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    Posted: July 20 2012 at 1:18am
I have been shooting Privi and Federal cartridges, and now have a lot of brass! How do i know what type of primers to use? Do I have to reload with Berdan or just "large rifle" box primers? BTW, I am totally new to reloading.
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I'm pretty sure all your brass is reloadable with standard "large rifle" primers. In the U.S. That would automatically mean Boxer, not Berdan, but check the flash holes in the base of the fired cases to be sure. There was some early NNY/PPU brass that was berdan primed.
 
If you see one hole, centered in the base the load was Boxer (reloadable) primed, if there are 2 smaller holes slightly offset to either side of the center you have some Berdan-primed brass which is reloadable, but not usually thought of as being worth the effort here.
 
The primers are not interchangable between Boxer & berdan.
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Shamu, great answer.
Sayak, make sure you read a few good reloading books (ABC's reloading, Lyman) before you start your actual reloading. You want to be very knowledgable about all the variables in powder, primers and cartridges
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Thanks Shamu and Ed. I have that very book from the library, and ordered a copy on Amazon. I'm excited about reloading for my two Enfields, Swede, .270 and my boys' rifles too!
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