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Reloading Steel .223

Information on reloading for precision or money saving, equpiment to use, powder and primer suggestions, all welcome

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Reloading Steel .223

Postby Mike_Diako » Tue Jun 12, 2012 7:16 pm

I came across a thread on Cast Boolits earlier today regarding steel case .223 rounds and reloading. Apparently, when the Russian ammo companies ie, Wolf, Herters, Tula, Etc stopped using the lacquer coating, they stopped Berdan priming as well. I didn't believe it so I just went downstairs and de-capped a steel case I had laying around.

Believe it or not, it's boxer primed. I have read for years people decapping and reloading traditional steel cased ammo that's Berdan primed. I think I may give it a try and see if I blow my face off.

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http://castboolits.gunloads.com/showthr ... steel+case
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Postby CTSixshot » Tue Jun 12, 2012 7:52 pm

I've done it for years, but not as a regular practice. I don't recall any of the Wolf .223s being berdan primed, but since I don't shoot .223, I haven't reloaded thousands of them.
Mostly Wolf .45 ACPs (also boxer primed), Romanian 8mm and 7.62x39mm (all brands) which are berdan-primed.

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Postby sjcolwell2 » Tue Feb 12, 2013 4:14 pm

I read this post the other day and was kinda interested in reloading some steel .223 . What I found was when reloaded them the same as brass ( on the modest side) they tend to crack after one reload, where the brass dosen't. What I did was shot 20 rounds of factory steel .223. Then reloaded it using 25g of IMR4895 and a 55g soft point . I also loaded 20 brass rounds the same way. I've come to the conlusion that it can be done but you will mostlikely only get one reload out of the steel case .223. These were all fired out of a stag model 2 .
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Postby SR9 » Tue Feb 12, 2013 5:04 pm

Good to know. Thanks.
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Postby sjcolwell2 » Tue Feb 12, 2013 6:04 pm

No problem
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Postby CTSixshot » Tue Feb 12, 2013 9:38 pm

Truth be told, I don't really keep accurate records, so no telling how many reloads I get with steel. As a rule, the case is lost before it fails.
With .45 ACP, I don't think I've ever had a steel case fail. This would apply to older US arsenal cases (1943), too. Don't recall a failure with 8mm or 7.62x39 steel either. As for .223 Remington, I don't shoot this caliber anymore, so my experience here is limited.

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Postby sjcolwell2 » Wed Feb 13, 2013 7:13 am

I'm sure u could get them to last longer if you tune your load down slightly and use a bolt action but anything less then 25 grains of IMR 4895 and your start to get malfunctions in my semi autos .
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