Originally Posted by bigbuck
Do you know if the bulk .223 ammo is crimped ? Does all of the semiauto .223's have to be crimped ?
Thanks for all of the info . I believe I am going to get set up to load what I need. Is the 55 grain hornady v max the same vmax that you would load in a 22-250 ?
All factory loads in 223 are crimped as far as I know. Most are used in semi-auto (gas blowback) rifles so the factory crimps them as SOP. Same with 5.56 NATO.
It (reloads) don't have to be, I do, as a rule but I crimp everything, thats me. You don't have a whole lot of neck (or tension) so why chance it. Look at it this way, the rifle cycles, the recoil moves the rifle back and forth, the rounds in the magazine move back and forth..... see my point?? Factory ammo is usually crimped because they have no idea what you use it in, Obviously a single feed bolt gun has no issue. A select fire weapon does.
.223's are 22 caliber projectiles. I don't own or load a 22-250 so I have no idea. You can buy bulk Hornady projectiles at Widners, they are Hornady Factory distributors. I usually get them in 5,000 quantity in 55 grain HPBT's. The Vmax only comes in 100 boxes as far as I know. I usually buy a couple boxes, work up a load and then load them all..... if Widners has any. I suspect that bulk 22 cal anything is hard to find right now and no, I don't want to sell any components.