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    Quote Originally Posted by Rory McCanuck View Post
    Lee, Hornady, Lyman, ABCs of Reloading (good instructions, but no load data).
    Alliant and Western Powders books have just load data, no instructions.
    I bought that when I started, good little book, really explains the steps end to end.
    Also helps with brass inspection - so you can identify it's end of life.
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    Lyman's new 50th edition is out. That was always my gold standard.

    Brass life - I admit I'm not fussy enough to batch sort and keep track of the thousands upon thousands of cases I have.

    I find that the neck splits before anything else - that's the only case failures I ever have had, save for body splits on pistol cases. Easy to spot and cull at that point.

    However I load moderate pressure target ammo only. My case failures are plain old work fatigue from firing and resizing many times.

    So unless you're loading hot, or have a fetish for sloppy reamed-out Smellies, it's not going to trouble you.


    Check your hirtenberger brass before ramming it into a sizing die. Most of that stuff is berdan primed.

    You'll break your decapping pin trying to punch a new flash hole in it.

    Goes for any military brass from commie land too - shine a light down into the case. If you see one central flash hole you're fine, if there are 2 holes, toss them.
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    Quote Originally Posted by Mark-II View Post
    if there are 2 holes, toss them.
    Wait what! No no send them to me I'll take them.

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    Quote Originally Posted by IJ22 View Post
    Wait what! No no send them to me I'll take them.

    Or there are a small number of odd fellows who will go through the effort of processing them, and will often have a crate of berdan primers going back 40 years
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    Quote Originally Posted by Mark-II View Post
    Or there are a small number of odd fellows who will go through the effort of processing them, and will often have a crate of berdan primers going back 40 years
    That's better.

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    Reloading Berdan primers is not worth the effort. Very few milsurp cartridges are not available with Boxer primers any more.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Justice View Post
    Reloading Berdan primers is not worth the effort. Very few milsurp cartridges are not available with Boxer primers any more.
    I suppose it's worthwhile if you have access to a lot of reloadable brass cheap, and have access to the Berdan primers at a good price.

    It's easy enough to deprime Berdan brass using the hydraulic method. Just fill the case almost full with water and insert a close-fitting rod, and then whack the rod with a mallet.

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    Quote Originally Posted by shootist1873 View Post
    I suppose it's worthwhile if you have access to a lot of reloadable brass cheap, and have access to the Berdan primers at a good price.

    It's easy enough to deprime Berdan brass using the hydraulic method. Just fill the case almost full with water and insert a close-fitting rod, and then whack the rod with a mallet.
    Exactly, I reload GP11 and quite enjoy the process, it's therapeutic. Mindless repetition can be very relaxing.

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    "...have access to the Berdan primers..." Virtually not available. Although Canada Ammo says they have 'em. No such thing as a Berdan Large Rifle Primer though.

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