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.223 bushings for neck sizing

Discussion in 'Handloading and Reloading' started by callgood, Mar 20, 2006.

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  1. callgood

    callgood Member

    Apr 24, 2005
    I ordered a set of Redding dies to reload .223 Rem on a Forster CoAx.


    Comes with a body die and a neck size die. If you neck size .223 Rem, what range of bushings do you use? I'm going with the carbide bushings, about 10 bucks a pop, so I don't want to over buy, but I don't want to get set up and figure out I need another size.

    Redding has a range for .223 Rem which lists .244 to .252. Does this sound like too far out from .244?

    OOPS- carbide dies more like 30-33 bucks apiece.

    Any advice would be welcome!
    Last edited: Mar 21, 2006
  2. ocabj

    ocabj Member

    Jan 22, 2003
    Riverside, CA
    Size a few cases. Seat bullets into those cases. Measure the diameter of the neck with the seated bullet. Subtract .001". That's the size of the bushing Redding says to get.

    Redding has a write up on their website: http://www.redding-reloading.com/techlinepages/bushingselection.htm

    You may want to get a slightly smaller bushing than .001" less if you desire slightly more neck tension (say in a semi-auto).
  3. Clark

    Clark Member

    Jan 3, 2003
    Where I5 meets the rain forest
    I was using .244", but now I am using .245".
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