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ursoboostd
08-07-2010, 09:49
I got my 1st AR yesterday (Spikes tactical w/ mid length gas system) and loaded my 1st 30 rds of 223. Gonna shoot 100 rds of Remington bulk ammo 1st then my reloads. Hopefully have a succesful range report tomorrow. -Wade-

Winchester 55 gr fmj
23.9gr of Tac
OAL= 2.24"
Wolf 223 small rifle primers

Zombie Steve
08-07-2010, 10:03
Get your butler or ex-wife to pull the trigger on the first few. :whistling:



Congrats. Post some pics.

Hydraulicman
08-07-2010, 10:13
post pics of your targets. did you meter directly into the case to weigh every charge?

ursoboostd
08-07-2010, 14:26
post pics of your targets. did you meter directly into the case to weigh every charge?
Hopefully I'll have time to post pics tomorrow after the range. I used the Lee Double Disk set up on my LCT. I weighed about 10 charges. I actually couldn't believe how well it was metering. -Wade-

peaman
08-07-2010, 14:36
Did you make sure the case length was not over 1.76? If not so, you need to trim it down to 1.75 before reloading, really depending on the length of your chamber. I've actually, accidentally trimmed them down to 1.73 with no ill side effects. They say, if the case is to long, it may get pinched between the bullet and barrel, and explode. Trimming is one of the most important parts of rifle reloading. I reaload all 223 cases 1.76 inches and under. Anything over, i trim before reloading.

ursoboostd
08-07-2010, 14:52
Did you make sure the case length was not over 1.76? If not so, you need to trim it down to 1.75 before reloading, really depending on the length of your chamber. I've actually, accidentally trimmed them down to 1.73 with no ill side effects. They say, if the case is to long, it may get pinched between the bullet and barrel, and explode. Trimming is one of the most important parts of rifle reloading. I reaload all 223 cases 1.76 inches and under. Anything over, i trim before reloading.
Glad you brought that up. I was acutally curious what the + side of the length tolerance was? Sure its a little different for every rifle. The pieces of brass I loaded were all in between 1.75 and 1.760. I really didn't feel like trimming brass, so I set all the pieces that measured over 1.76 for later trimming. -Wade-

peaman
08-07-2010, 14:58
Also, of course, you measure the length after you resize it. Another thing, is it may not chamber in an ar15 if you are not using a small base sizing die. Well, mine still worked, but you cannot unload it without buttslapping it first, if you don't fire it. I had to order a rcbs small base sizer die, because my hornady die did not size the base small enough. The same went with my automatic 308.

ursoboostd
08-07-2010, 15:05
I'm using a lee full length sizing die. Hopefully it will work. -Wade-

peaman
08-07-2010, 15:11
I'm using a lee full length sizing die. Hopefully it will work. -Wade-

I'm giiving you a heads up, from what i learned.:wavey: Loading rifle is alot more time consuming than pistol.

PCJim
08-07-2010, 15:29
Most AR rifles will run with brass reloaded using a full length sizing die. It is only those few that won't that would require the small base dies.

ursoboostd
08-07-2010, 15:30
I'm giiving you a heads up, from what i learned.:wavey: Loading rifle is alot more time consuming than pistol.
Yeah I bought a 308 last month and I've been dipping and measuring one at a time. That takes forever. I'm "hoping" I can load 223 as fast as piston except for all the case prep of course. -Wade-

ursoboostd
08-22-2010, 07:22
All of these rounds went off without a hitch. I also loaded/shot 150 more at 25.2 grains. All is running pretty well out of my Spike Tactical Middy. -Wade-

herdingcats
08-23-2010, 23:00
Congrats on the new set-up. And I agree that rifle is much different than pistol reloading. I feel like pistol reloading is simple, fast and safe whereas rifle seems to take twice as long (or more) and is very slow in the case prep stages (I have about 7,000 223 cases I need to get to, that I just avoid like the plague). And per your comment, yes it is real quick to load 223 once the case prep is done.

Have fun!