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    Default any interest in Berdan Primed 06 ammo these days?

    My dad gave me @ 300 rounds of F.N. made, 1957 vintage, 30-06, military FMJ ammo. It is loaded with a 150 grain spitzer like the M2 ammo.

    I shot some and then discovered it was Berdan primed. ( YES I BROKE MY DARN DIE-PRIMING PIN)

    Since I am a hand-loader, this stuff does not hold much appeal to me.
    Is there any interest in Berdan primed 30-06 these days?
    I think that FN did not change over to non-corrosive until 1958, so this stuff may be corrosive primed as well.

    If not, I guess I could either shoot it and chuck the brass... or pull the bullets.
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    Default FN Berdan primed ammo

    I think FN switched to non-corrosive primers around 1950. I've got a bunch of early 1950s 9mm and a case of .45 ACP that is non-corrosive. Actually it does not really matter if it is non-corrosive or not as the stuff is 100% duds!

    If the stuff you got fires correctly I'd just shoot it as-is. I've seen quite a few of the cases left on the range so somone is firing it. If you want to sell it send me a price. I'll shoot it and save my US made stuff. I can also trade you '06 fired brass as part trade or something.

    From my expereince I wouldn't recommend stashing it for a rainy day!


    Quote Originally Posted by Float Pilot View Post
    My dad gave me @ 300 rounds of F.N. made, 1957 vintage, 30-06, military FMJ ammo. It is loaded with a 150 grain spitzer like the M2 ammo.

    I shot some and then discovered it was Berdan primed. ( YES I BROKE MY DARN DIE-PRIMING PIN)

    Since I am a hand-loader, this stuff does not hold much appeal to me.
    Is there any interest in Berdan primed 30-06 these days?
    I think that FN did not change over to non-corrosive until 1958, so this stuff may be corrosive primed as well.

    If not, I guess I could either shoot it and chuck the brass... or pull the bullets.
    Living the urban lifestyle so I can pay my way and for my family's needs, and support my country. And you?
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    Not worth it with 30-06 and I'm sure you know this but you can buy a berdan decapping pin, drill out the anvils, uniform the pockets/crimp and load them with boxers. I converted most of my 7.7 and 6,5 Jap brass as well as some other odd hard to find chambering over the years.
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