Calling all .223 and 5.56 reloaders

Discussion in 'Ammunition & Reloading' started by carnestopher, Jun 7, 2013.

  1. carnestopher

    carnestopher New Member

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    What's your favorite ultra-cheap-but-reliable load? I'm trying to weigh the difference in cost/quality from lower end ammo and cheaper reloads. These are strictly for plinking and shooting with friends.
     
  2. kryptar19

    kryptar19 New Member

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    Any cheap 55gr fmj

    23.5gr Winchester 748

    Little slow, but great for plinking.
     

  3. mseric

    mseric New Member

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    Do you handload now, or are you starting from scratch?

    Either way, with the present political climate you may find it impossible to find reloading components and factory ammo.

    Right now 223/5.56 ammo is very scarce and the price is higher than it has even been, same for components. Not a good time to do a valid cost analysis between factory and handloads, especially if you are just starting out and need to purchase all the equipment as well.
     
  4. carnestopher

    carnestopher New Member

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    I reload for 7mm, .243 and .308 now. I was actually thinking about starting to load 300BLK since I have the components needed already. I was just thinking about cost in lower end ammunition for .223/5.56
     
  5. msup752

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    I use Ramshot TAC and pulled SS109 bullets but those are harder to find than leprechauns! Primers are either Tula or wolf if I ordered online or Federal Match at the LGS.

    I now only load 300blk. I use 147 pulled bullets or Midway blemished specials which are often $20 for 100 and 150 gr. I use 16g of lil gun which has been available from time to time.
     
  6. robocop10mm

    robocop10mm Lifetime Supporting Member Lifetime Supporter

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    You want ULTRA CHEAP?

    57 gr RNGC hard cast bullet
    21.5 gr BLC2
    R-P case
    CCI small rifle primer

    Using recycled (free) brass this load is about $.08 (yes that's right 8 cents) per round. You can't get .22 LR for that.
    Minute of beer can at 75 yards. Cycles all my AR's. No barrel leading problems. I just make sure and flush out the gas tube with Shooter's Choice bore solvent every 500 rounds or so.
     
  7. aandabooks

    aandabooks New Member

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    I load Speer 62gr FMJ on top of 23.5gr of Tac. I get the bullets for $14.75/100. Right near $.23 per round including primer. I could probably get cheaper by buying cast lead bullets but I prefer to shoot copper bullets out of the AR.
     
  8. tri70

    tri70 New Member

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    Get some once fired brass 1000/$130, buy in bulk if you can find it Hornady sp 55 with 21.5 gr RL7 works well if you can get it all in bulk is best.
     
  9. carnestopher

    carnestopher New Member

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    I have the brass locked down from my local police and the umpteen thousands that I shoot once and reload. I'm just looking for an ultra-cheap plinking alternative, or if low-grade ammo is the way to go
     
  10. mseric

    mseric New Member

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    If you are already set up and have the brass you can can load much cheaper than factory ammo.

    The cheapest bulk 223/5.56 was going for about $3-350/K not to long ago. This same ammo (if you can find it) is now going for $6-700/K.

    Components are not cheap either, but better than ammo.
    Bullets can be had for about $100/K.

    Primers for $35/K

    Powder $25/lb, a 1000 rounds will use about 4 lbs or $100/K.

    You already have the brass, so if you do not consider your time a cost component, you can still build your own for about $235/K. Don't think you will find any cheap bulk ammo even close to that price.

    Not to mention, you handloads will be better quality and most likely much more accurate that the cheap stuff.
     
  11. sniper762

    sniper762 New Member

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    i dont plink...............every shot has a purpose..............a score, a meal or irradication (pests or attackers)
     
  12. bigB762x54

    bigB762x54 New Member

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    How about mold u up some lead rounds with gas checks
     
  13. jpattersonnh

    jpattersonnh Active Member

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    I bought a bunch of Prvi 55gr SP for a purpose. Vermin. Load them up w/ IMR 4064 and they should be hummin' at 3000fps. They shoot fine. Great 300 yard vermin round, less temp sensitive then H335 or BLC-2. I also snagged some Sierra 62gr sp that are superb for really short $$.

    Having fun w/ my sons does count.