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Old August 15, 2021, 12:52 PM   #17
44 AMP
Join Date: March 11, 2006
Location: Upper US
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Seems you can't get them anywhere anymore. Wondering if it would be possible to raid shotgun primers to reload European Berdans.
Berdan primers have always been scarce in the US. And I do not think their sizes are identical with US primer sizes. Close I think, but I don't know for certain.

"raiding" shotgun primers?? do you mean disassembling them? I think that's not a good idea.

The best solution is simply to use boxer primed cases. This can be difficult if you have one of the rare obsolete European rounds, but it can be done if you have enough $ to put into the project.

If you're using one of the more common and in current production rounds and just want to reload the cheap berdan surplus cases available for it, you'll find that even if you can get berdan primers, its not worth the cost when you can get boxer primed brass instead.
All else being equal (and it almost never is) bigger bullets tend to work better.
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