Reloaders .. a .45acp headstamp

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    Reloaders .. a .45acp headstamp

    Just wondering if you have come across this - and/or know its origin. I am busy reloading some .45acp stuff and have had three cases with this headstamp - and will they accept a new primer?? NOPE, they will not. Even with adding some chamfer it is no go.

    Because I am loading practice/plinking stuff I am mixing headstamps from the large bucket of brass ...... but this one surprises me with its reluctance to accept a primer... others just have a slightly different assorted ''feel'' but reprime fine.


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    FC is typically federal.

    Is the pocket swaged like you'd find on much GI brass ?

    There are some reloading tools to open that pocket up again, dillon makes a doo-dad. RCBS used to make a special shell holder to do it in a single stage press.

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    I believe it is brass from ammo made for the military. We had some like that for our folks in the USMC for our MEU SOC folks 45's.

    The FC definately stands for Federal Cartridge.
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    Thx guys - well my first thought was indeed ""Federal Cartridge" but other brass has the full ''Federal'' stamped - and that, Win, Rem Peters etc - are all just dandy.

    I am wondering if this is somehow mil oriented stuff - and no the pocket does not appear swaged - and if it was then usually I expect that a few turns of my primer pocket chamfer tool would suffice, as it does on some milsurp rifle stuff. This tho refuses to allow a primer to seat!!

    Since posting I have had two more so - am takin a quick peek at headstamps as I use the cases ... and pitching these FC deals. Thx.
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    Federal Cartridge Corp., Anoka, MN 55303 (also produced in Germany and Austria for Federal).

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    Fc stands for Federal Cartridge. The cases have a military headstamp. Some military cases had a proprietary primer that were slightly smaller then the standard diameter of .210-inch. they were about .206-inch and it is hoples to try and seat a standard primer.

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    Thx for the info - yes for sure, I can well believe the pocket is undersized LOL!

    I am now well informed Thx again.
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