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Reloading MKE Headstamped .308 Brass

Discussion in 'Handloading and Reloading' started by PCCUSNRET, Sep 29, 2010.

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  1. PCCUSNRET

    PCCUSNRET Member

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    Last week a fellow at the range gave me about 50 pieces of this brass. I did a search and found it was from Turkey but couldn't find where anyone has used it for reloading. The brass looks pretty good but is heavier than Winchester .308 brass. Just curious if I should start off with a reduced load or should it go straight to the scrap bin. Thanks!
     
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    It is most-likely military spec brass, so it will have a thicker web and a slightly reduced internal capacity compared to commercial 7.62/.308. Therefore, you cannot load a warm/hot .308 load in it. Look for loads that replicate military specs and start a bit under that.
     
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    Check to make sure it's not berdan primed. Shine a light down inside the case, and if you see two offset from the center holes, it's berdan primed and not readily reloadable.

    Don
     
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    They are boxer primed. I will probably try a handful and see how they hold up. Thanks for your help.
     
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    Well it reloads just like FC, about 2 out of every 10 I tried to prime had oversized (stretched?) primer pockets. Too bad, I hate throwing brass that looks like this into the scrap bin.
     
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