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Stupid question of the week: does anyone sell PRIMED berdan .308/7.62 brass?

Discussion in 'Handloading and Reloading' started by 1KPerDay, Sep 23, 2011.

  1. 1KPerDay

    1KPerDay Well-Known Member

    Not once fired... new, not loaded, berdan-primed brass.
  2. rcmodel

    rcmodel Member in memoriam

    Not that I know of.
    Here in the U.S. at least.

    But why?

  3. fguffey

    fguffey Well-Known Member

    1kperday, the Western Scrounger sold Berdan primers, when ordering them he would talk me out out of the notion because the cost was more expensive than bullet. I pulled down corrosive Berdan primed ammo and used the components (powder and bullets) in formed 30/06 cases with Boxer primers, anyhow I stored the 8mm57 cases in ammo cans. The 8mm57 cases could be formed to 308 W, I have no ideal why someone would choose to do that.

    I thought the 8mm57 ammo was too hot, most are Turk, the rest is Romanian. At the time 70 rounds sold for $3.70.

    F. Guffey
  4. 1KPerDay

    1KPerDay Well-Known Member

    For 3-gun... I have a supply of pulled M80 pills, but I don't want to lose any of my nice, reloadable LC brass. And since even berdan-primed surplus is .40+/rd, I was wondering if there was a supply of cheaper "loseable" brass that I could use.

    Ah, well.
  5. jcwit

    jcwit Well-Known Member

    Hey guys, here is reloadable LC brass cheap, at least if you consider $ .15 per piece at 1,000 quanties.


    Granted it does have to be primed.
  6. rcmodel

    rcmodel Member in memoriam

  7. lmccrock

    lmccrock Well-Known Member

    Be careful which "M80" bullet. Some are copper washed steel jacket and attract a magnet, and will get you DQ'ed from some 3-gun matches.

    Otherwise, Scharch sells unprimed 308 brass at around $.20 each, although that is processed.
  8. 1KPerDay

    1KPerDay Well-Known Member

    Yeh... These are lead. Good tip, though. :cool:
  9. dbarnhart

    dbarnhart Well-Known Member

    I just did a quick search and found zinc-coated steel-cased 308 for $320/thousand. That's approaching the cost of the expendable components (powder, primers, projectiles) If your gun handles steel-cased ammo then I would consider it for this application.
  10. 1KPerDay

    1KPerDay Well-Known Member

    Yeah, I'm not keen on running a lot of steel through an M1a... I guess cheap guys like me probably shouldn't be running a .308 in 3 gun in the first place though. :)
  11. jmorris

    jmorris Well-Known Member

    .308 is the ticket in heavy metal 3 gun.

    Not stupid. Looking for primed berdan brass is at least more interesting than another ".223 for deer" thread.
  12. lmccrock

    lmccrock Well-Known Member

    Yep. However, same problem - some steel case ammo has steel jacketed bullets which are not allowed at some matches...and some ranges, regardless of the match. Just be sure you know what you are allowed and go for it. Steel case ammo runs fine in my AR's.
  13. medalguy

    medalguy Well-Known Member

    I did see someone somewhere offering just that recently, but I have no idea where. You can find .308 milsurp brass for around .10 if you look a little bit, it's there. Here's a link to government surplus, 35 pounds (1350 pieces) polished for $150, or 11 cents each, shipping included, sold by Government Liquidation Inc., who handles all the scrap sales:


    You can find it cheaper if you look a bit.
  14. NuJudge

    NuJudge Well-Known Member

    Occasionally one will see primed Berdan brass. It is from ammo that was pulled down for one reason or another. I have not seen any .308 in awhile. CDD
  15. 1KPerDay

    1KPerDay Well-Known Member

    I have brass. I just don't want to lose any of it because it takes like 4 days per case to prep. :D
  16. rcmodel

    rcmodel Member in memoriam

    Thats your problem right there!
    You are putting more into it then you are getting back out I betcha! :D


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