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Old 12-02-2007, 7:17 AM
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When reloading for 5.56 is it standard practice to use .223 dies and case gages? As well as .223 load data?

I'll probably go with a set of Lee .223 dies and I'm fond of the stainless case gages from Dillon.

I've been reloading for my M1A for quite a while, any tips for the AR?
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Old 12-02-2007, 7:35 AM
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You can use 223 dies. Read up on the difference between the chambers of 5.56 and .233 here. Lee dies are OK. They should do what you need them to do.

As far as load data, theres a bunch. Check out reloadersnest.com and others like it.
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I have tryed putting 5.56 throu dillion 223 dies. I get acout 1/2" from base and it gets real tight. I had 1 get stuck and now chose not to reload 5.56 with out a 5.56 dies.

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This may seem to be a dumb question.. but are you lubing the cases with something like the Dillon spray lube? One shot shouldn't be used for rifle.. I've found it doesn't do as good a job.

I just sized and trimmed 6000 pieces of 5.56 and 223 rem brass all through an RCBS Small based sizing die and using Dillon spray lube. I did this with my Dillon 650. I wish I had a 1050 but it's just a tad pricey these days.

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This may seem to be a dumb question.. but are you lubing the cases with something like the Dillon spray lube? One shot shouldn't be used for rifle.. I've found it doesn't do as good a job.

I just sized and trimmed 6000 pieces of 5.56 and 223 rem brass all through an RCBS Small based sizing die and using Dillon spray lube. I did this with my Dillon 650. I wish I had a 1050 but it's just a tad pricey these days.
I've been using Hornady One-Shot for all my pistol and rifle cases from 223 all the way up to 375 H&H mag.

I use 223 dies for reloading 5.56
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The trick to using one shot on rifle cases is to make sure you lube the die occasionally too, make sure you thoroughly clean it of any other lube first.
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I've been using Hornady One-Shot for all my pistol and rifle cases from 223 all the way up to 375 H&H mag.

I use 223 dies for reloading 5.56
+1 except, I used to use it for 50BMG too. Now, I use Imperial Wax for the bigger brass.
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I have tryed putting 5.56 throu dillion 223 dies. I get acout 1/2" from base and it gets real tight.
I had 1 get stuck and now chose not to reload 5.56 with out a 5.56 dies.
Whose 5.56 dies are you using?
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