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Old 06-01-2020, 07:29 PM
Redleg13a Redleg13a is offline
 
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My dad and I have picked up several .303 British cases and some of them are steel, Berdan primed. Does anyone reload Berdan .303? Is it worth keeping them for someone or should I just toss them? I have 24 copper washed, steel case .303 British, 2 brass .303 and 44 Boxer, brass .303. I don't have a .303 and never will so I don't need them but hate to just toss them in the scrap bucket.
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Old 06-01-2020, 08:15 PM
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Primers not sold anymore in USA. Toss your brass into the scrap bin.
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Old 06-02-2020, 04:59 AM
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Steel .303 cases are scrap. My range has scads of them lying around. Not a good idea to reload them, even if you can. Berdan is (IMO) not worth bothering with. Someone will want the Boxer cases, but you may have to mail them.
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Old 06-02-2020, 10:12 AM
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Primers not sold anymore in USA. Toss your brass into the scrap bin.
Not all berdan primers are unavailable. It depends on the size required for the case.

https://fedarm.com/product-category/...nents/primers/

The real problem is that the most common size .217 (KV7.62-N) for the majority of military cases is not available. However, some .303 cases took a larger size primer.

See Murom's website:
http://www.mpzflame.ru/production/primers/
The problem is these are made in Russia and their importation has been restricted since the Ukraine/Crimea invasion.
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Old 06-02-2020, 10:51 AM
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I reload using only Boxer Primers and associated casings. So, yes Boxer primed brass .303 cases might be of use to someone who reloads for that cartridge.

As to the Berdan primed casings, I would scrap them. It is actually a liability having any Berdan type casings lying around, as they will damage your decapping pin if accidentally placed in your press.
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Old 06-02-2020, 03:56 PM
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I miss the Old Western Scrounger.

Although, some of those Berdan primers are larger diameter than any priming tool.
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Old 06-03-2020, 04:37 PM
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Thanks fellas. I'll toss the Berdan stuff and keep the Boxer for trading fodder or something.
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Old 06-03-2020, 08:21 PM
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I've always looked at Berdan primers as a complicated solution for [my] non-existent problem. 9MM Para, 7.62X39, 7.62X54r, 7.62X25, 9X18 Mak.
Too much ammo stashed to worry about reloading.
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Old 06-03-2020, 08:28 PM
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I went down the Berdan Pathway years ago with old Western Scrounger "just because". It was a great trip, learned a lot, and have not touched a Berdan Primer since (even though I have "some" in the stockpile). Worth learning how they work if you are interested - otherwise - boxer is so much easier even if less interesting.
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