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jedboom
February 10, 2005, 10:52 PM
OK, here goes...

in .223/5.56 cal.

- I bought some "once fired" military/LE brass off e-bay. I swedged the primer pocket on about 10 of them and noticed it took very little effort to do this and virtually no resistance to seat the primers compared to commercial brass (but this LE/MS brass is my first attempt at loading this caliber). Is this normal/safe, or did I swege too much? Just for kicks I tried to prime some w/o swedging and that felt "normal". Now I'm slightly confused.

-I loaded the cases w/ 23.5 gr of H335 to start with using CCI primers and Rem. 55 gr FMJ bullets.

-I also would like to load some 55 gr Hornady V-max bullets for varmint hunting. Can I use the same charge for these as FMJ bullets. Also these have no crimp groove, what do I do for a crimp, I'm shooting them from a semi-auto and always thought at least some crimp was necessary.

-Any help would be greatly appreciated so I don't blow my fool head off.

-Thanks

PS-does anyone have any good leads on 5.56 surplus ammo, ya' know in case this whole reloading thing doesn't pan out. I read on another post about 1000 rounds for 100ish dollars, but they didn'y say where. Thats way better than I have found....so far.

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Dave R
February 10, 2005, 11:06 PM
Sounds like you over-swaged the pockets. The cases 'may' not have a military crimp on the promer pocket?

Regarding the load--its a bad idea to assume a safe load for one 55gr. bullet is safe for another. Their pressure curves may be different. Friction in the barrel, etc. Safest thing it to use Hornaday's manual's load data.

But that load looks quite a bit below max. Max in Speer's manual for their 55gr. bullets is 26gr of H335. I use the same load for a Nosler 55gr. and its an accurate load in my rifle.

I like the Olympic .223 that Aim is selling right now. Cases are boxer-primed and reloadable, too.

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