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frank_1947
November 29, 2008, 01:48 PM
I have been reloading pistol straight wall cases and casting for many years but never rifle, so when and why would you only size the neck instead of the whole cases that also does neck, I bought the lee deluxe 3 die set, I see no reasonfor just neck sizing, doing .223

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rcmodel
November 29, 2008, 01:52 PM
Neck sizing is used by some folks to maybe improve accuracy & case life in bolt-action & Single shot rifles.

If the cases are going to always be used in the same chamber, it may help.

If not, or if 100% positive functioning is the goal, or if you shoot a semi-auto, or pump, or lever-action, you need to FL size.

rcmodel

frank_1947
November 29, 2008, 01:56 PM
Thanks, that is what I thought.

tapout08
November 29, 2008, 01:57 PM
Rc hit that nail on the head.

If you are going to neck size the brass, only use that brass in one rifle(bolt or single shot). If you are going to use it in many rifles than you need to FL size them. It does help to prolong case life because it does not work the case as much as a FL die will.

frank_1947
November 29, 2008, 02:15 PM
They will only be used in one gun my new AR 15 by Stag left handed, my first few i loaded cycled and ran flawless, did those on single stage I should have my shell plate Monday to load on my Hornady progressive press, I also bought a Lee case activated powder measure, changeing my hornady from pistol to rifle would be a night mare. I bought some H4198 but I do not like the way it drops thru the powder measure it varies to much and will buy some H335 I think will work better thru that PM

rcmodel
November 29, 2008, 02:19 PM
H-4198 or IMR-4198 is too fast burning for best results in the .223 anyway unless you are using very light 40-45 grain bullets.

rcmodel

frank_1947
November 29, 2008, 02:23 PM
55 gr montana gold, accuracy was great, you load H335? I am told I will get more uniform drops the 4198 was varying .6 of gr. or more I am used to being on the money all the time, the shape of 4198 is what the problem is.

rcmodel
November 29, 2008, 02:36 PM
I have used only WW748 since 1970 when I got my first AR-15.

But any ball powder like 748 or H335 will run through a powder measure like water & meter as close as is possible with a powder measure.

rcmodel

frank_1947
November 29, 2008, 03:12 PM
GREAT, that is what I want going to buy some now then going to the range and shoot for a while

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