Finally collected everything I need to reload....

Discussion in 'Ammo, Reloading & Accessories' started by Wildman1024, Mar 11, 2018.

  1. Wildman1024

    Wildman1024 .45 acp

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    That is exactly what it is. I'm not 100% done with it yet as I want to add some shelves to the back and lights.

    I only stained and poly the top at the moment because the fumes were too much for winter with Windows closed. Stunk for days haha
     
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  2. 96coal449

    96coal449 .223 Rem

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    Your doing a great job! I see pride ..... pride is good .....
     
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  3. Wildman1024

    Wildman1024 .45 acp

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    Thanks.
     
  4. zzrguy

    zzrguy .44 mag First Responder

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  5. Robin

    Robin .338 Win Mag

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    I use Varget in my 8mm, flows nice and for me very consistent and accurate loads. My son got two deer with them this year. Good luck!!!!
    Robin
     
  6. Joe Blow

    Joe Blow .40 S&W

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    Brass prep, in my opinion, is a pain in the ass. I've reloaded .223 for practice and competition at all levels. I started out doing the brass prep myself and it didn't take long before I said fuck this. I found a guy in WV who does full brass preparation. He's one of the top shooters in the country and knows his stuff. Last I saw for .223 he was getting $.045 per round (commercial or military) with a minimum of 2K rounds per order (he also does .308). Case prep includes:
    Tumbled to high polish
    Sized to SAAMI specs
    Primer pockets cleaned
    Flash hole deburred
    Trimmed to standard specs
    Case necks deburred and chamfered
    Military crimp removed (swaged)
    Cases are head spaced on a per customer basis using customer provided factory spent brass.

    USPS priority mail flat rate shipping both ways. When it comes back it is gorgeous. Sit in the chair and prime away and yer ready for powder and press. I've loaded tons of this (mainly 69, 77, and 80gr. for competition and 55gr for the pistols).
    Factoring in the cost of the brass prep tools, my time, etc., well worth it to me.
     
  7. SmallGameAddict

    SmallGameAddict .223 Rem

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    Is Varget a ball powder? I was thinking of using it in my 7mm-08, and I like smooth dispensing from a powder measure.
     
  8. MilesTeg

    MilesTeg .308 Win U.S. Military

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    I don't disagree with you but for me I like to drink and work at the bench. So to me I do brass prep all winter long. Now I will admit I probably don't shoot as much rifle as you alluded to.
     
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  9. Robin

    Robin .338 Win Mag

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    I call them kegs, you don't get a lot of chopping, and fairly consistent from throw to throw.
    Robin
     
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  10. SmallGameAddict

    SmallGameAddict .223 Rem

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    So it's an extruded powder but flows well. Hmmm...

    Thanks for replying. Much appreciated.
     
  11. Joe Blow

    Joe Blow .40 S&W

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    For .223 I use nothing but Hodgdon Varget. I know it as commonly called "stick" powder. Love it...
     
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  12. meketrefe

    meketrefe .308 Win

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    I would love to write a long list of things but I think that most of what you need to do is already in the
    reloading section in a sticky.
    Safety first so understanding the safety measures and how to keep everything organized ahead of time
    and also read some materials regarding all steps from brass selection and preparation to bullet seating and crimping
    and how to get a consistent final round.

    Make a check list and put it in front of you right above the press. Leave the powder canister out in front of the
    charging station or press so you know what powder is in the thrower. Do not mix canisters and take your time.

    There are 3 main rules that one should follow all the time and then you should be fine:

    1. Measure
    2. Measure again
    3 when done with the above then verify and measure a bit more.:D

    Assume nothing.


    You will be fine. 223 is a forgiving caliber and excellent round to start reloading rifle. You will be grouping like crazy
    in no time.
     
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  13. JamieZ

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    Loaded 1000+ 223, all with Varget. Good powder,,,not temperature sensitive and accuracy with the loads is great
     
  14. meketrefe

    meketrefe .308 Win

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    @Wildman1024 I forgot from all the garbage in YouTube there is something of value so check out a guy that goes by ammosmith or somethign like that.
    He has very good close ups of things and will give some tips even to the most expert reloaders including wildcatters and guys into brass forming like I do.
    Let me know if you don't find the threads in the reloading section. Maybe they got lost in an ocean of political posts.
     
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  15. Wildman1024

    Wildman1024 .45 acp

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    I'll take a look. Thanks.
     
  16. meketrefe

    meketrefe .308 Win

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    Sorry I cannot be more involved in the forum. It is crunch time at work but if anything you can always give us a shout. Good luck.
     
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  17. Wildman1024

    Wildman1024 .45 acp

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    All good
     
  18. Wildman1024

    Wildman1024 .45 acp

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    So...I am working on setting up my case trimmer. Looks like case length for 223 should be 1.750 with a max OAL of 1.760. It's really hard to get it dialed in perfect. If I am at 1.49-1.51 that should be OK I assume? I'm not going for match grade stuff here.

    Do you even need to trim all the time anyways? If you are between 1.750 and 1.760 do you even trim?
     
  19. Acer-m14

    Acer-m14 .338 Win Mag

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    see the case trim max length from your book .. under that a bit your still good.

    i reload 270 win and its the same case as 30-06 just a different neck dia for the bullet .. so when i neck down a 30-06 to 270 win is way short
    but it works and will take a few reloads to stretch the neck back out for trimming ..

    watch your terminology OAL over all length that is loaded with bullet ..

    COL and OAL are pretty much the same thing, one is just more specific than the other, but usually refer to the same measurement - Base of the case to the tip of your bullet.

    1.750" or 1.760" is the min and max for trimming case length ..
    shoot for the middle
     
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    Wildman1024 .45 acp

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    So I have been doing a little reading around the web. Seems like unless the case is greater than 1.755, they do not trim it.

    What would be the minimum usable case length? 1.73? 1.74?
     
  21. Acer-m14

    Acer-m14 .338 Win Mag

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    @Wildman1024 I would reject any case under the min spec unless you know its good .. unlike the 30-06 to 270 conversion that i do which is a known process and works

    what 223 gun you loading for semi .. should crimp neck to bullet , bolt can pass on
     
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