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Anybody here reload Berdan brass??

Discussion in 'Handloading and Reloading' started by taprackbang, Nov 21, 2008.

  1. taprackbang

    taprackbang member

    If so, could you fill me in on what's involved?
  2. Linear Thinker

    Linear Thinker Well-Known Member

    Reloading Berdan brass is the last-ditch option, for brass that is not obtainable otherwise.

    2 challenges:

    1. Decapping. There are 2 ways I know of and tried - the claw method, where you pierce the primer and lever it out with a hook. The hydrostatic method (water cannot be compressed) relies on filling the case with water, and smashing a piston into it within a sealed case to drive the primer out. Do you like squirt-gun fights? You will love hydrostatic decapping!

    2. Primer source. Since the Dangerous Dave Sutherland, aka Old Western Scrounger - retired, I have not seen any berdan primers for sale in the US. They were expensive even when available. I read of PMC importing the Berdan primers several years ago, never saw any for sale.

    I used to reload the Swiss 7.5mm military brass before the Norma-made boxer primed brass became available. Never again.
    Last edited: Nov 21, 2008
  3. scrat

    scrat Well-Known Member

    good luck finding primers
  4. Remo-99

    Remo-99 Well-Known Member

    They are most definately a chore, to decap and source primers.

    There would have to be no other options left, before I would reload Berdan primed cases, also.
  5. evan price

    evan price Well-Known Member

    Got Berdan primers?


    Not worth it, otherwise.

    Berdan primers are larger than Boxer, too. So you can't just drill out the brass to fit the Boxers.
  6. ants

    ants Well-Known Member

    taprackbang was just asking about the process. He deserves a more thorough answer.

    taprackbang, do a 'Berdan' search and look for two or three threads (September I think?) that covered the subject. The techniques were discussed in greater depth. I may be wrong, but if my memory is correct I think one of the threads may have a link to a separate technical article on the subject.
  7. taprackbang

    taprackbang member

    That's hilarious! Thanks Ant for the thread info.
    The reason I ask is because at the gun store I work at, they had an RCBS depriming die for berdan brass. It looked interesting.
  8. moosehunt

    moosehunt Well-Known Member

    Add to all the other hassel that there are 3 or 4 different sizes of Berdan primers, physically different sizes, not power different.
  9. marsofold

    marsofold Well-Known Member

  10. RedeyeGunner

    RedeyeGunner Active Member

    I always ordered my Berdan supplies from Huntington. They had all sizes for all calibers. Check them out.
  11. taprackbang

    taprackbang member

    good info guys

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