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Old 06-22-2012, 03:26 PM   #1
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I am attempting to replicate 5.56 milspec reloads. I do use U.S. 5.56 (not .223) brass and would like to turn out a cartridge which essentially gived a 62 gr. bullet 3100fps with roughly the same powder burn rate of milspec manufactured ammunition. Can anyone direct to me a reliable reloading table?

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OLD SARGE,
It would be easy for me to write a small book on the subject of loading the .223/5.56 NATO. It would get quite involved and would take too much time here.

I would suggest that you Google "5.56 Loads", it will take you to volumes of information.


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CARTRIDGE, 5.56MM, BALL, M855
Type Classification:
STD - MSR 05826003.
Use:
Machine Gun, 5.56mm, M249E1; and Rifle, 5.56mm,
M16A2. The cartridge is intended for use against
personnel and unarmored targets.
Description:
BALL Cartridge. The cartridge is identified by a green
bullet tip.
Tabulated Data:
DODAC...............................1305-A059
UNO serial number .............0012
UNO proper shipping
name...................................Cartridges for
weapons, inert projectile
Weight ................................190 gr
Length.................................2.26 in. (57.4 mm)
Tracer .................................NA
Primer.................................Percussion
Fuze ...................................NA
Explosive:
Type ................................NA
Weight .............................NA
Incendiary:
Type ...............................NA
Weight .............................NA
Propellant:
Type ...............................WC 844
Weight ............................26.1 gr
Projectile:
Weight .............................62 gr
Performance:
Chamber pressure ..............55,000 psi
Velocity ..............................3025 fps, 78 ft from
muzzle
Shipping and Storage Data:
Quantity-distance class/
SCG.................................1.4S
Storage code ......................Class V
DOT shipping class .............C
DOT designation .................SMALL ARMS
AMMUNITION
Drawing number .................9342862
References:
DARCOM 700-3-2
TM 9-1300-206
TM 9-1305-201-20&P
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I am attempting to replicate 5.56 milspec reloads. I do use U.S. 5.56 (not .223) brass and would like to turn out a cartridge which essentially gived a 62 gr. bullet 3100fps with roughly the same powder burn rate of milspec manufactured ammunition. Can anyone direct to me a reliable reloading table?

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Western Powders (Ramshot and Accurate) have data for 5.56 loads along with the generic 223 Rem loads. You can find it here under "62,350psi Semi-Auto Weapons rated for NATO Ammo".

http://www.ramshot.com/wp-content/uploads/2010/09/ramshot_handgun_rifle.pdf

http://www.accuratepowder.com/wp-content/uploads/2011/01/accurate_load_data_3.5.pdf


Note their pressure tested data will get you your 3100fps and then some.
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CARTRIDGE, 5.56MM, BALL, M855
Type Classification:
STD - MSR 05826003.
Use:
Machine Gun, 5.56mm, M249E1; and Rifle, 5.56mm,
M16A2. The cartridge is intended for use against
personnel and unarmored targets.
Description:
BALL Cartridge. The cartridge is identified by a green
bullet tip.
Tabulated Data:
DODAC...............................1305-A059
UNO serial number .............0012
UNO proper shipping
name...................................Cartridges for
weapons, inert projectile
Weight ................................190 gr
Length.................................2.26 in. (57.4 mm)
Tracer .................................NA
Primer.................................Percussion
Fuze ...................................NA
Explosive:
Type ................................NA
Weight .............................NA
Incendiary:
Type ...............................NA
Weight .............................NA
Propellant:
Type ...............................WC 844
Weight ............................26.1 gr
Projectile:
Weight .............................62 gr
Performance:
Chamber pressure ..............55,000 psi
Velocity ..............................3025 fps, 78 ft from
muzzle
Shipping and Storage Data:
Quantity-distance class/
SCG.................................1.4S
Storage code ......................Class V
DOT shipping class .............C
DOT designation .................SMALL ARMS
AMMUNITION
Drawing number .................9342862
References:
DARCOM 700-3-2
TM 9-1300-206
TM 9-1305-201-20&P
10-19
Great post and info. Should save him a lot of time.

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Hodgdon H335. (work up to 26.0 grains carefully)

Remington 7 1/2 primers. ( these are MilSpec)

Remington or Winchester 55 gr FMJBT (M193 ball)

Milspec cases.

Sorry, don't use 62 grain M855, so don't have data for it.



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