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I saw where Midway has .308 for $499/1000. I don't own a .308, so I won't buy any, but it said the brass is non-reloadable. What is different about this brass?
 

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Berdan primed has two flash holes -- Boxer primed has one flash hole.

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We decapped a few berdan primed cases.
Fill case with water. Used a glue stick that would go into the neck of the case. Hit stick with hammer.
On another site, some guy has a jig that will drill and center a hole for decapping and priming boxer primers. But a bit costly, I'm thinking 50.00 per cal.
I see very little brass that is berdan primed, mostly alum. and steel.
 

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The problem is not only the removal of the berdan primer; there are numerous primer sizes for berdan primers. There is no standard for them like there is for boxer primers (small pistol, small rifle, large pistol, large rifle) -- in most cases you will find that a standard size boxer primer will either be too large or too small for the berdan primer pocket .. I have seen people use boxer primers and then coat them with fingernail polish to hold them into the case -- way, way too much trouble for the gain!!!
 

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Midway is big into reloading and customer satisfaction. All aren't. What are the some brands that use berdan primed brass? I would not think the boxes had to be marked as non-reloadable or are they?
 

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canebreaker said:
Most all ammo that is imported is berdan primed.
This is true to a large extent; however, a lot of our pistol/revolver ammo is not produced in the US and most of it is boxer primed. It is usually the imported military rifle calibers for sale in Bulk lots that is usually berdan primed. Most ALL steel case and Copper Washed brass is berdan primed. When you read an add and it DOES NOT say it is RELOADABLE, that is a hint and very good possibility that it is not reloadable.
 

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What I've always found interesting is that Berdan was an American, but his priming system took hold in Europe and not here.

Boxer was a Brit, but his system got popular over here and not in Europe.

Odd.

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There ar many different diameters of Berdan Primers. Not only is the diameter different, the depth of the primer cup is as well. It is interesting that the US uses Boxer Primers designed by an Englishman and Great Britian uses Berdan Primers invented by an American.

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