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#11913145 - 03/20/17 223 Brass
OrangeDiablo Offline
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What are your guys' opinions on good 223 brass? I don'e necessarily need Lapua brass out of an AR, but what are thoughts on Hornady? Rem? Win? 'Insert company' once fired...? This'll be for a 'plinker' out to 3-400 or so if it makes any difference

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#11913208 - 03/20/17 Re: 223 Brass [Re: OrangeDiablo]
drover Offline
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LC - good brass, my brass of choice.

It can be found quite reasonable processed, or if you don't mind doing the processing yourself it can be really reasonable.

Here is a link to some processed from a 'fire member -

http://www.24hourcampfire.com/ubbthreads/ubbthreads.php/ubb/showflat/Number/11912407/Searchpage/3/Main/816219/Words/223+brass/Search/true/Re:_FS:_Fully_Processed_FC_223#Post11912407

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#11913802 - 03/20/17 Re: 223 Brass [Re: drover]
358Norma_fan Offline
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I prefer Remington for my ARs. I buy it in bulk from BrassmanBrass.
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#11913822 - 03/20/17 Re: 223 Brass [Re: 358Norma_fan]
Higbean Offline
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Originally Posted By 358Norma_fan
I prefer Remington for my ARs. I buy it in bulk from BrassmanBrass.


Same here but for bolt guns.

Have had great luck with Winchester as well.

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#11913853 - 03/20/17 Re: 223 Brass [Re: OrangeDiablo]
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I also prefer R-P....
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#11913923 - 03/20/17 Re: 223 Brass [Re: Higbean]
Seafire Offline
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Registered: 04/21/04
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Loc: Southern Oregon USA
Originally Posted By Higbean
Originally Posted By 358Norma_fan
I prefer Remington for my ARs. I buy it in bulk from BrassmanBrass.


Same here but for bolt guns.

Have had great luck with Winchester as well.



Fantastic source...

Brassman lives about two miles around the corner from me..

Great guy and he's got plenty of brass over there...

couldn't deal with better folks...

I've gotten spoiled on Remington Brass from over at his place as of late...

no need to give the primer pockets a lot of attention, like so many Lake City and Federal stuff always seem to have that pesky military crimp...

he unknowingly got me spoiled...

he's got plenty of Winchester also...

great guy, great prices and includes shipping...

what else can ya want!
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#11914033 - 03/21/17 Re: 223 Brass [Re: OrangeDiablo]
JamesJr Offline
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Registered: 11/11/15
Posts: 1068
Loc: Christian Co., Ky
In my 223's, I use Remington, Winchester, LC, along with some Federal and Hornady bras. Have more LC and Winchester than anything else. Can't tell any difference.

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#11914178 - 03/21/17 Re: 223 Brass [Re: OrangeDiablo]
lotech Offline
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Registered: 04/24/08
Posts: 576
I'll also vouch for Brassman's once-fired Remington brass. I'm pretty sure some of the other brands would work as well, but I haven't tried them.

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#11914512 - 03/21/17 Re: 223 Brass [Re: OrangeDiablo]
Azar Offline
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Registered: 06/19/09
Posts: 1306
Loc: Utah
I've only used three: R-P (Remington), LC 14 (Lake City 2014), and FC (Federal). This was all range scrounged at my local range. In my limited experience I like R-P brass. All my most accurate loads have been loaded with it.

I don't care for Federal .223 brass. I scrounged enough that I didn't want to just scrap it so I ended up using for my reduced Seafire/Ingwe "bunny loads". The cheap 55g Hornady SP over 13.0g of IMR 4198 for 2,100 fps and ~1.5 MOA. A hoot to shoot.

I've only tried one load work-up with the LC brass and honestly it was disappointing, but there is no way to tell if it was due to the brass. It was a new powder, new bullet, and new primer as well so who knows what part of the combo my gun didn't like. LC 14 brass, Barnes 55g TTSX, Ramshot TAC, and Remington 7 1/2 primer. I had high hopes but the mini-Audette ladder didn't show anything worth persuing. I plan to retry the bullet+powder with R-P brass and my regular CCI 400 primer. I've heard great things about the 55g TTSX and TAC and really want to get them to shoot!

Since you can often find so much abandonded .223 brass I had high hopes of being able to feed the gun nothing but scrounged brass. laugh I had to cave recently as I decided to standardize on R-P brass and I don't want to have to slowly scrounge up a good supply. I have still never paid for new brass, but I did just recently order 500 pieces of once-fired R-P brass from Brassman Brass ($49 delivered). My tumbler finally crapped out so I haven't had a change to get it loaded up yet.

I can't speak for Winchester as I've never used it but I'd suggest giving R-P brass a try.

Good Luck.
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#11914561 - 03/21/17 Re: 223 Brass [Re: OrangeDiablo]
VarmintGuy Offline
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Registered: 05/23/03
Posts: 9115
Loc: SW Montana
Many years ago my good friend and Varmint Hunting partner "Irv" acquired one of the first "heavy barrel" AR type Rifles.
He strapped a Leupold 6.5x20 variable power scope on to it and went to town!
He used Winchester 223 brass and loaded his ammo for this Rifle on a Dillon progressive press - and then you could have knocked me over with a feather when he began shooting (consistently!) 3/4" five shot groups at 200 yards with this set-up!
I have seen him do this a dozen times there at the SPAA Range in Tukwila, Washington.
I have seen Irv take Rock Chucks with this set-up in excess of 1/4 mile away!
And probably some Prairie Dogs as well but my memory is not clear on that point right now.
I like Winchester brass in my 223 bolt guns but I also use LaPua, Federal, Remington and Hornady in my many and varied 223 bolt guns.
Best of luck to you in your decision making and brass availability.
Hold into the wind
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#11917312 - 03/22/17 Re: 223 Brass [Re: drover]
Scott F Offline
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Registered: 12/28/00
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Loc: Oregon City, OR
Originally Posted By drover
LC - good brass, my brass of choice.

It can be found quite reasonable processed, or if you don't mind doing the processing yourself it can be really reasonable.

Here is a link to some processed from a 'fire member -

http://www.24hourcampfire.com/ubbthreads/ubbthreads.php/ubb/showflat/Number/11912407/Searchpage/3/Main/816219/Words/223+brass/Search/true/Re:_FS:_Fully_Processed_FC_223#Post11912407

drover






This. I find it to be great brass with the smallest amount of neck thickness variation of any other I have measured.
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