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joelogic
09-07-2008, 10:23 PM
I am looking forward to participating in tactical rifle at Chabot. Webpage says you should go through about 150 rounds. However I am having a hard time deciding between my 7.62x39 ar or my .223 ar.

The price difference per round is only about $.07 and with 150 rounds that is only $10.50 more, but when you buy by the case and x39 is $199 shipped and .223 is $270 ftf and only going up. Every gun show .223 goes up $20. So, when do you stop shooting .223?

I think I will keep shooting .223 until it stops being the infantry standard and keep x39 for just target practice.

Bruce3
09-07-2008, 10:29 PM
start reloading, im currently doing .223 at 18 cents a round then you wont have to think about stopping :p

joelogic
09-07-2008, 10:39 PM
Is there a good manual on reloading?
I wouldn't know where to start.
Buy a dillon and have at it?
How much did your reloading setup cost you?

dexter9659
09-07-2008, 10:42 PM
Joe I would do a Calguns search on it, we have lots of forums on reloading.

nobs11
09-07-2008, 10:46 PM
Is there a good manual on reloading?
I wouldn't know where to start.
Buy a dillon and have at it?
How much did your reloading setup cost you?

If you are starting out, get a single stage press first. RCBS works really well. RCBS and Hornady dies are good. Start simple and upgrade.

As far as 223 vs x39, it depends on what you are doing. If it is just plinking, it doesn't matter. I am probably going to get yelled at by the AK guys, but rifles chambered in 223 are a lot more accurate.

I used to reload for 6 years. Lately I haven't been able to due to work taking up most of my time. Ammo is expensive. That is just the way things are. Reloading does save you money and you can produce better quality ammo than factory if you do it right. But it is a time investment. Most people keep buying guns without factoring in the cost of ammo.

SuperSet
09-07-2008, 10:56 PM
start reloading, im currently doing .223 at 18 cents a round then you wont have to think about stopping :p

My experiences too.. hovering around .18 per round for some decent quality .223 ammo.
Having said that, if you decide to shoot 7.62x39, you'll be in good company. There's quite a few AKs out at Chabot. Hope to see you there soon!

thedrickel
09-07-2008, 11:09 PM
I'm thinkin bay area group buy on wolf .223 and x39.

dfletcher
09-07-2008, 11:36 PM
I've reloaded for about 35 years. Have to say, reloading for 223 or X39 in semi and for just fun plinking on a sigle stage takes a long time and I really don't think it's worth it. I reload for a Volquartsen semi in 223 and if I had a heavy barreled target type AR I'd reload for that, but just for fun shooting off a single press it takes quite a while, I don't think there's any real benefit.

Plus, I'm far too cheap to accept losing brass because my semi tosses it all over the range.

sammy
09-08-2008, 5:29 AM
I'm thinkin bay area group buy on wolf .223 and x39.


If you want to put together a group buy I have smoking rates with trucking companies. PM me if you are serious.

Beelzy
09-08-2008, 5:53 AM
Compared to the other calibers I load for, the .223 is like 22LR to me.
I shoot it, don't care where the brass lands, and buy it as cheap as possible.

.223 forever for this shooter. :patriot:

X-NewYawker
09-08-2008, 6:01 AM
Hold off on a new gun and buy $2000 worth of ammo instead. By the time its gone guns will be illegal in CA anyway. :)

Spyder
09-08-2008, 6:28 AM
Guns will be illegal in California in eight days?

2000 rounds ain't much...

Spyder
09-08-2008, 6:29 AM
eh, I mean...

damnitt...

misread it.

Full Clip
09-08-2008, 6:47 AM
Yes, compared to other rifle rounds, .223 IS still cheap.
Look at the price of American Eagle, UMC or Federal x39 (ranging from to $14-$23 a box) and you'll see how import ammo has kept AKs "affordable" shooters. The tradeoff is accuracy/quality. Don't compare the cost of reloading x39 with the price of Wolf. That's a false comparison. Instead, compare it to the high-dollar domestic ammo, which is more in line quality/accuracy-wise with what you'd be making at home. Reloading is time-consuming, but so is watching TV...

Mississippi
09-08-2008, 8:08 AM
I've almost stopped shooting for the last 6 months and have been just slowly packing ammo away. Every time I would have gone to the range I went and spent the same amount on ammo.

At some point I will shoot some of it.:cool:

X-NewYawker
09-08-2008, 8:44 AM
When 223 dries up 762x39 won't be far behind.

Get Spike's 22LR upper and a million rounds of .22 at big Five.

Saigon1965
09-08-2008, 8:50 AM
Git her going man -

BTW - What's with the new avatar?


I'm thinkin bay area group buy on wolf .223 and x39.

CCWFacts
09-08-2008, 9:13 AM
I'm thinkin bay area group buy on wolf .223 and x39.

How would that kind of thing work? Like if we were to get a group together to buy a whole pallet load of the stuff? I would be in for a couple cases of 223.

joelogic
09-08-2008, 9:21 AM
Drickel lets just split a reloader. Best reviews from Midway are for a RCBS Pro 2000.

http://www.midwayusa.com/eproductpage.exe/showproduct?saleitemid=673612

aplinker
09-08-2008, 10:19 AM
If you're going to start reloading and you expect to do more than a couple hundred rounds a month, just buy a Dillon. You can load single stage to start and, once you know how, go progressive.

In hindsight, I wish I'd bought the Dillon.

I'm thinkin bay area group buy on wolf .223 and x39.

Does Chabot allow bi-metal?

thedrickel
09-08-2008, 10:28 AM
I have a rockchucker we can mess around w/ for a while, but Dillon is definitely the way to go in the long run.

Chabot allows anything and everything that is legal (no tracers, etc).