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.223 to short???

 
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Old 11-14-2012, 08:53 PM
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.223 to short???

I just realized I made the oal of my .223 reloads .05 shorter than the min length in the reload book. Is this a problem? Should I not shoot them? I have shot about 200 of them and they were accurate and ran fine in the AR. Can they cause any damage?

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Old 11-15-2012, 12:58 AM
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I just realized I made the oal of my .223 reloads .05 shorter than the min length in the reload book. Is this a problem? Should I not shoot them? I have shot about 200 of them and they were accurate and ran fine in the AR. Can they cause any damage?

thanks for the help
Everyone is so damn hung up on letting the bullets hang out; it's almost absurd. If you don't have bullet ogive in the neck you will not have an issue. As long as they aren't falling into the case they will be fine. In some bigger rounds(like the Rums) a .200" to .400" run to the lands is standard. 50 thou. short aint jack if they shoot well.
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Old 11-15-2012, 05:40 AM
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Re: .223 to short???

As long as they fit the magazine and bullets are not jammed into the lands, it is OK. The reloading book OAL's apply only to the test rifle.
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Old 11-15-2012, 10:42 AM
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Re: .223 to short???

I am on the learning curve here and missed the info on oal. I know reloading demands accuracy so I was concerned. Like I said I have shot many of these rounds and they are accurate. They are moa of prairie dog at 230yards. I even went to the shop last night and use my bullet puller to draw back about 50 rounds that I was going to reseat today. I guess I will just shoot what I have and mess with the oal next loading.

thanks guys I was going to reseat a ton of rounds. I just wanted to make sure it wouldn't damage the rifle. Like I said I am about .05 less than the book said was the minimum.
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Re: .223 to short???

Just out of curiosity, why do you suspect that it would hurt something? What would it hurt?
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I just realized I made the oal of my .223 reloads .05 shorter than the min length in the reload book. Is this a problem? Should I not shoot them? I have shot about 200 of them and they were accurate and ran fine in the AR. Can they cause any damage?

thanks for the help
I agree with the others here... it's no big deal, and should shoot just fine in your AR.. AR's are very forgiving.

I do have one question; are you crimping you loads? And what type of crimp are you using, if you are?
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Old 11-15-2012, 06:41 PM
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Thanks guys.

Not sure what it would hurt, Idono. I think it may effect accuracy but not sure what or if it would hurt anything.

Yes I am putting a factory crimp on the rounds.

I remember a guy, with little or no carpentry exp, trying to nail down a deck on his house. He actually measured where he placed each nail. I know they should be close but measuring is a bit much. In his defense he was learning and because of this he went a bit overboard trying to get it right. In that respect I am at that point in reloading. I am still learning and want to get it right and understand. If he got a nail slightly out of measurement it really wasn't a big deal. If I do the same thing, unknowingly, people could get hurt.
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