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Thread: case length in .223/5.56 reloads

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    case length in .223/5.56 reloads

    I made a small mistake and trimmed a bunch of my .223 brass a little shorter than the minimum. About .002-.004 shorter than minimum.

    Do I have to trash the brass, or can I use it safetly? If all it does is reduce accuaracy, thats fine. They're for fun plinking loads anyway.

    By the way, they would be fired in a COLT M-4 clone.

    Thanks

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    It'll be fine. Just make sure you don't exceed your max OAL when you seat the bullet.

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    I have some mixed brass that I have been reloading for a while. Some of it was a little agressively trimmed, maybe .005 below the trim to legnth and I haven't had any problems with it. The cannelures stand out but for range use it shouldn't make a difference. As with everything else start low and work up.

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    Not a problem at all. Some of the FC brass on the 223AE ammo was way shorter than that from the factory.

    Just means you don't have to trim as much or at all next time.
    "You people have too much time on your hands." - scottryan

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    This will not cause any problems at all. Good shooting!

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    My personal minimum is 1.743 for blasting ammo (plinking, 3gun under 250 yds etc.). Never had a prob.
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    Quote Originally Posted by markm View Post
    Not a problem at all. Some of the FC brass on the 223AE ammo was way shorter than that from the factory.

    Just means you don't have to trim as much or at all next time.
    hey mark are you still on the no trimming kick? 1.760 is where most of my brass is running; without trimming... Seems to function well... I thought you had been dabbling in 1.770+ with no issues in a 5.56 chamber. what do you consider max OAL?

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