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I knew they looked different but was unaware of the functioning details. My Berdan experience has been shooting Blazer aluminum and South African 223 & 308. I collect all my brass for pals but do not give them Berdan-primed brass.

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but do not give them Berdan-primed brass.


You are a good man and the recipients will appreciate that.
Boxer is smaller and is easily reloaded ,bearden mixed in breaks decap pins
Can be reloaded but it takes a claw thingy to remove and I don't know of any places to get fresh primers in this country right off hand.
 
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You can also decap Berdan brass hydraulically, using water pressure to force the old primer out. Potentially messy, but easier than using the claw tools to mechanically decap Berdan primers, and less likely to damage the case or anvil.

Wolf and Tula offer Berdan primers, but supply is sporadic, since demand is very low. There are a few other foreign companies producing Berdan primers, like RWS, CBC, and PPU, but they haven't bothered to try to bring them into the US yet, due to the aforementioned low demand.

You can occasionally see old stock Berdan primers for sale at gun shows or on Gunbroker.
 
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Back about 40 years ago there was a discussion in one of the gun magazines about reloading Berdan-primed cases, and there was a concern that the primer would go off while being seated, since the anvil is in the case.

When Blazer aluminum cased ammo was introduced, CCI-Speer said they were using Berdan primers to discourage reloading, since the cases were weaker than brass cases.

Is it really worth the trouble?


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Originally posted by newtoSig765:
Is it really worth the trouble?


Usually not, hence the very low demand for Berdan primers.

Only really useful for older obscure calibers, where Boxer brass is tough/expensive to obtain but surplus Berdan brass is more readily available.
 
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Many years ago a well-known writer (Ross Seyfried?) discussed a technique of depriming Berdan cases by driving a punch through one of the flash holes. It obviously must be done manually with a small punch, but it appeared to be relatively easy and effective, and is obviously much less time consuming and messy than the hydraulic method.




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