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Type of primer used in Ammo

Discussion in 'Ammunition & Reloading' started by SDR, May 3, 2009.

  1. SDR

    SDR Clackamas County, Oregon Silver Vendor Silver Vendor

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    How can you tell by looking if Ammo is Berdan, or Boxer primed..........
    Thanks!
     
  2. HappyRoman

    HappyRoman Sherwood Forest Bronze Supporter Bronze Supporter

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    Boxer primed is std. US made ammo. It has only ONE flash hole on the inside center of the spent case.
    The Berdan primed ammo, mostly foreign military ammo, has 2 smaller flash holes that are NOT centered. Thus your std reloading depriming die will not work.
    Hope this helps.
     
  3. SDR

    SDR Clackamas County, Oregon Silver Vendor Silver Vendor

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    I was wondering if you can tell on loaded ammunition,But firing one and inspecting it works also.
    Thank You
     
  4. BillM

    BillM Amity OR Bronze Supporter Bronze Supporter

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    IIRC, the diameters are different. With a good eye and a set of
    calipers you should be able to determine primer type from
    loaded ammo.