308 mke brass reloadable?

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    308 mke brass reloadable?

    I just pick up some brass head stamped Mke. They look boxer however the head stamp has 3 tool marks around the primer. Can this be reloaded if I swage them. I picked them up after they were run through an M60. The owner of the gun said he thought they were not reloadable.
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    MKE is Turkish manufacture. I have some .223 with MKE stamp. The marks you see are the primer crimp. They are staked instead of the annular ring like the domestic manufacturers use. You can swage them but I've found in the .223 MKE stamps no need for swaging. The MKE stamp should be boxer.
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    Agree. As long as you can see only one primer hole in the inside, they're boxer and good to go.
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    Cut up one casing to see inside the primer hole. One other thing, those are probably using military primers and those can be a real PITA to get, though I think that powder valley carries them at times.

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    You should be able to use a small flashlight to see inside. One hole makes them good to go. You might need to keep a spare decapper pin handy depending upon how hard they are stuck in the pocket.
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    Quote Originally Posted by mauser1959 View Post
    Cut up one casing to see inside the primer hole. One other thing, those are probably using military primers and those can be a real PITA to get, though I think that powder valley carries them at times.
    There's no need to use "military", whatever they are, primers when reloading. Any brand of primer can be used, if the cases are boxer primed.
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