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Midway Dogtown Bullets .223 HP, Crimp for AR?

Discussion in 'Handloading and Reloading' started by LivewireBlanco, Jan 13, 2013.

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  1. LivewireBlanco

    LivewireBlanco Member

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    Jumped on some of these while they were still in stock. I usually use Hornady fmj 55gr but I don't know when those will be back in stock. My question is that they don't have a cannelure but I like to crimp for my AR. would light crimp be ok?
     
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    I would like to know also
     
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    light taper crimp will be fine, but it isn't necessary.
     
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    You can a little bit if you do, back it off from what you do with a cannelure. You want no more than to just kiss the crimp ring in the die - without a cannelure the crimp has nowhere to go, you don't want to ruin accuracy by compressing a divot into the bullet. I've done a very light crimp like this since I started loading for my AR - it probably doesn't even do much but make me feel better and doesn't seem to hurt my accuracy.
     
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    After you fire one round and let another feed under full force remove the round and see if the OAL has changed. If it's shorter you will know that a crimp is necessary. You can get a crimp die that will crimp the whole top area of the neck and not just the taper at the edge.
     
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    I use 'Dogtown' bullets and like them a lot.

    I don't crimp and wouldn't crimp. But as you want to, I would advise that very, very little crimp be attempted. Also, be precise with the case length. Other wise you stand a great chance of setting back the shoulder. It is very hard to see but makes chambering hard to impossible.

    C&H Tool used to make a tool to role a cannalure cut into bullets. You could check them. I've got one, haven't used it in 40 years or more. I just don't crimp rifle rounds and use a taper crimp on .40s and .45s just for consistency.
     
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    I don't use any crimp for my .223 Remington ... never had a problem with them ... if you have the proper neck tension there is no need to crimp....
     
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    While I have a Lee Factory Crimp die, I've never found it necessary for my .223 AR. I have also used the Dogtown bullets, and look for them on sale. Like the other guys noted above, a good taper crimp seems to work well enough for the shooting I do.
     
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    Yes you would be able to crimp with out cannlure.
     
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    Right.

    Also, I do not crimp my Garand ammunition nor my M1A ammunition.
     
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