Berdan primers

Discussion in 'Ammunition & Reloading' started by Nfernaays, Nov 26, 2012.

  1. Nfernaays

    Nfernaays New Member

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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?
     
  2. c3shooter

    c3shooter Administrator Staff Member

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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.
     

  3. canebrake

    canebrake New Member

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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.
     
  4. rjd3282

    rjd3282 New Member

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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.
     
  5. robocop10mm

    robocop10mm Lifetime Supporting Member Lifetime Supporter

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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.
     
  6. hiwall

    hiwall Well-Known Member

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    if you want to reload them why not just buy berdan primers?
     
  7. robocop10mm

    robocop10mm Lifetime Supporting Member Lifetime Supporter

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

    locutus Well-Known Member Supporter

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    But they can be found if you're willing to look around.
     
  9. hiwall

    hiwall Well-Known Member

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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.
     
  10. robocop10mm

    robocop10mm Lifetime Supporting Member Lifetime Supporter

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    Yeah, I did not say "impossible" to find. The Old Western Scrounger used to carry them.
     
  11. steve4102

    steve4102 New Member

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    Powder Valley has Berdan primers in stock.
     
  12. res45

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  13. locutus

    locutus Well-Known Member Supporter

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    a few years ago, someone made a Berdan decapper that used a boxer primer in a tube inserted into the case mouth to blow out the berdan primer. Anyone remember this???

    I'd love to have one.
     
  14. res45

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    Water is much safer and you can make several different types of decapping tools/
    http://www.surplusrifle.com/shooting2005/berdanreloading/index.asp

    Post #5 shows the old punch and pry method you can make the tool from a cheap chainsaw file and a block of wood with the appropriate size hole drilled to hold the casing.
    http://parallaxscurioandrelicfirearmsforums.yuku.com/topic/25275
     
    Last edited: Dec 2, 2012
  15. JWagner

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