Reloading for standard chamber

Discussion in 'Reloading' started by kdc415, Nov 12, 2012.

  1. kdc415

    kdc415 New Member

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    I want to get into reloading and have been doing research, but still many questions. I want to reload 223, for example, so that I can use it in any of the 223 rifles I or a friend might have. Can someone comment on the requirements please? Touching on full length case reforming and trimming requirements if neccessary?

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  2. Lefty7mmstw

    Lefty7mmstw Well-Known Member

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    If you want to load for two rifles in the same caliber you need to full length size your rounds. I would probably buy dies for each rifle and segregate the rounds myself, but if they shoot well in both rifles go for it. Watch for chamber and throat differences and adjust ammo dimensions(ie. bullet seating depth) to fit both rifles well.
     

  3. MachV

    MachV Well-Known Member

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    First off welcome to LRH
    Second =good luck....your going to need it!
    Haveing 6 223s and my love of prairie dog shooting I've tryed to do this for years with mixed results. Meaning that I could get a couple to shoot the same load minute of prairie dog while some required thier own load. The one AR upper will not even share brass and requires me to keep that brass only for that gun!
    If one of the firearms does not have a big chamber it might work to full lenth resize and trim so the case fits inside all of the chambers. I pick up a lot of brass and some of it takes a small base die to get them back on track.
    Then there is the length to throat problem and a magazine length that might limit what loads in what.
    If you are just reloading blasting ammo reloading to minimum speck will allow the ammo to go bang and the bullet to leave the barrel somewhere in the dirrection of the target?
    Dont load them longer than 2.25 or you could run into rounds that will not fit the magazine or will overpreasure in a short throat.
    Dont load them anyhwere near max, Hot weather and hot chambers can raise preasures!
    I ended up rebarreling a couple of Savages to 223ai and 204, selling one 223 and replaceing it with a 20PPC and I crush all brass fed through the AR. Now I have 2 223s=one shoots 55SPBT and AA2200
    powder into one hole and the other shoots 40 grain Vmaxes and Tac into small groups.
     
  4. kdc415

    kdc415 New Member

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    Thanks for the info. Your 'good luck' comment made me chuckle as I was sort of expecting that. I want some to go bang, but I only need 1 rifle to be accurate on coyote. I'm green and not familiar with that combo you said could crease the same hole. Could you elaborate? Or is that like asking a stranger for numbers of hot fishing ground!

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  5. MachV

    MachV Well-Known Member

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    No real big secret with that one hole round=Now that its been found:D
    That load was my standard prairie dog load for a coupe of years for a Ruger VT and the AR. Its cheap and works in a number of guns alright but in the case of the old 14 twist J action Savage its the only thing it will shoot sub MOA
    It takes a new or once fired winchester case,must be a neck tention thing?
    A Hornady SPSX 55 grain flat base bullet=They cut the crown with a hacksaw!
    25.5 grains of AA2200 powder, its an old surplus powder that was very cheap back in late 1990s -early 2000s.
    A CCI 450 primer=no other primer seams to work with this powder for some reason?
    COL has to be 2.27.....Too long to fit in the AR or CZ magazine
    Like I said its no secret just tuff to find!
    this load does a great job of killing, it does not blow a prairie dog up like a VMax but just like a coyote they are just plain dead.
    The only downside is it tends to fall out of the sky after 300 yards.