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.223 Brass, How Short Is To Short?

Discussion in 'Handloading and Reloading' started by G11354, Jul 16, 2013.

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  1. G11354

    G11354 Member

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    Was going through some once fired brass I ordered and noticed that 2 shells measured in at just over 1.73". I am referring to case length.

    Couldn't find any relevant info in my reloading manuals, are these shells safe to reload?
     
  2. higgite

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    Not that individual reloaders are bound by SAAMI specs, but the minimum SAAMI case length is 1.730". IMHO, if it's good enough for commercial ammo, you're good to go. If your post refers to once fired brass before resizing, measure it again if you resize it, to make sure it isn't too long. Fired brass generally gets longer when resized.

    Here's the SSAMI spec for .223 Rem.
    http://www.saami.org/pubresources/cc_drawings/Rifle/223 Remington.pdf
     
  3. Walkalong

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    They will be fine for plinking, and as posted, will lengthen. Load em up.
     
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