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Source for .223 brass

Discussion in 'Handloading and Reloading' started by Slasher, Oct 14, 2010.

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  1. Slasher

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    I am looking at getting in to reloading .223, I already reload .40. I am looking for a good source to get either new or once-fired .223 brass. Does anyone have any suggestions?

    Thanks
     
  2. esheato

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    the reloading forum? the local police firing range? pick it up off your range? Does it have to be headstamped 223? 5.56 is all over the place.
     
  4. TonyAngel

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    The last time I checked, Natchez Shooter Supply had brand new Lake City with uncrimped primer pockets for around $140 per 1000.

    If you are lazy like me, you can also get once fired fully processed brass from Scharch Manufacturing. The advantage to the once fire brass from these guys is that it is already sized, trimmed, primer pockets swaged and polished. All you literally need to do is chamfer, if you wish, prime, drop powder and seat the bullt.

    With brand new brass, you still need to process it. That is size it and trim it. The trimming part is what I really hate.

    Other than that, take your pick of vendors for processed brass. I just got 1500 pieces from LEOBrass (I believe). It was cheap and shipping was timely, however, I got more than a few with split necks and a bunch of them were hard to size, maybe indicative of their having been shot in a machine gun with a big throat and sloppy head spacing. Still, with the ones that didn't have split necks, I resized them with a Lee full length size die and they all ran well enough.
     
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    ouch ,, Hit Arfcom up for once fired 223/5.56 and unless your in a huge hurry don't pay over $60 a K shipped, theres a lot of once fired going for $50/$55 a K shipped if you look for it
     
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    southern belle for once-fired and LC can be found cheap at Graf's or Natchez.
     
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    I've got lots, for $60 a K shipped, tumbled and sorted. PM me if interested.
     
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    back when it was cheap I bought a case of lake city ammo, and have been reloading my brass ever since. When I started to reload .40 I bought a bunch of winchester white box from walmart and have been reloading the brass ever since. So go buy some ammo and reload the brass
     
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    http://www.scharch.com/

    They are really nice people to deal with. Even during the panic of last year they had brass at fair prices.
     
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    Be careful - 223 & 5.56 are not exactly the same size.
    If your firearm says 223, you'd be best off using only 223 brass.
     
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    Once you run a 5.56 case through a resize die it becomes a .223 case. Some, but not all, milsurp brass has thicker walls. Same can be said for commercial brass.

    Shooting 5.56 milsurp in a .223 chamber is supposedly a no-no. .223 in a 5.56 is good to go. The reason is because of the pressure differences. I've shot NATO 5.56 in my Tikka with no bad results. NATO ammo (with the cross in the circle on the HS) is somewhere in between US milspec 5.56 and SAMMI spec commercial.
     
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    If you have a public range near you 223 brass can usually be found especially when local police hold one of their periodic qualifying sessions. I probably have enough to last me my life but still can't a good looking piece of brass when I see it.

    RJ
     
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