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Old 11-29-2011, 03:45 PM
 
Location: Heading to the NW, 4 sure.
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Question .223 buy new ammo vs. reloading

I have a .223 bushmaster and doing a "lot" of shooting (target & varmit-prairie dogs.yotes)...

Is it worth it to reloading, Not a fast machine reloader, just one at a time or just buy the best ammo for the price...

55gr. and 65 gr. there abouts?

Thanks in advance..
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Old 11-29-2011, 04:06 PM
 
Location: Columbia, California
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Back when .223 was $0.99 a box of 20 it was not worth reloading. At $5 a box I reload.
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Old 11-29-2011, 06:58 PM
 
Location: Tucson, AZ
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Definitely reload. I run the plinking ammo on the progressive, the stuff for serious shooting is done on a single stage.

If I may make one more comment. You should pick up a small base die for resizing your cases. Really does make a world of difference with auto-loaders with tight chambers like the AR.
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Old 11-29-2011, 07:21 PM
 
Location: Eastern Washington
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Hunter, if you don't want to spring for a Dillon (and you strike me as the type who will own one eventually) you might want to think about a Lee Turrett press, it's reasonably fast.

Another point is to try to keep your brass clean, don't load a case that has dirt or even a small stone in it.

Needless to say I think it's worth reloading.
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Old 11-29-2011, 08:32 PM
 
Location: Columbia, California
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I prefer Carbide dies for easier loading with less lube. They cost more but after you use one you feel pampered.
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Old 11-29-2011, 09:25 PM
 
Location: NC, USA
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I prefer Carbide dies for easier loading with less lube. They cost more but after you use one you feel pampered.
I too am a purist when it comes to Carbide. I have both a Dillon and a Lee, the Lee is only used for .41 Mag handgun rounds, the Dillon is for .270 and 7mmMag.
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Old 11-30-2011, 12:23 AM
 
Location: Columbia, California
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I use my Lee for all rounds. My father in law has offered his Dillon but I resist.
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Old 11-30-2011, 07:54 AM
 
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Dillon 550b Speed test - Loading 50 rounds 5.56.... - YouTube

Interesting...
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Old 11-30-2011, 08:55 AM
 
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^^^^Yeah, I'd say interesting too. Not once did that moron check to see if the powder actually fell in the case. And then folks wonder why they have bullets lodged in the barrels or worse, blow one up from these "quick" reloading presses. They can be safe to use, but this clown doesn't have a clue.

I reload everything except rimfire. If you are looking for cheap, keep looking as reloading isn't it. Once you factor in the press, dies, calipers, trimmer, deburring tools, shell holders, tumbler, media, lubes, bench, powders, bullets, brass, and all the other crapola, it's not saving you anything. But if you like shooting the most accurate ammo possible in your gun, reloading is the best way to do that, especially if you get into wildcat cartridges. It opens up a variety of bullets that you can't get with factory ammo. In some cases, you can exceed the velocity of factory ammo but the primary reason for reloading is for accuracy, not cost savings because it just isn't there. While I probably have more equipment than most and certainly more than you would need to start, I'm sitting on over 10 grand worth of equipment, not counting any loaded ammo. But there's not much I can't do with reloading including forming cases. It can be interesting hobby but it's far from a money saver.

In regards to the bullet weights, unless you know the twist rate of the Bushy, it may not stabilize anything heavier than a 55gr. If it's a 1:9" twist of tighter, yer good to go on those. I'd suggest the 62gr pills. If you do get into reloading a near max load of Varget under a 62gr yields near one hole groups at 100 yds from my AR platforms. If you can get yer hands on some of the Lake City 62gr FMJ at a cheap price, they don't know it but they shoot with match bullets all day.
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Old 11-30-2011, 09:49 AM
 
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^^^^Yeah, I'd say interesting too. Not once did that moron check to see if the powder actually fell in the case. And then folks wonder why they have bullets lodged in the barrels or worse, blow one up from these "quick" reloading presses. They can be safe to use, but this clown doesn't have a clue.

I reload everything except rimfire. If you are looking for cheap, keep looking as reloading isn't it. Once you factor in the press, dies, calipers, trimmer, deburring tools, shell holders, tumbler, media, lubes, bench, powders, bullets, brass, and all the other crapola, it's not saving you anything. But if you like shooting the most accurate ammo possible in your gun, reloading is the best way to do that, especially if you get into wildcat cartridges. It opens up a variety of bullets that you can't get with factory ammo. In some cases, you can exceed the velocity of factory ammo but the primary reason for reloading is for accuracy, not cost savings because it just isn't there. While I probably have more equipment than most and certainly more than you would need to start, I'm sitting on over 10 grand worth of equipment, not counting any loaded ammo. But there's not much I can't do with reloading including forming cases. It can be interesting hobby but it's far from a money saver.

In regards to the bullet weights, unless you know the twist rate of the Bushy, it may not stabilize anything heavier than a 55gr. If it's a 1:9" twist of tighter, yer good to go on those. I'd suggest the 62gr pills. If you do get into reloading a near max load of Varget under a 62gr yields near one hole groups at 100 yds from my AR platforms. If you can get yer hands on some of the Lake City 62gr FMJ at a cheap price, they don't know it but they shoot with match bullets all day.
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