.223

Discussion in 'Ammunition & Reloading' started by freeman82, Feb 27, 2013.

  1. freeman82

    freeman82 New Member

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    My question is if I have 5.56 casings can I reload them to shoot in a .223 if I put the .223 load data in. I know you can't shoot factory 5.56 out of a .223 but had no clue about the reloading of them??
     
  2. elfmdl

    elfmdl New Member

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    I would say so, just do not get your ammo confused with the head stamps.
     

  3. TexasGunner

    TexasGunner New Member

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    As far as I know you can. I have not been reloading for very long but I have been loading Hornady .224 60 gr. V-Max's in once fired Lake City Brass with no issues. The Lake City brass is 5.56 military casings. They shoot great out of my battle stick, so I don't think you will have any problems so long as you are using .223 load data. :)
     
  4. freeman82

    freeman82 New Member

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    Ok that's what I was thinking but I wanted to make sure. Thanks for the quick reply guys.
     
  5. mymaro

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    Texasgunner what do you do for priming? Do you have to swage the casing?
     
  6. TexasGunner

    TexasGunner New Member

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    The Lake City brass that I am using is already cleaned, processed and re-primed. I acquired 2,000 rounds of this stuff from TopBrass. Very very nice stuff.
     
  7. mymaro

    mymaro New Member

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    Oh i got about a 1000 spent xm193 thats all crimped primers
     
  8. robocop10mm

    robocop10mm Lifetime Supporting Member Lifetime Supporter

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    The dies are for .223. You can use 5.56 cases. The main issue I have found is length. 5.56 cases generally start off a bit longer than .223 and firing in a sloppy chamber (high round count machinegun) will stretch the case. You MUST check length and trim before loading. An over length case will cause major pressure issues.

    Removing the primer crimp is easy with a swaging die. You can use a chamfer tool, but I do not like to remove metal from the vital base area.
     
  9. Sniper03

    Sniper03 Supporting Member Supporter

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    Not without modifying the cases as mentioned above. 5.56 ammunition should never be fired in a "true" 223 Chamber. The lead in the chamber is longer on the 5.56. and the 223 Chamber has a shorter lead. And also military ammunition has a higher chamber pressure. However the 223 Remington Cal. ammunition can be fired in the 5.56 chamber with no problem.

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  10. robocop10mm

    robocop10mm Lifetime Supporting Member Lifetime Supporter

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    I do not see trimming as "modifying". Nearly all bottleneck rifle cases must be trimmed after the first time they are fired. 5.56 is no different.
     
  11. locutus

    locutus Well-Known Member Supporter

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    Them thar shell casings just aint that damn expensive!

    I wouldn't use them unless the head stamp matches the load.

    Brass is just not so expensive that you need to risk confusing loads.