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anyone reloading 223/556?

Discussion in 'Ammunition & Reloading' started by d25, Jan 6, 2013.

  1. d25

    d25 U.S.A. New Member

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    I have a mass amount of brass and would like to get it reloaded
     
  2. Mark W.

    Mark W. Silverton, OR Bronze Supporter Bronze Supporter

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    Then buy a press and get started. I can make some suggestions.
     
  3. Nwcid

    Nwcid Yakima and N of Spokane Well-Known Member

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    Nobody else can legally load it for you unless they are licensed to do so.

    If someone was to figure in their time even with a good progressive press the price would be similar to what you pay retail bulk.

    I aslo suggest getting into reloading yourself.
     
  4. d25

    d25 U.S.A. New Member

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    I really havnt wanted to get involved until recently when prices and supply have gone up and out. I have always saved my brass and so i have a lot. What would it cost roughly?? dye are pretty cheap i know, but there has to be someone that does it in their spare time already
     
  5. Key-Hay

    Key-Hay North Carolina Active Member

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    Have 2 Dillon 550Bs and both have paid for themselves. I have a setup for 223 but have not yet started cranking out 223. Gonna have to do it now.
     
  6. Nwcid

    Nwcid Yakima and N of Spokane Well-Known Member

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    I would assume that they would not be posting on public boards then since it would be illegal for them to load for you. The only legal way is with a license, insurance, time, ect all of which cost lots of money.

    Here is a link I found with the names of some legal reloaders, Commercial Reloaders & Ammo Manufacturers | Handgun Club of America
     
  7. oknow

    oknow amboy wa. Well-Known Member

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    find someone that has a press, you buy the components and use there equipment. that way you can reload your brass and learn at the same time.
    btw don't forget to leave some brass, powder,primer's or bullets as a good will gesture.
     
  8. deadshot2

    deadshot2 NW Quadrant WA State Well-Known Member

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    Not TOTALLY true. One can not reload and sell their product as a business. Nothing stops anyone from reloading for a friend, neighbor, or acquaintance, and getting "reimbursed" for the process. Just can't be a "business" which most will agree is an entity that provides goods or service for a profit.

    There are liability issues with both businesses and casual reloaders. The difference is that a business has insurance in order to comply with local licensing requirements (at least here in WA) and the casual reloader won't.

    I am an advocate of anyone who has a "mass amount of brass" that they want loaded strongly consider getting into reloading. That brass will be empty again and again so why not be able to fill it yourself?
     
  9. PX4WA

    PX4WA Tacoma, WA Active Member

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    Sell the brass and buy more factory loads...

    Components are getting scarce too..

    Primers are climbing up tooand powder is disappearing...
     
  10. Boedy

    Boedy Sublimity, Oregon, United States Active Member

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    As far as I can tell Primers and powder has already disappeared. Unless someone has a line on some H-335 and small rifle primers I dont know about yet. :)
     
  11. PX4WA

    PX4WA Tacoma, WA Active Member

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    Yup... Last month was the time to buy bulk...
     
  12. nwdrifter

    nwdrifter troutdale oregon Active Member

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    If you order components and reload in bulk

    8 pounds of H335 is roughly $150 per 2000 round
    Bullets $90 per 1000 =$180 per 2000
    Primers $20 per 1000 = $40 per 2000

    so $330 per 2000 plus your brass and time, and that's after the machine dies, tumbler, scale, etc etc,

    Reloading is cost effective but only in time or you shoot alot.

    But if you keep your stock up you dont run out or have to pay extra in times like this. Today I pumped out another 1500 to add to the 10+K i have stacked , and have enough components in hand to make another 10K, then i shift back to pistol
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    Oh and just to vent, i hate crimped brass, the last 3k i picked up that were supposed to be not crimped have about 1200 crimped. Add that to the 1000 i got before that what were not supposed to be crimped that showed up crimped i have a little work in front of me tomorrow. Both purchased were off this board and shipped. :(
     
  13. deadshot2

    deadshot2 NW Quadrant WA State Well-Known Member

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    And I just love the fact that there are those who hate crimped brass and just leave it behind. I pick up thousands of pieces of crimped brass every year. Get so much that when I sort out the headstamps I want to keep, the extra I take to the recycler has more than paid for my Dillon Super Swage.

    That tool lets me swage primer pockets so easy that I can go through 500-600 per hour. Free brass is certainly worth the investment of time for me.
     
  14. bballer182

    bballer182 Molalla Active Member

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    I know what you mean, I bought 6k for a little while ago that was supposedly not crimped and every single piece was crimped. :mad: Good thing I didn't have to take care of them. Lol
     
  15. nwdrifter

    nwdrifter troutdale oregon Active Member

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    Oh im with ya if its free, but paying for non crimped and getting crimped i a kick in the balls.
     
  16. Sheldon

    Sheldon California Member

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    Getting the brass prepped is the biggest hassle in reloading rifle cases, with trimming and primer crimp removal being the two biggest. I went all out with the case trimmer and got the Giraud after using a Dillon electric unit for a while and a Redding hand lathe type for a VERY short while. I went all out on the primer crimp removing too with the Dillon swager. I process the cases and then run them thru my Dillon 550 press to drop the powder and seat the bullets.
     
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    deadshot2 NW Quadrant WA State Well-Known Member

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    Ah, actually, given the choice, I'd take the wrong brass as opposed to a kick in the "sack".
     
  18. Kayla Lamb

    Kayla Lamb Willamette Valley Oregon New Member

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    I've had some good luck down here in Eugene. there's a small gun shop that ive been buying primers by the brick, reasonable prices too. I agree with powder shortages though, when you do find some you like, dont hesitate on buying what they have.
     
  19. 2ndtimer

    2ndtimer SE Washington state Active Member

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    Given the scarcity of .223 Rem appropriate powder, I went ahead tonight and pulled the trigger on a pair of 8 lb kegs of Alliant 1200 R powder. I have never seen any of it before, but it is supposed to be similar to Reloder 10 in burn rate and their loading data looks decent for bullets up to 55 gr. Given that I have had acceptable results with a multitude of powders over the years of loading the .223, I thought I would take a chance. (I did a similar gamble a few years ago on some Ramshot TAC that I got for $79.99 per 8 pounder)That worked out well, I should have ordered a couple more kegs of it before it became unavailable. Also missed an opportunity a couple months ago when Midsouth Shooters Supply offered 8 lb kegs of Alliant Varmint Pro for $99.95 each. Since I hadn't tried it, and couldn't find anyone else who had, I passed. Decided I better not snooze on the 1200R while it was still available.
     
  20. deadshot2

    deadshot2 NW Quadrant WA State Well-Known Member

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    Another powder that's relatively new and doesn't have a million "followers" yet is CFE223 from Hodgdon. If you see any of this, and not your old favorite, go for it. It's great powder for both .223 and .308 loads. I'm now using it for all my .223 loads and .308 where I use 168 gr, 175 gr, and 178 gr, bullets with great results. More speed without compressed loads. Same sub .200 groups at 100y as I got with varget with more speed to reach out to the longer ranges.

    Also, after 200 rounds through the .308, almost NO copper trace on the patch when cleaning.

    Since it's new on the market there might be more available due to the unfamiliarity.