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Thoughts on FC .223 brass.

Discussion in 'Handloading and Reloading' started by kainronin, Dec 31, 2011.

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  1. kainronin

    kainronin Member

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    I am still fairly new to rifle reloading. I am liking WCC brass for my .223 reloads. They are firing just fine with no problems. I have a bunch of free FC brass that I am weary of reloading. I have heard of many problems with this sort of brass. Should I even waste my time with it?
     
  2. ArchAngelCD

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    I have used and still use FC (Federal) brass and have had no problems with it. some of the FC brass will have crimped primer pockets but once that's addressed they load up just fine. some of my best groups in a 223 bolt action rifle have come while using FC brass in the reloads.
     
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    I seperate by headstamp and also have a bunch of FC cases that are in the rotation cant tell the difference once the crimp is gone.
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  4. kainronin

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    I have resized,deprimed,trimmed,sonic cleaned, and polished all of it. I am just wondering if I should sell it, or possibly reload it. I heard its not too strong of a case for good loads.
     
  5. Eazmo

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    I would not load them!!!!!!!! terrible things may become you

    I am a card carrying member of the Brass Police.
    send them to me for proper disposal.
    It's the only safe option for you:D
     
  6. beatledog7

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    I heard Elvis has just been spotted having a beer with Paul McCartney's ghost...

    Load some, shoot it, decide.
     
  7. jmstevens2

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    Start low and work up. See what you think.
     
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    I load them and they shoot just fine. I've got nearly 1k so I separate them for long distances.
     
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    I love 'em, cuz I don't have to trim once-fired.
    They caliper to 1.750
     
  10. oldreloader

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    I can't find a reason not to load FC brass.
     
  11. kainronin

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    Thanks for the info guys. I will go ahead and reload them.
     
  12. mtrmn

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    Just pay close attention to the amount of effort it takes to prime the FC cases. I threw away a lot of it because the primer pockets were too large. It was once-fired brass that had not been reloaded before. If it takes little or no effort to prime a case, pull that case and don't use it.

    I started getting primers "blown" out of FC brass in my ARs and thought for some reason my loads were too hot until I noticed a couple of rounds that the primer had backed out of during handling. I tapped them on my bench and the primers fell out! I had to disassemble my trigger group twice to get primers out of the way of the trigger.
     
  13. Jeff H

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    Exactly the opposite exp here. I usually scrap the nickle FC brass because I have had several squished or high primers because of the need for excessive force in seating primers. That was after the crimp was removed. YMMV.

    I don't have any issues with brass FC cartridges.
     
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    I don't mean to be chastizing or rude but, it doesn't matter what brand the brass is. If it shows ANY signs of a problem I don't reload it. That's why we inspect our brass at every step we can.
     
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    When loading Federal brass, the problem was that the primer pockets got loose, and I believe they got more shallow on firing. Use a primer that is larger in diameter, and make sure it is seated at least slightly below flush.

    You will have to join the forum, but there is an excellent discussion regarding older FC brass here:
    http://www.usrifleteams.com/forums/index.php?showtopic=6071
    The only chart of primer dimensions I've ever seen is here:
    http://radomski.us/njhp/
     
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    Here's the most important part of the link that atblis had;

    That pretty much says it all. I don't buy federal factory, or pick it up if I see it on the ground.
     
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    There you have it, I was having my problem about '07-'08. Thanks for that info Nujudge and Snuffy.

    Loose primers rattling around the interior of an AR are a major PITA.:mad:
     
  19. R.W.Dale

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    I like FC .223 brass

    Mostly because its FREE and short.

    IME primer pockets do loosen up slightly but that's OK because about then its time to trim and I just discard the stuff at that point being as lazy as I am.

    Free one range stand no strings attached brass that I could care less to lose in the weeds. What's not to like?

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