Originally Posted by LDBennett
If you buy any old surplus ammo be aware of a few things: Is it corrosive; Was it made for the M1 Garand: Does it use reloadable boxer primers or un-reloadable Berdan primers.
......The best once fired brass you can buy is Lake City (US government) but the primers are crimped or staked in and removing the crimp after removal of the primer is tough. .LDBennett
berdan, CAN be reloaded.. just have to deal with tearing the primer out and having berdan primers on hand. just because I like to own tools.. I got the lil needlenose pliers looking jobs that peirce and pull the primers.. someone here or on another list posted about finding berdan primers..e tc..
as for the crimp? lyman and others make some great tools.
I ran thru a few hundred milsurp 3006 brass a while back.. every one of them crimped. a good 20 or so with a crimp that was ginormous!
PP crimp reamer and then a pocket truing tool made short work.
I have a manual hand tool set.. but treated myself to the automated 5 head station and it is great!