridges that are able to be resized to work well in the 30-06. .270 win. is one that can be resized for 30-06 use just by running it through the FL die, and of course checking it for trimming. I think 25-06 can be used also, can't remember for sure.

Tim the student
September 7, 2011, 08:03 PM
I don't have a lot of faith in odd ball brass.

I understand, and agree mostly, but that HXP isn't quite oddball brass - to me at least.

It is what the CMP is selling now as their milsurp. Good brass - thousands of guys will concur. If the OP has a boatload of it, I'll pay for a flat rate box!

September 7, 2011, 08:14 PM
thanks guys for your help , i will stick with remington brass

September 7, 2011, 10:51 PM
Man I wish I had some Remmy brass to trade you for the HXP. That is probably better than Lake City brass, certainly better than Remington. Of the brass you showed that's the top stuff.

September 7, 2011, 10:51 PM
Nothing at all wrong with the HXP. It cleans up quite nice too with a couple hours in walnut follow by another hour in corn. I've reloaded some at least 5 times with no problems (lasts longer than Winchester or Federal). Not really sure if it has a true crimp around the primer but I believe I ran it through the Dillon Swager before reloading it.

Tim the student
September 7, 2011, 11:04 PM
HXP is crimped, but lightly. Doesn't take much effort to get it out.

September 7, 2011, 11:12 PM
If ya wanna get rid of the mil surp brass give me a holler !!

That Greek stuff is the cats meow in my 700 & a 314299 boolit & 17 grs. of 2400

If ya reload it look down in the case & make sure it`s boxer primed , if not it`ll break the decapping pin .

boxer is 1 big hole in the center , berdan has at least 2.

September 14, 2011, 12:47 AM
I just picked up another 120 pieces of the HXP this past weekend at the range. I just tried inserting a primer into one of these cases without running it through the Dillon swager first and I had no problem inserting the primer. A lot better fit than most FC brass I've shot lately. I am using WLR in these cases.

chris in va
September 14, 2011, 09:44 PM
HXP is great brass. I'm always glad to find it laying on the concrete when someone rips with their Garand.

September 14, 2011, 09:50 PM
30-06 brass is cheap and very available. I would keep the R.P and toss the rest if it were me.

September 15, 2011, 04:08 AM
Like the others I really like the Greek 30-06 brass too. I have been reloading it for my M1 Garand ammo and have already gotten 6 or more reloads with it without a sign of splitting a neck.

It looks like everything you have other than the Remington brass is mil-surplus. The first one I can't tell you where it was made but as you can see it was made in 1988.

September 15, 2011, 11:18 AM
HXP is great brass. I'm always glad to find it laying on the concrete when someone rips with their Garand.

Exactly how I got the 120 pieces of brass last weekend. I asked the fellow if he was going to save his brass and he told me I could have it. Being the brass hound I am I couldn't just leave it lying there. I have since cleaned it up, removed the spent primers and in the process of cleaning out the primer pockets. By this weekend I hope to have at least 50 rounds loaded for my 1903 Springfield. I have yet to have a piece of this brass fail so I figure I will shoot it 6 times and then sell if for scrap.

The range I shoot at sells 50 pieces of once fired mixed 30.06 brass for $10. I think it goes for just about that much (even more with shipping) on the Trading Post (at least it did last time I checked). As long as the brass is safe and free I'll gladly take it.

September 15, 2011, 12:58 PM
If you don't want the HXP, don't throw it away! As you've seen, a lot of us love the stuff and will stand in line to buy it. I don't need it, I already have a truckload, but it's good brass....don't toss it. The primers aren't really "crimped" like most milsurp, they're "staked" in place with three tiny punches, which clean up very easily. Much better than the full crimps of other milsurp brass.

But yeah, the FN and Korean, look inside with a flashlight to verify there's one primer flash hole. If there's two, it's Berdan primed, toss it in the scrap bucket. Berdan brass "can" be reloaded, but it's a huge pain and not worth it for something as common as .30-06.

September 15, 2011, 02:21 PM
yep, hxp is awesome brass. it's the best brass in those pics.
i would rank it right up there with demilled LC.

NC Cruffler
September 16, 2011, 08:19 PM
88 - Western Cartridge Company (Olin), East Alton, IL
FN - Fabrique Nationale d'Armes de Guerre (FN), Herstal, Belgium
HXP - Greek Powder & Cartridge Company, Athens, Greece
R-P - Remington Arms Company, Inc., Bridgeport CT , and later: Lonoke, AR (also used by CDM of Mexico)

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