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Old 11-27-2012, 02:00 AM   #1
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Well i am well aware that its a pain in the rear but how do you and what do you need to reload berdan to boxer?

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Old 11-27-2012, 02:13 AM   #2
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Berdan primed cartridges have the anvil as part of the cartridge case, and two flash holes. You would need to remove the Berdan primer, drill one flash hole at center, removing the anvil, and size the diameter/depth of pocket to accept a boxer primer.

Frankly, pretty darned labor intensive to machine each case.

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Most all Berdan primer ammo is surplus and were manufactured for a shoot and forget situation. You can find "new", re-loadable Boxer brass for most configurations.

I would never trust a brass shell converted to boxer in any of my sticks.

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There was a guy who developed a way to do by machining the entire pocket out and threading it to recieve a new threaded primer pocket but he said you can only use very low power loads and it really wasn't worth the trouble. It's in the The handloader's manual of cartridge conversions by John J. Donnelly.

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One of the major pitfalls in such conversions is the Berdan primed brass tends to have primer pockets that are larger than standard Boxer primers. That is a significant problem.

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if you want to reload them why not just buy berdan primers?

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Because Berdan primers are very hard to find in most parts of the US

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Because Berdan primers are very hard to find in most parts of the US
But they can be found if you're willing to look around.
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OK I admit it has been a while since I bought any Berdan primers. You do have to be careful buying them as there are several sizes. I used to load 43 Spanish and many were berdan primed.

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Yeah, I did not say "impossible" to find. The Old Western Scrounger used to carry them.

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