.223 ammo

Discussion in 'Ammunition & Reloading' started by cottontop, Dec 30, 2011.

  1. cottontop

    cottontop Guest

    I have ordered a .223, mostly for target shooting and may take out a few crows w/ it. I am planning to reload for it. I have found several sites that offer military surplus .223 ammo for pretty good prices in bulk. My question is how easy or difficult are the primers to remove? Are they crimped in, and if so, how does one remove the crimps and thus punch the primers out?
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  2. Trez

    Trez Well-Known Member

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    They are removed the same way.. They might be a little more difficult to remove.. Just make sure you remove the crimp before you put the new primer in.. (They make a military crimp removal tool or you can swege the primer pocket, there is a tool for that too!)
     

  3. cottontop

    cottontop Guest

    I looked up the crimp removal tool. It looks to me that the primer is punched out first w/ the resizing die and the crimp that is left is removed from the primer pocket outside the case. If that is the case, why can't one use a dremel moto w/ a small flush cutting bit to remove the left over crimp?
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  4. Trez

    Trez Well-Known Member

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    I suppose you could, but if you remove too much material, your primers wont fit tight.. The tool shouldnt cost much, I think I spent $10.00 for my Lyman one... It makes it quick and easy..
     
  5. cottontop

    cottontop Guest

    crimp removal tool



    Trez,
    I think you are right. I never thought of that.
    cottontop