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dustinoif3 07-03-2012 08:43 PM

Brass ejection
I made up some .223's the other day. Used 26gr of cfe 223 with a 55gr fmj/bt. Shot them and everything functioned well but the damn brass was ejecting out at 1 o'clock. At first I was thinking it hit something but then I saw one through my optic so I then went to the old hip fire and sure as hell all of them followed. I then proceeded to throw some wolf steel case in and it extracted at 3 to 4. Does anyone know why my loads are doing that? To light of charge?

ktmboyz 07-03-2012 09:07 PM

Sounds like a light charge to me. You are at the start charge for that powder/ bullet From what I found its 26-27.8.

I would prob load some up to 26.5 , 26.8 and 27. maybe a hlf dozen of each and head back out for a test run.

Thats one main reason I invested in a chronograph, I always test my loads to see exactly where im at. That way there is no guessing involved.

dustinoif3 07-03-2012 10:17 PM

Okay. I'll do that. Also I forgot to mention the rifle is an AR. I just figured since the cfe had only 1.8 grains different from start to max I wouldnt have issues at start grain. Still a little new to rifle rounds though.

ktmboyz 07-03-2012 10:55 PM

You did exactly are you should. Always err on the side of caution when reloading I wouldn't say you really had issues, it did eject and cycle the rifle ok. It didn't really slam the bolt back and spit the spent cases to the rear but you didn't have any failures or squibs so I would count it as a positive. Prob a good load to have if you wanted to take out a new shooter or you wife/ gf or child to introduce them to the platform.

All in all yer on the right track and did everything right IMO

dustinoif3 07-03-2012 11:03 PM

I really appreciate your input!! I wish I would of started reloading years ago. It's very rewarding!

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