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  • Berdan Primed Brass

    Is there any benefit to berdan priming due to the double flash hole ? Never had any thought to loading the berdan cases it was just a question that came up at a BS session at the range this am.
    Never drink down stream from the herd.

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    Some think there is (Col. Berdan in particular). Here is a good article on them:
    http://www.allaboutguns.net/Berdan-Primers.html

    In short, it’s cheaper to manufacture a Berdan primer.

    I know a guy who reloads them. He fills the cases with water, puts them in an open top die fixed to ashell holder, and he bangs a dowel down the neck to deprime with water pressure. I’m not sure if his method is better than Elmer Kieth’s, but he claims it works perfectly.
    “Of all tyrannies, a tyranny sincerely exercised for the good of its victims may be the most oppressive." C.S. Lewis

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    • #3
      Its odd that it is and American design yet widely used everywhere but here.

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      • #4
        Life is too short....
        William Waco
        First reload:
        .22 Hornet - 1956

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        • #5
          Originally posted by Jaeger View Post
          Some think there is (Col. Berdan in particular). Here is a good article on them:
          http://www.allaboutguns.net/Berdan-Primers.html

          In short, it’s cheaper to manufacture a Berdan primer.

          I know a guy who reloads them. He fills the cases with water, puts them in an open top die fixed to ashell holder, and he bangs a dowel down the neck to deprime with water pressure. I’m not sure if his method is better than Elmer Kieth’s, but he claims it works perfectly.
          Appreciate the link. Interesting reading.
          Never drink down stream from the herd.

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          • #6
            Originally posted by dakotashooter2 View Post
            Its odd that it is and American design yet widely used everywhere but here.
            Yep,,, while out preferred Boxer design, was invented by a Britt.

            Seriously, it's not nearly as "friendly" to handloading operations as the Boxer design is, and I'd about wager that at least 85% of handloading ammunition,,,,,,,,,,,,, is done here in the US.

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            • #7
              Originally posted by williamwaco View Post
              Life is too short....
              Couldn't agree more!

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