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Looking for some German 8mm brass, and others as well

Discussion in 'Handloading and Reloading' started by ChrisG43, Jan 23, 2013.

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  1. ChrisG43

    ChrisG43 Member

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    I'm going to start reloading Berdan brass for my bolt actions, and then move on the the semis. I've found primers, but berdan brass can be hard to find, it seems like a lot of folks have already throw it out. If anyone has any direction to point me, or better yet happens to have some of their own Berdan they want to get rid of shoot me a PM. Thanks, Chris.
    8mm 303 30-06 6.5 Swede and Jap, 30 carbine, 7.62x39, 7.62x54 Berdan on all of it...
     
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    Robert Moderator Staff Member

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    Ok I have to ask, why? Boxer brass is far easier to come by and much cheaper. Not to mention finding primers.
     
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    Some of the boxer brass is pretty cheap, but I have had luck in the past with folks who were just going to throw away their Berdan brass and let me have it for the cost of shipping. I also have purchased a large quantity of Berdan primers so figured I'd just go for it. I'm also recovering from Surgery and off work for awhile so have some extra time on my hands for the work involved with depriming Berdan brass. I use German 8mm and 9mm steel casings for display projects. Chris....
     
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    “I'm going to start reloading Berdan brass for my bolt actions, and then move on the the semis. I've found primers, but berdan brass can be hard to find, it seems like a lot of folks have already throw it out. If anyone has any direction to point me, or better yet happens to have some of their own Berdan they want to get rid of shoot me a PM. Thanks, Chris.
    8mm 303 30-06 6.5 Swede and Jap, 30 carbine, 7.62x39, 7.62x54 Berdan on all of it...”


    “I'm going to start reloading Berdan brass for my bolt actions......” Not my job to talk you out of “I'm going to start reloading Berdan brass for my bolt actions....”

    I do not know where you are located, I will assume the 8mm is 8mm57, I choose not to shoot 8mm57 ammo with corrosive primers, I pulled the bullets and saved the powder, then formed 8mm57 cases using 30/06 cases, same powder and bullet with a boxer primers. Point? I saved the 8mm57 Berdan primed cases in ammo cans, in the effort I saved the stripper clips. Problem, I also ordered a Hornady cam lock bullet puller, I spent more time repairing the cam lock puller than I spent using it. Now I have the collet RCBS puller without down time.

    If you insist on using Berdan primed cases let me know.

    F. Guffey
     
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