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Do you change your load data when you change brass?

Discussion in 'Handloading and Reloading' started by dispatch55126, Dec 5, 2009.

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  1. dispatch55126

    dispatch55126 Member

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    I've been using Prvi 5.56x45 with good results. If I switch to .223 brass, would I need to rework my load data? I haven't used a micrometer to measure the case thickness but I would suspect going from a thicker case (5.56) to a thinner case (.223) would drop my pressures requiring me to up my load.
     
  2. Walkalong

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    My .223 loads are worked up with the thought they will be used in the heaviest possible brass so I don't have to worry about using the mixture of brass I do.
     
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    Me too.

    There is little to gain and much to lose by running your loads right up against the ragged edge of the envelop to the point switching cases would cause a problem, or require a max load adjustment.

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    Okay, thanks. I'm nearing the life on my Prvi brass so I'll have to start replacing it. Any thoughts on the Winchester vs. Remington?
     
  5. Walkalong

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    I'd just buy a batch of once fired of whatever was cheapest. LC, Rem, Win, whatever.
     
  6. Afy

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    I use a lot of Lapua, Remington and Privi brass. Typically I do not change loads when I switch a lot. If go to federal from Lapua for example I do see pressure signs. Mainly because the loads I use are not in manuals, I work them up very carefully to get half grain increments switching between grammes and grains using an electronic scale for the rifles. For the pistols I use mixed brass and a lee dipper.
     
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    I recently bought 1000 once fired .223 remington off of gunbroker for $108 shipped, its good stuff!:) I'd go with Remington if you can find it.
     
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    "Do you change your load data when you change brass?"

    Depends on what I'm loading for. If max accuracy, I stick to one maker.

    If for close in hunting and casual target shooting, I don't much care about mixing brass because I'm not going to be loading on the ragged edge of safety anyway and the effective difference in 5/8" groups vs. 1 1/2" groups will be non-existant in the field.
     
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