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Short .223 case

Discussion in 'Reloading' started by .45 guy, Jan 13, 2010.

  1. .45 guy

    .45 guy

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    I was processing some .223 brass. While trimming I checked the length of one with my calipers. It was 1.230. I don't remember seeing an answer to this question. But what would happen if a short case got through and you loaded it? What would happen when it was fired?
     
  2. Hoser

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  3. Glocks&Ducs

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    You may not be able to load it at all. The short neck may not hold enough tension to keep the bullet from falling in.
     
  4. Three-Five-Seven

    Three-Five-Seven Señor Mombo Millennium Member

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    Some of those Federal cases come pretty short. They always take a second inspection.
     
  5. Hoser

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    Did you mean 1.730 or 230?

    1.230 is shorter than a 221 Fireball...
     
  6. dudel

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    My thought exactly. Is the OP sure it's a .223 case? Some case are easy to confuse. .380 and 9mm come to mind.

    Easy to slip by if you are working with pickup range brass.
     
  7. .45 guy

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    Wow, sorry guys. 1.73, what a typo. Sorry
     
  8. dudel

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    See, that's an example of what can happen when trolling for load data if you don't know how to sanity check a number.

    An honest typo by the OP. In this case no harm, no foul. Imagine if that had been a load weight instead.