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pecospuppy

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Reloading 223
« on: January 16, 2019, 06:01:53 PM »
So I'm new to AR's and now to reloading.  A friend had a Lee Masterloader rig for trade and now it's mine.  It was/is set up for 9mm.  I bought the dies for 223 and have been saving brass.  I'm getting ready to try reloading
ammo for my DB15.

The question I have is about the bullet size.  Looks like the bullet is not .223 but is .224.  That could make sense, but you order 9mm bullets for 9mm reloads so why not be consistent?

Anyway, I bought 52gr and 73gr .224 Hornady ELD Match bullets to start reloading.  Somebody stop me if I've screwed up!  :main_blink:

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Re: Reloading 223
« Reply #1 on: January 17, 2019, 11:33:48 AM »
I'm by no means an expert here, but I would not load .224 bullets and fire them through a DB15. The rifle is a 5.56 caliber that is able to also shoot .223 ammo. I *believe* they are the same diameter bullet though, so going to even a slightly larger caliber could be very problematic. Just one data point... some others on here will know more than me, though.

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Re: Reloading 223
« Reply #2 on: January 18, 2019, 12:44:32 AM »
I found some YouTube videos that confirmed the use of a .224 bullet.  That wasn't a confidence builder however.  I have a few reloading books that list the powder charges for the various grain bullets and in all cases they don't list anything for 5.56 and only one of them listed the bullet diameter for 223 Remington and it was .224 so I think that is definitive enough.  I have 4 bullet weights.  52 gr, 55gr, 73gr, and 75gr.  I'm going to load each and see how much different they shoot.  I also have 55gr 223 and 77gr 556 factory ammo and I'll compare all of them at 100 Yds to see how they compare on paper.

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Re: Reloading 223
« Reply #3 on: January 18, 2019, 12:15:04 PM »
Sounds good, and this article seems to agree with you...

https://gundigest.com/gear-ammo/ammunition/tips-reloading-223-remington

For a handloader, the .223 Remington can prove to be extremely versatile, especially if your rifle has one of the faster twist rates, like 1:8-inch or 1:9-inch, so you can take full advantage of the heavier .224-inch caliber bullets.

 

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