New 9mm headstamps (for me): 1k21 and TECH

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  1. ddc

    ddc Member

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    I have seen these recently; any idea where they come from?

    Thanks!

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  2. Mk-211

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    IK is Igman Konjic made in Bosnia.

    I think TECH is from Maxxtech which I think came from Bosnia also.
     
  3. Hartkopf

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    It’s hard to see in the picture in the OP but the IK brass I found had crimped primers. They were impossible to start a primer without first chamfering the crimp out.
     
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  4. cfullgraf

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    Yes, the IK 21 case looks like it is crimped. It is best to remove the crimp before moving on to other parts of the reloading process.

    Over the years, I have gotten a variety of different headstamps with 9x19 cases. I've learned to be a bit more picky with use of odd case headstamps. If I have a little bit of problems, I scrap any cases in the future that I run across. To me, it is not worth struggling making a few odd, problem cases to work.

    If they size and load fine, go for it.
     
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  5. Mk-211

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    IK brass is good stuff, rifle brass has always been on the thick side but consistent.

    The 50 bmg brass I have has been known to be loaded up to 20 times. 80's ammo is known to be slightly corrosive, if you buy some, clean accordingly.
     
  6. mdi

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    FWIW; I have been running into some odd headstamps lately. I attribute this to ammo shortages and cheap imported ammo being sold/used much more. I also found some "non NATO" brass with primer crimps, but for me cutting out primer crimps is no big deal. Mostly done when inspecting my brass...

    Headstamp ID; http://cartridgecollectors.org/?page=headstampcodes
     
  7. gifbohane

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    I found the IK 21 rather difficult to size/deprime. When the pin hits the primer top it feels like a berdan.
     
  8. 2ndtimer

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    The Igman (1K 21) .223 brass has smaller flash holes and can bend some decapping pins (don’t ask me how I know). It would not surprise me if their 9mm case also had similar undersized flash holes. A squirrel daddy decapping pin in a Lee Universal depriming die punches them out and “uniforms” the flash hole.
     
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    Yep the squirrel daddy pins are nice to have. Much better than the Lee pins for a few $ more.
     
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    Do these upgraded decapping pins fit in the standard die that comes in Lee Die sets for their turret press or are they for something else?
     
  11. kerreckt

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    I have reloaded several hundred Igman 9mm. It is good stuff. Reminds me of PPU 9mm brass. Tight pockets and thick brass=good stuff. Best wishes
     
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