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#1 Rusled

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Posted 07 November 2011 - 08:53 AM

Sorted some 223 cases. As I started priming them with CCI 400's I found that they would fall out of the federal cases.I have never experenced this before in other calibers. Does the Federal Case in 223 need a special primer ?
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Posted 07 November 2011 - 09:09 AM

Normally when that occurs it's due to excessive case pressure. But have you resized or cleaned the primer pockets or done anything else to the brass? Are they new cases or how many times have they been fired?

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Posted 07 November 2011 - 09:12 AM

I've loaded Federal .223 with Federal Gold Medal Small Rifle Match primes with no problems. Might be worth a try.

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Posted 07 November 2011 - 09:31 AM

If your cases are new and even once firing can cause this there is a tool you can use to save the cases. I bought one of these for some Remington cases that had loose primers. It works well for fixing this problem. I wait until I get a large number of cases before using it.http://www.midwayusa...kets?cm_vc=S015

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Posted 07 November 2011 - 10:51 AM

This might do the trick. I have very few Fed 223 casses, Cases are once fired factory ammo
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Posted 07 November 2011 - 11:03 AM

I'd toss em....223 cases are pretty cheap. If you had some hard to find or expensive brass, that tool would be a good investment.
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Posted 07 November 2011 - 02:16 PM

+1 Its not worth buyin a new tool just to save 223 brass IMO. Winny brass has always been good for my applications with well over 10 reloads per case. Now if yer buying Lapua, then maybe rethink it. Good luck
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Posted 07 November 2011 - 03:11 PM

I thought you had a bunch. I got the tool on sale and it's come in handy for other brass. They make a large primer pocket version too and I have one of those as well. I like tools.

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Posted 08 November 2011 - 07:52 AM

Over @ Handloadersbench they had a thread devoted to primer pocket problems. Seems that 223 Federal cases had a thin web design causeing the primer pocket to enlarge when fired. Guess there were some bad lots.
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Posted 09 November 2011 - 04:59 AM

Try another brand of primer. If that don't work, then get rid of the them. It's not worth missing around with 223 brass... they're cheap.
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Posted 09 November 2011 - 01:07 PM

That is an interesting tool. With the price of 223 brass being what it is, I wouldn't bother with trying to fix loose primer pockets on 223 cases. Now if I had a rifle that required expensive hard to find brass, that type of tool would be well worth the asking price.




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