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Old November 26, 2012, 12:11 PM   #8
Mike Irwin
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OK, I think this page better illustrates the kind of primers that dstryr has:

http://www.soldusa.com/rainworx/detail.asp?id=42730

Judging by what I've seen, that's a pretty early primer tin -- probably from the late 1870s or the early 1880s.

Lastly, those primers are, if they are identical to the ones shown in the link I provided at the top of this message, Berdan primers.

Most metallic shotshells manufactured in the United States prior to World War I were Berdan primed.
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