How Many .223 Cases Is This?

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  1. peeplwtchr

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    Hi All-

    Anyone else ever had a 35lb. cat litter container of .223? If so, how many do you think are in here?

    Thanks!
     

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  2. entropy

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    I got one half full once, and it was about 1000 but there was some .45 ACP, about 200 of them, mixed in.
     
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    2800
     
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    Oh, by the way, this isn't a secret guessing contest.
     
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  5. BBarn

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    I typically figure 13.1lbs. per 1K for unprimed and 13.5lbs. per 1K for primed, plus you have the weight of the bucket. It also varies a bit depending on headstamp.

    To get a better estimate, weigh 10 on a powder scale and go from there.
     
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  6. kerreckt

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    2500-2600 - 223/5.56 cases, weigh 35lbs, close as I can figure. I figure 72.8pcs./lb. These are used cases with primer intact.
     
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    I would guess 4,235 in the container.
     
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    If you would like to know how many rounds of brass you have lying around, as I did, you can use the information below. If anyone wants to count them out to see how close my calculations are let me know what you find out.

    9mm, 59.46gr/ea, 117.7cases/#, 8.5#/1000

    38spl, 68.06gr/ea, 102.8cases/#, 9.7#/1000

    40s&w, 70.1gr/ea, 99.9cases/#, 10#/1000

    .357mag, 78.3gr/ea, 89.4cases/#, 11.2#/1000

    .45acp, 89.58gr/ea, 78.1cases/#, 12.8#/1000

    .223, 95.28gr/ea , 73.5cases/#, 13.6#/1000

    .44mag, 114.38gr/ea, 61.2cases/#, 16.3#/1000

    50bmg, 865.26gr/ea, 8.1cases/#, 123.5#/1000

    All weights are uncleaned fired cases with the primer remaining.

    Individual case weights were derived using an average of mixed brass weights (except 50bmg)

    So, if you picked up 8#s of 45 brass: 8# X 78.1cases/# = 625 cases+/-

    If you use 1gal ziploc freezer bags to store your brass, each (full) bag contains:

    9mm, 15.6#, 1836cases
    40s&w, 12.2#, 1219cases
    45acp, 11.4#, 890cases
    223, 11#, 809cases

    CASES per POUND:

    .380: 145
    .357 Sig: 96
    .45 GAP: 86
    .32: 168
    10mm: 96
    FN 5.7: 124
    .25 acp: 260
    .30 Luger: 120
    .38 S&W: 120
    .38 Super: 104
    9mm MAK: 124
    .45 Colt: 60
    .30-M1: 100
    .308: 40
    .30-06: 35
    7.62x39: 54
    .50 AE: 48
    .30-30: 52
     
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  9. GBExpat

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    A whole bunch. :)

    Just thinking about trimming/chamfering/deburring that big a pile makes my hands hurt.
     
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    That's exactly what I was thinking. Though, it would be nice to come across that many casings.
     
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    I could fill up a couple of those.
     
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  12. Arkansas Paul

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    I have a few of those filled with 12 gauge hulls.
    Don't have a bucket full of .223 brass though.
     
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    If it's about the same size as a 5 gal bucket its around 3k or a little more.
    Years ago, a friend and I got two! 55gal barrels full of once fired range brass. We spent almost 3 weeks of evenings sorting and cleaning it. We sold everything we didn't want and deprimed and sized everything we kept for ourselves. I still have plenty.
     
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    It depends on whether or not the outside necks of the cases have been cleaned of all powder fouling residue.
     
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  17. GBExpat

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    A couple of years back I processed ~2000 5.56 cases that I acquired when I lived in VaBeach in the '70s (an untouched since then).

    I used a WCT (HMR World's Cheapest Trimmer ... mounted on a drill motor attached to my bench vise) and the following day (IIRC), for c&d, two stations on my Hornady Case Prep Trio. WHEW! Was I happy when THAT project was complete!

    It was several days before my hands felt normal again.

    And it all started after I had manually deprimed those cases on my old RCBS JR3.

    That said, both of those two new accessories (trimmer & case prep trio) are dandy tools to have. :)

    EDIT: OOPS! I forget one important stage in this hand-abuse saga ... I needed to chamfer the annulus on about 1700 of those cases as they were single-use military with crimped primers pockets. I can recall standing at the bench with the Case Prep Trio mounted, just listening to the music while I did 2 cases at a time and zoned out. Zombie Time. ;)
     
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  18. peeplwtchr

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    That's why I have put off loading these cases. When I saw this, it was like Christmas.

    I think I can now justify Swaging by hand.
     
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  19. hardheart

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    Done a few hundred with mine so far. Great that I don't have to use the chamfer/debur tool, but still makes my hands sore. If any range brass won't cut, check for chips in the hole. It might not be too short, could be that the junk isn't letting it seat fully. Had that happen a couple of times, but holding it tipped up pretty much prevents it. So convenient not having to line up a length gauge or lock in the rim before cutting. Have that trimmer on one drill and a pocket reamer on another.
     
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    Hahaha ... same reason that my box of cases went untouched for ~20 years. ;)
     
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  21. Laggy

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    2800?

    Weigh yourself on a scale with and without the cat litter bucket. Multiply the difference in lbs by 73. Subtract 150. That’s how many you have.
     
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    I assume the litter box with litter weighs 35 pounds. My old cat litter boxes are marked the same. How much does your box full of brass weigh?
     
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    Different densities
     
  24. peeplwtchr

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    Wow! 42.1 lbs including the bucket. Based on the weight stats. in the first table, I should have around 3096, minus the bucket. Not shabby, but I did pay for most of it the first time. Glad I eventually started keeping it.
     

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  25. Hillbillyz

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    Jmorris I stand in awe. That is some serious figuring you did.
     
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