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Found a useful, cheap DIY reloading tool for .223

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I had some reloads that were left in a wet ammo can. The clips rusted and the powder soaked up moisture.
hammer pulling these .223 rounds was tough, I guess from the corrosion and crimp.

I took the tip of a demilled m16 barrel (cut off at the h-g cap) in hand and used it to "bend" the bullet in the case, breaking free the neck tension. Demilling the ammo became a whole lot easier because I could pull the bullets out by hand.

this is more or less a de-loading tool :)
When I can locate a shot out M1 garand barrel, that will be handy for demilling .30 ammo..
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captain-03 said:
Did it scar the bullet?
Not at all.

If it did, that would be okay. Plinker .223 rounds can have pull marks, as far as i am concerned.
msredneck said:
since when is a $25 RCBS Kinetic bullet puller expensive? :thinking:

worst part is all the messing around with the case necks in your method.....If they are rusty etc How do you ever get the brass in good shape again

I dunno...
The kinetic puller is not expensive.. I just find it very tedious work with .223.
Sizing the cases again took care of the bends.
Tumbing cleaned it up very nice...
I use a Dillon 1200 size/trim die and check the headspace and case length in a case gage. The case gage is a handy tool. It should be a standard part of a die set. I need to get another in 30-30..

I load brass 1-2 times. It helps to be blessed with more brass than I can count. When I have a yard sale, the bucket of used brass is the first thing to sell.
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