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My friend gave me a bunch of 7.62 NATO brass after shooting his FAL. While trying to full length resize the cases my die would only go down about 3/4 way and then get very tough. I ended up breaking the decapping pin and never getting full travel from the press. I have done Federal NATO and commercial cases with no problems whatsoever. Is it possible that some surplus ammo looks like brass but is steel inside? Should I cut one in half and see or shoul I just trash the casings. I think they were 147gr NATO surplus in a badolier, maybe Pakistani. Any thoughts?
 

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I would tend to agree with the above post. Might be Berdan primed cases. If you can, cut one.
 

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I just saw midway is selling surplus german 7.62 ammo and it is brass cased berdan primed. Probably what your friend got.
 

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Just look down in the case. If there is one centered hole, then it's boxer primed. If there are a pair of holes, then it's berdan and you're out of luck.
 
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