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Do you reload for a FAL?

Discussion in 'Handloading and Reloading' started by callgood, Apr 10, 2006.

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  1. callgood

    callgood Member

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    I have a new one and am shooting South African at this point. I am about to start loading .223 Reminton for an AR and was thinking about adding .308 at some point. However, one thing I notice is that the FAL beats/chews the brass up much worse than a Bushmaster. I'm wondering if it is as economical (number of reloads per case) as I hope reloading for the AR to be. Sure wouldn't try to run Lapua through it!:what:
     
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    My FALs really aren't too rough on the brass. Maybe if you backed off on the gas setting a little it wouldn't tear it up too badly?
     
  3. HSMITH

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    My FAL's aren't hard on brass either unless I have the gas valve open too far.

    Adjust your gas valve to throw the cases a maximum of 10 feet.
     
  4. dave5339

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    I just finished rolling up 500 rounds of 308 for my FAL this weekend.

    As I am using Hirtenberger surplus brass I stayed to the low end of the listed specifications for the powders I was using, (H335 and Accurate Data 68, aka Accurate 2015).

    I'm anxious to see how it shoots but as I am recovering from rotator cuff surgery it's going to have to wait a while. In fact am guessing my wife will take it to the range before I get the chance...

    Semper Fi
     
  5. callgood

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    I have an early box of cases from my first shoot. Since then I put in a recoil buffer from Buffer Technologies. When I added it the bolt wouldn't retract after the last shot, so I adjusted the gas down a click or two. The cases I am looking at are in better condition than the ones I shot with the buffer in. I'll probably take out the buffer and return the gas setting to its original position. The main "damage" to the early cases was a ding on the rim of the head and some of the mouths were bent in. Easily fixed. Now if I could just reload all those berdan primed surplus rounds......

    Thanks for the clue!
     
  6. Mikee Loxxer

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    I will be loading some 165 grain bullets over BLC (2) for my FAL tonight. The bullets are match grade and have no cannelure. Should I worry about the bullets being pushed back into the case when the bolt and bolt carrier strip them off of the magazine and chamber them? I am worried about overpressure.
     
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