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Thanks for the walk through! I've been thinking about getting into reloading due for cost and consistency of rounds, but I've been having difficulty finding supplies. What does your cost per round end up being?

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Thanks for the walk through! I've been thinking about getting into reloading due for cost and consistency of rounds, but I've been having difficulty finding supplies. What does your cost per round end up being?

 

Primer 0.04, new case 0.30 fired case 0.10, powder 0.18 , bullet from 0.10 tp 1.00. Average cost for once fired if you have your case about $0.45 with a quality bullet.

 

Greg

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Awesome, thanks for the info! I'll keep searching for Lee .223 dies and other supplies.

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Great thread , I have reloaded 1,000s of rounds when i was in my 20s/30s and i always used shooters bible for load data but the newest one i have is 1984 does anyone know if they stopped updating it and if so when? nvermind , just found it :tongue: at amazon

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I just found your post for reloading steps for .223, very nice instructions, short and sweet. So many people have different ways of doing the steps and from what I have seen and reading, yours is by far the easiest way. Thank you.

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Has anyone used the AR specific dies from RCBS?

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Has anyone used the AR specific dies from RCBS?

Yes. They are small based dies. They have worked well for me though they might be over working the brass.

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But if you're using ball powder, you might find magnum primers will give you better results. Well, if you can find any.

What is the difference in mag primers? I remember seeing it for one of the loads in one of my reloading handbooks. So if it works better with ball powder, why is that?

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Has anyone used the AR specific dies from RCBS?

What is the difference?? That's usually something always in the back of my mind when I'm reloading 223. Like is there special loads for AR 223 rounds, different equipment, and all that.

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What is the difference in mag primers? I remember seeing it for one of the loads in one of my reloading handbooks. So if it works better with ball powder, why is that?

 

Higher brisance, flash, to get the ball powder igniting better. Not uncommon to use them in 556/223 and sometimes during colder weather a switch over helps on regular powders.

 

What is the difference?? That's usually something always in the back of my mind when I'm reloading 223. Like is there special loads for AR 223 rounds, different equipment, and all that.

 

They are just a small base die and have a taper crimp for the neck vs. the standard roll crimp. My 22 Nosler dies are like that also. I don't crimp so I don't need the taper part. Many guys routinely use a SB die but I have found them to be unnecessary in the bottom feeder dirt shooter barrels I shoot.

 

Greg

 

My assessment? Marketing my friend, marketing.

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What is the difference in mag primers? I remember seeing it for one of the loads in one of my reloading handbooks. So if it works better with ball powder, why is that?

They burn the powder more quickly and more of it. The result then is a shorter recoil and less muzzle flash.

 

In contrast, rod powders are designed to burn more down the barrel, so more of a shove and more muzzle flash.

 

A better complete burn is good for ball powders.

 

Tj

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Higher brisance, flash, to get the ball powder igniting better. Not uncommon to use them in 556/223 and sometimes during colder weather a switch over helps on regular powders.

 

 

They are just a small base die and have a taper crimp for the neck vs. the standard roll crimp. My 22 Nosler dies are like that also. I don't crimp so I don't need the taper part. Many guys routinely use a SB die but I have found them to be unnecessary in the bottom feeder dirt shooter barrels I shoot.

 

Greg

 

My assessment? Marketing my friend, marketing.

Thank you very much

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I don't know why I didn't ask this on my first visit but how do you like that h335 powder?

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You trim after you size? I just got some dies to go with the press I got from FW, and a little tub of unique case lube. Gonna start decapping and sizing a few to get a feel for what I'm doing. Guess I should have started with pistol instead of Blackout.

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