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Reload for your AR .223?

Discussion in 'Rifle Country' started by deerhunter61, May 21, 2013.

  1. deerhunter61

    deerhunter61 Active Member

    Jul 12, 2008
    In the Dallas Ft Worth area
    I'm curious how many of you reload for your ARs? Do you reload just to go to the range and practice? Home defense? Hunting? Am I missing anything? How cost effective is it? How much time does it require?

    I reload for a bolt action .223 I hunt with but I've never reloaded for my ARs. Always figured between cost of brass, powder, primers and bullets and especially the time it takes only to shoot'em up so fast it didn't make sense.
  2. taliv

    taliv Moderator

    Oct 23, 2004
    its the only way to train cost effectively
  3. HOOfan_1

    HOOfan_1 Senior Member

    Aug 11, 2010
    Yes I reload...I find it to be cheaper....

    Pickup your brass...or reuse it. I can get at least 4-6 loadings out of most of my brass.

    Before the panic, you could find 2000 55gr. FMJ bullets for $170 $0.085 per round
    Primers $32 for 1000 (cheaper for stuff like Wolf and Tula) $0.032 per round
    Powder for $158 for 8 lb $0.07 per round
    Range pickup brass is free...or once fired brass for $0.10-$0.12 a piece Natchez even shows brand new LC brass for $0.14 a piece. Stretch that out to 4 times loaded and you get about $0.04-$0.05 per round.

    You can reload nice clean brass case plinking rounds for $0.18-$0.22

    You'd be hard pressed to find cheapo steel cased stuff for that
    Last edited: May 21, 2013
  4. flipajig

    flipajig Active Member

    Mar 12, 2009
    Gods coununtry. IDAHO.
    I just started reloading for my AR I'm intending to use it for Cyote hunting next year reloading I'm able to talor a load for my rifle.
  5. Dentite

    Dentite Active Member

    Sep 6, 2009
    I do reload for my AR. I use the rifle for hunting (predator, varmint) so I'm loading 55gr Vmax.

    I don't go out and blast through 200 rounds at a time with my AR so I make target and hunting ammo for it. I do have some cheap commerical ammo if I feel like blasting a mag or someone else wants to.

    Like you I also have a .223 bolt action and reloaded for that before I got an AR. The bolt action is a little more fun to reload for in that I have a 3-9 scope with fine duplex reticle and can make tiny groups at 100 yards. Also I can seat the bullet out closer to the lands due to the longer magazine. Nice to not have to chase the brass as well.

    My AR has a 1.5-4 scope and the reticle is slightly thicker so it's a bit harder to shoot a tiny group but so far I've still been able to get slightly sub MOA with it. When shooting from a bench I have a ghetto rig system to collect my brass so I'm not chasing it.
  6. Tim the student

    Tim the student Senior Member

    Feb 1, 2009
    Yep, I reload for my ARs. Cheaper, and very high quality ammo - even my plinking stuff shoots very well.
  7. Pete D.

    Pete D. Senior Member

    Sep 13, 2010

    I reload every CF cartridge that I shoot. Most of that is for my AR. The .223s are all target ammo.....75 or 77 grain HPBTs and Reloader 15. Buying them, even if I could, would be prohibitive.
  8. itsa pain

    itsa pain member

    Feb 3, 2013
    anybody loads for a semi auto AR has to have a lot of time and patience on their hands and if your time is worth nothing have at it. Load 200 rds: 3 hours shoot 200 rds 10 minutes. I shoot Russian steel case in the AR and load for bolt actions
  9. cfullgraf

    cfullgraf Mentor

    Oct 19, 2010
    East TN
    I also reload every centerfire cartridge that I have a gun for except 32 S&W (I think or maybe 38S&W).

    I loade hunting and blasting ammunition for my ARs. But I enjoy reloading.

    I do not to worry about finding ammunition I like to shoot, but I started planning for 2013 back in 2010. No rocket scientist needed.
  10. Robert101

    Robert101 Active Member

    May 10, 2010
    Yep, me too. I have reloading dies for every cartridge I shoot and own.
  11. Beentown

    Beentown Member

    Jan 20, 2011
    I do now...
  12. waffentomas

    waffentomas Member

    Feb 3, 2003
    Blue State
    It's still cheaper to reload.

    Prices of everything are up.

    I load a lot of blasting ammo for my Colt 6920 SOCOM (and AR10, M1A, Ak-47), but also varmint/target rounds as well. It's a hobby that I enjoy. I still use a single stage press, albeit two of them side by side which, at times, speeds up the process markedly.

    For the blasters, since I'm not overly interested in precision, I still use the Lee dippers...amazing how fast you can load with these if you know what you are doing.

    Last week I loaded up 1500 rounds of .223, and shot 1000 of them already. I'm stocked on ammo and components, and have sources for all of them. Guys at work who are 'hoarding' ammo 3-5 boxes at a time just stared at me when I said that I'd fired 1000 rounds in one range session (what a fun day that was), in total disbelief. They are afraid to shoot because of shortages and cost. Not me.

    The ranges are as empty as ever lately, so I have the places to myself...even my secret 500 yard outdoor range in the boonies.

    Stop buying ammo!

    Take that money and buy reloading stuff instead.

    Think long term.
  13. armoredman

    armoredman Elder

    Nov 19, 2003
    proud to be in AZ
  14. Skylerbone

    Skylerbone Senior Member

    Feb 5, 2010
    I load every round for my AR as well. Precision hunting rounds for varmint and SD rounds that double as plinking ammo. I started with about 400 rounds of factory loaded ammo which provided me with some brass, then scrounged five or six thousand more pieces that I loaded then stored in ammo boxes. As I buy magazines and verify function, I load them and transfer them to other ammo boxes for long term storage.

    I also load for a break-action single-shot using new, then fire-formed brass kept in reloading boxes. My recommendation would be separate die sets and distinct labeling to avoid potential problems and reduce set-up time. Financially, reloading tends to be a wash though volume is definitely higher for your dollar.
  15. jpwilly

    jpwilly Senior Member

    Aug 10, 2007
    Phoenix AZ
    Yes because speciatly ammo, hunting ammo and match ammo is all overpriced. I can make it all for 50% or less with better results. On the other hand back when surplus ammo was 10 cents a round I shot a lot of that but those days are long gone.
  16. ZGunner

    ZGunner Active Member

    Feb 2, 2012
    South GA
    I do reload for my AR. But I hate it. I put so much work into loading them on a single stage just to burn through them with my happy trigger finger.

    Gives me a good excuse to buy a bolt action .223. :D
  17. holdencm9

    holdencm9 Participating Member

    Oct 25, 2011
    Yes I have begun loading for the AR. Nothing fancy yet, just FMJ for plinking. Even with buying non-bulk at retail stores (not on sale oranything) I am coming in at about $25 per 100, for quality brass-cased ammo. Which I think is pretty good. I am pretty sure the days of $30 per 100-count box may be gone forever.

    Once things return to normal, and I can buy all my components in bulk, I should be able to get that down under $20 per 100.

    I do it mostly for fun, I Think when you get into the target/hunting rounds, reloading can garner much greater savings.
  18. jmorris

    jmorris Mentor

    Sep 30, 2005
  19. denton

    denton Active Member

    Feb 22, 2011
    You can buy ammunition already put together??? Why wasn't I told???

    On a Lee Turret press, I can crank out 100 rounds in about 40 minutes. The press sells for about $35 more than my single stage.

    If you anneal your brass about every 5-6 times around, you can get several dozen reloadings out of it. Mix in some 10 year old bullets bought for $.05 each, and its a pretty cheap way to go. And better than commercial ammo, too.
  20. loose noose

    loose noose Senior Member

    Feb 22, 2012
    Southern Nevada
    I definitely reload for my AR-15's and my mini-14, as well as my Bolt action .223. I also reload for my TC Contender in .223. Fortunately I have ample reloading supplies and can continue to shoot pretty much to my hearts content.

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