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I've been prepping .308 cases for two days...

Discussion in 'Reloading' started by cysoto, Apr 14, 2011.

  1. cysoto

    cysoto Gone Shooting!

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    ...and now that they are all reloaded, I don't want to shoot them just so I don't have to go through another two days of this!

    I never thought that prepping rifle cases was so time-consuming! :faint:
     
  2. chris6424

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    Get a Giraud trimmer! It trims to length, inside chamfer and outside deburrs in the same step. 10 seconds per case, no hand exertion. I wish I had gotten one sooner, reloading rifle brass is no longer so much of a chore.
     


  3. cysoto

    cysoto Gone Shooting!

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    I was looking at a Hornady LnL Case Prep Center. All of a sudden, $340 doesn't sound all that expensive! :supergrin:
     
  4. EL_NinO619

    EL_NinO619 EX-Swage Monkey

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    How many did you do, do them in seasions and you wont get to tired. Trust me I have plenty experience, I shot atleast a couple hundted a week
     
  5. shotgunred

    shotgunred local trouble maker

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    What powder are you using in 223? I only have enough H335 for 250 rounds of 55 grs 223.
    I was thinking about looking for some tac.
     
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  6. SilentVectorX

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    Or a Dillon RT-1200. Sizes AND trims in one shot. No chamfer/deburr necessary.

    I'm thinking of putting a universal decapper in my SS, then putting an RT1200 in station one of a Dillon 650. It could be sweet...
     
  7. cysoto

    cysoto Gone Shooting!

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    I am only doing one hundred at the time. In the time it takes me to load 50 rounds of .308 I could have easily loaded 500 (or more) pistol rounds.

    Don't get me wrong, reloading rifle rounds is fun and somewhat therapeutic but also time consuming.
     
  8. EL_NinO619

    EL_NinO619 EX-Swage Monkey

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    Shotgun, use Tac or 748, tac is a tad cleaner..
     
  9. Boxerglocker

    Boxerglocker Jacks #1 Fan

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    I sized/trimmed my first 50 rounds of .223 on my RT1200 today. Took all of 8 minutes, and that was going slow to make sure it was all dialed in. I then set-up my XL650 223 toolhead and loaded the 50 with Accurate 2520 and a Horandy V-max 55g. My buddys load 25g at 2.255 OAL. It's already ready chronoed at 3100 FPS out of his DDM4, same rifle as mine. I just got back from the range.... very pleased all went bang!
    The RT1200 is awesome makes quick work of everything. I didn't have to deburr but did find I hand to chamfer sightly cause the V-max bullet is a flat base. My next order or bullets will be boattails though so that step will be abolished. I have to get my super swage mounted on a board to clamp to the wood vise on my bench, do the auto mod on it http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=LaZHeSUqQbk
    then I'll rock through the 3k of brass I have collected thus far.
    [​IMG]
    BTW you can't use the RT1200 at station 1 then just continue to load. You will need to tumble to remove the lube required for sizing. I use HOS no problems. The tumbling in dry media also knocks off any small burrs and really smoothens out the cut. I used a standard dillon sizer/decapper at station 1 and the RT1200 sizer/trimmer at station 4, set both up with a Dillon 223 head space gauge to ensure they were exactly the same. It's a little loud cause you have the motor hooked up to a vacumm via a manifold to catch all the shavings, I put my ear protection on that has a MP3 player input and rocked away.
     
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