Reloading Berdan primed brass

Discussion in 'General Reloading' started by vodkazombie, Apr 10, 2002.

  1. vodkazombie

    vodkazombie Guest

    Ok, so here goes. I picked up an RCBS berdan decapping tool from an auction. It works well, I will include a photo of it.

    You stick that chrome dowel into the case you want to deprime, then you use line up the tool on the rim of the case, press the spike into the spent primer and just rip it right out of the case.

    It's not that tedious, really. I've got berdan rifle primers and a lot of 7.7 japanese 205 grain collet pulled bullets.

    Crap. My camera needs batteries. DOH
  2. billy

    billy G&G Evangelist Forum Contributor

    well it looks like it HAS been done

  3. BattleRifleG3

    BattleRifleG3 G&G Evangelist

    I'd be interested in that sort of process for 8mm brass.
  4. Gio

    Gio Guest

    How much was the primer tool?
  5. maarten221

    maarten221 Guest

    I have about 700 Chech cases lying around. Bet I could reload the with this tool and some carbide dies...they are steel cases - so it could be a heck of a long shot, but worth trying, right? Now to find Berdan primers!
  6. lefty o

    lefty o G&G Evangelist

    availability of berdan primers in the U.S. is the problem, and that is why its generally considered not worth the time or effeort. you can get the primers, but the odds of finding them locally are slim to none, so factor hazmat fee's into whatever costs your figuring.
  7. By the time you are done buying carbide dies (I haven't seen these for 7.62x54R), bullets (usually around $20-$25 per 100), Berdan primers, and powder, you might just as well have purchased Igman, or Wolf Gold, with Boxer primers, use the originals as target rounds and then relaod with a decent hunting bullet from Speer, Sierra, etc.

    Not to mention the PITA of removing Berdan primers with the "chipper" tool.

    If it's just the brass cased round that peaks your fancy (easier to cycle than steel through most Mosins) then take a look at Bulgarian light and heavy ball. It is corrosive, but 300 rounds for $30+shipping...

    ... just remember to clean your rifle within a couple of hours after you shoot it. I load my own (using Igman, Winchester, and Wolf Gold, brass) for fun but I love the Bulgarian Milsurp. I'm surprised that everyone isn't shooting it... or maybe they are.:)
  8. lifesgood

    lifesgood Guest

    That is interesting. If ammo gets tight that could pay for itself.
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  10. .22guy

    .22guy G&G Enthusiast

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