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Old Yesterday, 09:51 PM   #1
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Lc 5.56 brass vs commercial bass is Lc worth the extra

I just picked up a single shot 223 and am getting stuff rounded up for reloading. I'm looking at brass and there is two ways to go commercial once fired or Lc once fired. Lc cost more had have to remove the crimp. Is it worth the difference. Thanks
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Old Yesterday, 10:10 PM   #2
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Alot of LC might have been fired through LMG's so it might be expanded more than usual and a bit more beat up, but it varies. i know its almost certainly true with the LC 7.62x51.
I would personally go with the commercial, whether it's 5.56 or .223
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Old Yesterday, 10:31 PM   #3
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Yo billy,

LC brass is consistent.
Is the commercial all of the same head stamp? What brand, this gets personnel as some like one brand and dislike another.

End point is how much price difference between the two?

For me, with all the same brand of commercial versus LC brass, the dollar difference is king.

Crimped primers are a one time problem and I have the tools to handle it, not a deal breaker.

But, what is your intended use for your single shot? Extreme accuracy? I would go with the LC. For general shooting and hunting, the cheapest.

Your are going to full length size anyway. Anneal first and go for it, don't care what the brass came from as once shot.

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Old Yesterday, 11:05 PM   #4
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When it was available, the LC virgin brass (unfired, never loaded) from Midway and other sources was great. Priced right. Consistent. Centered flash holes. Less capacity than commercial but no biggie- I never loaded high enough charges to take note.

This link is to Midway: http://www.midwayusa.com/product/231...to-new-unfired
They've been out of stock over 18months.
Natchez has also been out of stock for a similar length of time I believe.

There is another place that has this in stock currently- the only caveat is that they don't guarantee all are from the same year. I no longer have this link as I recently cleaned up my bookmarks and decided my current inventory was enough. Maybe someone reading this can post it for him. Also, ensure your bolt action is stamped for 5.56. I personally wouldn't shoot 5.56 handloads out of a 223 rifle. If you're not loading to the higher end of published ranges it may not exceed the pressure limits of a 223 chamber, but how would you know what that charge is?
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Old Yesterday, 11:20 PM   #5
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IMO I see no reason to pay more to buy LC brass. It is very good brass and I have some I shoot in my AR-15 but I use only commercial brass in my bolt action .223 because the bolt action rifle or a single shot rifle are not hard on brass and commercial brass will fire just fine.

This is especially true if the commercial brass is Federal brass (FC) because Federal is running the Lack City facility and much of the FC brass is made there too.
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