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Unread 05-03-2009, 05:24 PM
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I have redding dies in 223 remington, I am trying to load the 50 grain hornady v-max, case is cut to the trim to length witch is 1.750.
The hornady book says to seat the 50 grn at 2.200 . I have my seater bottomed out and I cant get 2.200.
Now multiple bullets have the same measurement(2.200), so I will have an issue with more then the v-max.
I reload a few different calibers , I have Decent reloading equipment. Anyone know what the problem is? I say its the die? Am I missing something? The gun is a single shot .
Dave
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    Unread 05-03-2009, 07:24 PM
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    Do you know that you need 2.200?
    How would your source know?

    That's not unusually deep or anything, but I wonder if you really need it there.
    If you do, you could get another die, or a thinner shellholder(or machined shell holder).

    When I first get a gun or newly finished barrel, I measure max OAL(bullet into rifling). Then I load with the bullets seated .005" deeper into the case as a starting point.
    If I cannot reach a max(the rifling) as is the case with many factory guns, I seat the bullet bearing 1.5cals as a starting point. .224x1.5=.336
    I use bushings for neck sizing 1cal of the neck.

    With my present 223(a Cooper), and 50 Blitzkings, best accuracy has been 1.800" to Ogv, or ~2.225 OAL. My initial Jam length(max) was 1.802"
    That was 408 rounds ago and so far it's holding.

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    Originally Posted by dave1 View Post
    I have redding dies in 223 remington, I am trying to load the 50 grain hornady v-max, case is cut to the trim to length witch is 1.750.
    The hornady book says to seat the 50 grn at 2.200 . I have my seater bottomed out and I cant get 2.200.
    Now multiple bullets have the same measurement(2.200), so I will have an issue with more then the v-max.
    I reload a few different calibers , I have Decent reloading equipment. Anyone know what the problem is? I say its the die? Am I missing something? The gun is a single shot .
    Dave
    Dave,
    Why do you have to seat to book specs?
    I would be finding the maximum OAL for that bullet, and seat .010"-.015" off the lands to start with.
    I have found that most book specs for seating depth are quite a ways off, normally you can seat much further out than book specs, and the load will be more accurate.
    You might find that you can seat well out past 2.260" with most 50gr 22cal bullets.
    Cheers.
    MagnumManiac.
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    Unread 05-03-2009, 07:33 PM
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    the source is the newest hornady book. I know about seating specificly to your gun. how do i do it on a ne.f. single shot?

    I need somewhere to start . What do other people do when loading the hornady 50 v-max
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    Are you crimping the necks?
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    Unread 05-04-2009, 12:01 PM
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    didnt plan on it. Loading for a single shot.
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    That places the die body high in the press frame. Is the seating stem adjusted fully downward in the die?
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