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Military primer pocket

Discussion in 'Handloading and Reloading' started by Dr. Dickie, Oct 19, 2006.

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  1. Dr. Dickie

    Dr. Dickie Member

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    I just finished up some corresive .30-'06 ammo which came in a spam can on Garand clips (it was corrosive, so I did not shoot in a Garand). After shooting I washed them all to remove chlorides. The guy who sold it to me said it was Koren war stuff, and a friend at the range identified it (by headstamp) as Tiawan made.
    It apppeard as if the primers had locktight (red) on them. No problem knocking them out, and when I got ready to swage them, they did not need it.
    I am just starting to re-load for rifle (been doing just .45).
    So I start to reload this, on about half of them, the primer (Winchester Large rifle primer) just falls out:cuss: .
    On another 20%, the primer rattles around in the pocket, and then 30% it appears to be snug in there.
    Anyone ever see this before?
    Should I just toss this stuff out? Or is it worth it to through at sort the ones that will hold a primer?
    I've got about 500 rounds, so I hate to trash them all.:banghead:
     
  2. Doug b

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    I wouldn't mess with it,don't toss it start a recycle bin.
     
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    Thanks.
    I was afraid of that, dang:cuss:
     
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    If you want some surplus with good brass, buy the Lake City or Greek HXP ammo from the CMP. I prefer the Greek HXP. Pretty accurate ammo for surplus, and the primer pockets do not need to be swaged.
     
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    Already got 2000 rounds of LC from CMP.
    I wanted to keep that in reserve and start re-loading this, but looks like that is a dead issue now.
     
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    Metric primers. Normally I see this on berdan ammo. (I'm surprised these arn't berdan primed) Probably not worth the time. But if you're hardcore about getting these reloaded, there are a few european/australian outlets that sell primers made to fit into these shells.

    Reportedly old western scrounger has them, I heard another company down in .au had them, nioa trading.

    I think I would just scrap them though. Find the local brass recycling guy, you might be able to trade them for some good brass.
     
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