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    neck turning once fired brass?

    This isnt a benchrest specific question but i thought i would try here.

    I got a bunch of once fired 223 brass that i want to turn the necks on to uniform them. I know they will need resized then run through the right neck expander. My question is can i use a Redding full length bushing die to do the resizing? It is the only 223 die i have.

    The reason i ask is that i have read contradictory information on weather the bushing dies size the whole neck.

    Thanks.

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    Just try it and see what happens. You may run into problems and you may not.

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    Why bother? Does your setup (one only prep die) warrant all that work?

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    John and Wilbur have some good points.

    If you do decide to proceed - my suggestion would be to not resize the case. Reasons = 1. If the bushing or die does not resize all the neck then the neck will not be the same diameter all the way down to the shoulder. 2. You're not going to make straighter brass than what is fired in your chamber.

    I would make or buy a pilot that just fits the fired brass - then turn to your desired thickness.

    That is a lot of work/hassle - but that is what John said.

    Stanley

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    Why bother? If you're not shooting bench rest, spend your time pulling the trigger. Don't mess with your brass any more than needed.

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    neck turning can improve neck tension uniformity,
    leading to more accuracy
    even in a non br rifle.

    Quote Originally Posted by Nor Cal Mikie View Post
    Why bother? If you're not shooting bench rest, spend your time pulling the trigger. Don't mess with your brass any more than needed.

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    You can not use a Redding full length bushing die to do the resizing, before neck turning.

    My 243 win bushing does not size all the way to the shoulder.

    I seem to get longer case neck life in 223 after neck turning and loading with a standard RCBS FL sizing die, with expander. Less metal at the neck shoulder junciton fighting the expander* and work harding the case neck.

    But accuracy is not better using the standard die. Not buying a bushing die for a Savage Axis 223. Only bought the rifle to use up M16 ammo that was laying around.

    Not even close to "BenchRest" accuracy. But it is what it is.
    Last edited by 243winxb; 01-25-2019 at 11:50 AM. Reason: Expander* instead of bushing.

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