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Trimming .223 brass

Discussion in 'Handloading and Reloading' started by RM, Dec 17, 2009.

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  1. RM

    RM Member

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    Getting my Possum Hollow Trimmer set up. Just to confirm what I've been reading on this Forum about trimming .223 brass:
    1.760" is the maximum length
    1.740" is the minimum length
    Trim the longer brass to 1.750"

    Does all that sound correct?
    What do I do with any brass shorter than 1.740" in length? Does that go in the scrap brass pile? Thank you.
     
  2. rcmodel

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    Shorter will not hurt a thing if you are not crimping in a conventional seating/crimping die.

    In that case, it is far more importent they are all exactly the same length, whatever that is.
    And they are all less then 1.760" Max length.

    rc
     
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    I find that 1.745 trims or at least kisses the neck on 98% of all brass 223 I've trimmed. 1.750 misses about 6% more (including partial trims for mouths that aren't square)
     
  4. mongoose33

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    I'm trimming to 1.74 w/ the Possum Hollow trimmer because I'm using the RCBS X-Die.

    After firing and resizing, I even found a few that had dropped in length to 1.735.

    I called RCBS to inquire; they said it was normal as some brass is more or less likely to spring back, and to just shoot 'em.

    RC's observation has proven correct in my case; I just shoot 'em and they work fine.
     
  5. RM

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    After trimming with the Possum Hollow Trimmer, the rounds are about 1.750", plus or minus about .006 inch. I assume the cartridge lengths differ some, because the trimmer headspaces on the shoulder rather than the OAL of the cartridge?
     
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    Did you size the brass before you trimmed it? That is the only way to fly; size, then trim. This makes all your brass effectively the same size from head to shoulder. If you have a .006" variation in case length after trimming, something is wrong. Either your technique needs work, or something else is badly wrong.
     
  7. RM

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    Thank you. Brass is already sized, so I will recheck my trimming process.
     
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