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Wouva1 10-28-2013 07:38 AM

Short brass
Had the day off today from work and decided I'll go to the range for a shoot since I had nothing else better to do...After firing all my reloads I noticed the bloke beside me throwing away his fired .223 rounds and asked if I could have them,he said sure no probs..they were American eagles...anyway I gets home and clean a few in the tumbler and then prepare my rifle dies for FLR,I resized a few and then measured the cases with the verniers and to my surprise they all measured 1.740,this is 0.020 below Sammi spec which is 1.760,although I trim all my brass to a uniformed length of 1.750 I would like to no if these rounds are safe to load being so short and all.....any feedback would be aprreciate....cheers

jebsca 10-28-2013 11:02 AM

What kind of crimp are you going to use? Without adjusting a roll crimp, you could come up with a very light crimp. I have not loaded cases that much shorter than my trim to length, but almost. I would try a small batch, and see how they do. The good news is, if you load them, they should get closer for the next reloading.

robocop10mm 10-28-2013 12:30 PM

They are 1.74 BEFORE sizing? Perfectly normal. FLR and check back in with us

mseric 10-28-2013 12:39 PM

Federal brass is know to be short. Just size em, load em and shoot em.

BTW, SAAMI specs for case length is 1.760 - 0.030. The 1.750 you speak of is "trim to length" not SAAMI Minimum.

JonM 10-28-2013 12:56 PM

I don't crimp bottleneck rifle brass. I'm unfortunately not running any belt feds so its not really needed.

They will stretch to length in a few firings. They are within spec just on the shorter side of it.

Wouva1 10-28-2013 07:26 PM

Thanks everyone at least I no now I'm safe....I went down stairs and measured after FLR and they didn't stretch by much at all,only .3 which bought them out to 1.743 45 46 and so on.....if you guys say that it is safe then I'll take your word for least now I don't have to trim to a uniformed length for a while......cheers:)

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