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.223 question

Discussion in 'Reloading' started by .45 guy, Mar 2, 2011.

  1. .45 guy

    .45 guy

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    I had been loading Hornady SP 55 grain bullets. I switched over to Hornady FMJ 55 grain. I noticed the FMJ bullets were seating just over the cannalure (the case mouth is just over) Both bullets came out at 2.20 OAL. I measured the FMJ bullets and they are a little longer than the soft points I've been using 24.5grns of H335 with the soft point bullets. Am I ok?
     
  2. Patrick Graham

    Patrick Graham Footlong Jr.

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    As long as they fit in and feed from the mag you are good to go.

    2.26" is max, I've seen that jam in a 100round beta mag.

    24.5gr of H335 is not a hot load for 55gr.

    Edited to add: I wouldn't seat any deeper than .2.20" though.
     

    Last edited: Mar 3, 2011

  3. .45 guy

    .45 guy

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    Thank you. I wanted to double check, I was afraid it might affect pressure some. I'll shoot these. Do you think I should adjust so they load to cannalure? Does it matter?
     
  4. Gunnut 45/454

    Gunnut 45/454

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    Just adjust your COAL out to 1.225" so you can crimp into the cannalure! If your crimping them!:supergrin:
     
  5. .45 guy

    .45 guy

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    I dop a very light crimp. I will adjust my die to seat better. I was just wondering about shooting the 50 I already did. Thanks for the help guys.
     
  6. rg1

    rg1

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    I seat the Hornady 55 fmj's to 2.218-2.220" which puts the cannelure at the case mouth. From 2.218-2.230" works fine in AR's. You're good with 24.5 grains of H335. I've loaded up to 25.3 with no issues.
     
    Last edited: Mar 3, 2011