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LC 223 brass capacity

Discussion in 'Handloading and Reloading' started by ole farmerbuck, Dec 8, 2009.

  1. ole farmerbuck

    ole farmerbuck Well-Known Member

    Do all years of LC brass have the same powder capacity? I'd sure hate to sort by dates. It might not make any difference but i just thought i'd ask. I know the FC brass i use holds less that the RP but it doesnt seem to make any difference while p-dog hunting. I neck size and can use the same cases in the Stevens and the Savage and it doesnt seem to bother accuracy mixing cases loading all with the same amount of powder.
  2. Walkalong

    Walkalong Moderator

    Prairie dog hunting? I would sort them by weight.

    Plinking. Not a big deal.

    I sorted a big batch (2000)(well, big for me) of LC brass by date. I stashed dates I had a bunch of, and the rest are getting used for plinking ammo, along with some odd and ends of commercial cases.
  3. alsaqr

    alsaqr Well-Known Member

    I use a lot of LC and other military brass in .223. It is sorted by headstamp and case weight for my accuracy loads.
  4. ForneyRider

    ForneyRider Well-Known Member

    No, LC brass has different capacities.
  5. 45ACPUSER

    45ACPUSER Well-Known Member

    Here is a reference http://www.6mmbr.com/223Rem.html.

    One has to remeber that the best way to achieve accuracy is minimize variables. And, to me that means brass is of the same headstamp year. And, if I was really picky.....I would just skip to Lapua and never look back. While expensive.......it is the best.
    I would not waste my time weighing cases. Good case prep with headstamp sorted brass is going be pretty darn good.
  6. ole farmerbuck

    ole farmerbuck Well-Known Member

    Thanks for the replies. Some different views on sorting cases I see.
    Last edited: Dec 9, 2009
  7. ole farmerbuck

    ole farmerbuck Well-Known Member

    I bought Laupa .223 brass and for some reason the case weights arent as consistant as my old used wore out RP's. Kind of dissapointed.
  8. bracer

    bracer Well-Known Member

    There are differences in production runs even within years. If you are trying to make the most accurate ammo you can then seperate the cases by years. Prep the cases with the last step being seperating the cases by weight. Years ago I worked for a person who had worked in a ammo factory and he told me how hard it was to maintain a constant case production. I see no point in handloading to make inaccurate ammo. When I miss I wont to know that its me ,not the ammo, firearm,or sights. Why make ammo that jest goes bang ??
  9. dboyles

    dboyles Member

    I picked up some once-fired LC, which is all 07 and 08 headstamps. I measured the capacity of ten each, getting a negligible difference, so I threw them all into one pile and sorted by weight. Was my sample size too small?
  10. ole farmerbuck

    ole farmerbuck Well-Known Member

    My old rp brass spread was .9 grains. The Lapua was 1.3. For what i paid for the lapua, i thought it should have been better
  11. ForneyRider

    ForneyRider Well-Known Member

    Looking on some of the benchshooting sites. They buy like 500, separate groups by weight, and sell the groups and/or shoot them in groups.

    If you buy 100, separate them in smaller groups and shoot the groups together.

    Group buys work well here.
  12. Walkalong

    Walkalong Moderator

    I reached in and grabbed 9 RP & LC (& 1 GFL) cases out of the range brass bucket.

    LC 68 = 93.7 Grs

    LC 98 = 91.6 Grs

    LC 08 = 91.6 Grs

    LC 09 = 92.1 Grs

    LC 09 = 93.1 Grs

    RP = 91.5 Grs

    RP = 91.6 Grs

    RP = 91.7 Grs

    GFL = 105.6 Grs
  13. FROGO207

    FROGO207 Well-Known Member

    I would think that it depends on the amount of accuracy you desire. When I reload I do not weigh my cases but do separate by brand. Then work up a load for each group. I find the rifle is more accurate than I can hold it when hunting so it is your call on what your minimum accuracy vs time spent per round invested will be. I am happy with my results so far.:D
  14. ole farmerbuck

    ole farmerbuck Well-Known Member

    Thats about what i do Frog. Separate by brand or in some cases, if the case capacity is the same, i have mixed them with good results.

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