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Berdan 44 MAG ???

Discussion in 'Handloading and Reloading' started by FROGO207, Nov 28, 2010.

  1. FROGO207

    FROGO207 Well-Known Member

    Dec 7, 2008
    Mount Desert Island Maine
    Put some 44 MAG brass in the tumbler a few days ago and let it run all that afternoon. Needed the tumbler again today. Removed the brass and refilled etc. Took the 44 brass to the bench and started to deprime. Had about 75 rds done when the pin on my Lee die pops up. Took the brass out and looked at it's head stamp. Hornaday!!! They make a berdan brass??? Looked closer at the primer hole--single hole --what the??? Look real close and see another shell inside the brass.:eek: Oh yeah I tossed in about 10 of my 9X18 brass at same time as I did not want them mixing with my 9X19 stuff.:eek: Note to self--------9MM will fit inside 44 MAG do not tumble at same time.:banghead::banghead: Found the other 9 eventually as they all were also inside other brass.
  2. Special_K

    Special_K Well-Known Member

    Dec 17, 2006
    I have the same problems when tumbling .38 special brass that I bought online with one firing through them. Sometimes those .22LR cases just fit inside perfectly so as to not be seen and are just hard enough to break off my decapping pin :/
  3. PT1911

    PT1911 Well-Known Member

    Feb 27, 2009
    That is awesome Frogo... just another example of one of those things that has to happen before you realize it can happen i suppose...

    Special K, why were you tumbling 22 lr?
    Last edited: Nov 28, 2010
  4. Foto Joe

    Foto Joe Well-Known Member

    Jan 13, 2010
    Cody, WY
    A couple of months ago, I spent half an hour trying to figure out what the H%#@ had happened to a half dozen 38 S&W cases. It was like the dryer eating your sock.

    Note to self: Don't tumble 45 Colt and 38 S&W together, even when you do figure out where the missing brass went, it's another story trying to get it out of a 45 Colt brass when there is tumbler media wedged in there. Tweezers don't work, but the bullet puller did the trick.

    Another one of those DUH!! moments I guess.
  5. Walkalong

    Walkalong Moderator

    Nov 20, 2006
    .45 Colt brass is even worse. You can lose a Volkswagen in there.

    When tumbling different size cases put the large mouth cases in first, the medium next, and then the small ones. That way the big cases will fill with media and keep the smaller ones out.

    Anytime cases get mixed up, whether in a tumbler or just thrown in a bag/box together, there is the danger of smaller ones hiding in the larger ones. Just one more thing to keep an eye out for.

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