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Unread 05-19-2009, 10:20 PM
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Re: .223 Ackley dies

Midway stocks the Lee die set for the 223 AI....along with the Redding std set...can not recall if the Redding is the 3 pc deluxe set or not....I have been loading the 223 AI for five yrs or so now...12 twist Pac Nor spins out a Nosler moly 55 BT @ 3500 fps on a mere 27.5/BM....safe load in my rifle......
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    Re: .223 Ackley dies

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    :S oops, I meant 24.8 grains for the 75 HPBT, it's looking likely that i'll be settling on 26gr of varget for the 75gr AI loads too

    What sort of speeds are you getting?

    My barrel has arrived and it's all boxed up and off to the gunsmith soon.........
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    What sort of speeds are you getting?

    My barrel has arrived and it's all boxed up and off to the gunsmith soon.........
    Looking forward to seeing how your rig turns out and shoots

    I haven't had a chance to run the loads over the chrony yet for a couple of reasons (ran out of projectiles and I still need to get a tripod for the chrono screens hehe) i'm more interested in finding an accurate load first though and then when that is 'settled' in, i'll give them a run to see what its doing numbers wise. I'm using CCI 400's as primers and am getting some decent cratering even out of 'mild' loads in the AI cases (about 24 grains Varget) so I might also change out to a harder primer to see how it goes after that (got the CCI 400s for fireforming purposes) i've got plenty of time at the moment though so am in no rush.
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    Re: .223 Ackley dies

    The .223 AI I had had a 1in 8"twist and I shot mostly 80gn SMK. However, I would also run some 69 and 75's on occasion. Didn't try the Lee dies. I had Redding comp seater and a neck bushing die. Varget was by far the best powder for me with Fed match primers being the best. This particular rifle wasn't real fond of the 69's. It did shoot the 75's into the 7's, the 80's into the 4's and the 52 SMK into bugholes. Tried various powder and primer combinations and always came back to Varget and Fed match.
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    Re: .223 Ackley dies

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    I had Redding comp seater and a neck bushing die.
    Just out of curiosity, did / does your neck bushing die size the entire neck down to the shoulder? Mine is leaving about 1mm of (apparently - no visual evidence of sizing occurring there) unsized area just above the shoulder on the necks
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    If I remember correctly, mine didn't size all the way down either. Haven't used them very often, so I don't know if this is typical or not. Would be nice to know, though.
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    Unread 05-25-2009, 12:07 AM
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    Re: .223 Ackley dies

    Looks like I am getting my Redding .223 comp seater reamed out to AI and just using the Lee collet die. Too easy.
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