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#5895399 - 08/25/15 01:11 PM loading a bunch of .223's, how do you charge??
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Okay, I have about 200 prepped and primed .223 cases for my new AR (if it ever gets here). When I go to charge ands seat bullets. I can:

1. weigh each charge on my Charge Master, very accurate but will take all weekend.
2. Set up my Uniflow, set charge by using 10-10 Scale, Then "throw charges", re check every 20 rnds?

What type accuracy "fall off" if any would I see?
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#5895418 - 08/25/15 01:20 PM Re: loading a bunch of .223's, how do you charge?? [Re: Buzzsaw]
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I throw all mine one at a time on the chargemaster. Before I got it I threw them one at a time into my beam scale and trickled up. It wont take you long.
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#5895469 - 08/25/15 01:47 PM Re: loading a bunch of .223's, how do you charge?? [Re: Buzzsaw]
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If you are using a ball powder, it will meter well in the uniflow and be very consistent. If you are using a larger extruded powder, it won't flow that accurate in the uniflow, so I'd use the CM. What powder are you running?
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#5895619 - 08/25/15 03:04 PM Re: loading a bunch of .223's, how do you charge?? [Re: redchevy]
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Originally Posted By: redchevy
I throw all mine one at a time on the chargemaster. Before I got it I threw them one at a time into my beam scale and trickled up. It wont take you long.


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#5895871 - 08/25/15 05:42 PM Re: loading a bunch of .223's, how do you charge?? [Re: Buzzsaw]
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As Chad said it depends on powder. If it flows well the uniflow will be fine.

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#5896027 - 08/25/15 06:50 PM Re: loading a bunch of .223's, how do you charge?? [Re: Buzzsaw]
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Agree on the using ball powder with the powder drops, ran some 6.5 Grendel through the crony a few weeks ago. 11fps ES and .6 inch group @ 100 yards for 10 shots the charges were 30.6 grains of CFE223 with 130gr Berger hybrids. Accurate enough for me
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#5896332 - 08/25/15 08:56 PM Re: loading a bunch of .223's, how do you charge?? [Re: Buzzsaw]
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If it is an extruded cylindrical powder, the Chargemaster will throw 50 charges in ~25 minutes (max). So your 200 cases will take 200 minutes, or 3 hours 20 minutes.

Sometimes I will load 50 or 100, then do something else for a hour of three, then get back to it.

I have been getting everything but primers done to the brass. While the Chargemaster is running I prime with an RCBS hand primer to keep my hands busy. When that's done I work on the label for the box of ammo.
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#5896503 - 08/25/15 10:15 PM Re: loading a bunch of .223's, how do you charge?? [Re: Buzzsaw]
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I load all my 223 cases in my Hornady LNL progressive press. I get 1" and better groups at 100yds and 2" groups at 200 yds. I really don't feel any type of automatic electric powder drop is necessary. Just my opinion.

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#5896518 - 08/25/15 10:26 PM Re: loading a bunch of .223's, how do you charge?? [Re: Buzzsaw]
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I use a Lyman 1200 auto thrower/trickler. Works pretty darn fast. Once the brass is ready, I can run through 100 reloads very fast. I use H335 for most loads these days and it meters very quickly and easily, and accurately. Even with the auto charge unit however, the extruded long grain powder takes a bit longer if you want each load to be exactly the same. Throws with the long grain aren't as accurate as with that dust they call ball powder.

I used to use a Lyman 55 to throw and an RCBS 1010 to weigh charges, but that's in slow motion compared to the auto units. I still use the Lyman for pistol.

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#5896519 - 08/25/15 10:26 PM Re: loading a bunch of .223's, how do you charge?? [Re: Buzzsaw]
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Uniflow is your friend, especially if it came free from a friend. It doesn't like to meter logs though. I use a free D-5 to check and set.
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#5897330 - 08/26/15 01:41 PM Re: loading a bunch of .223's, how do you charge?? [Re: Buzzsaw]
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To set my Uniflow, I always throw 10 charges in the pan and weigh. When 10 charges weigh 265 grains I am confident I'm throwing 26.5 grain charges, plus and minus the inevitable inconsistency. That said, I try to stick to spherical powders or fine-grained extruded powders like Benchmark or LT32. I only use these in high volume cartridges like .222 and .223 though. I always use extruded powders in the larger cartridges and put my Chargemaster to work.

Sphericals do work best in the Uniflow, but I believe the fine-grained extruded powders measure very nicely.
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#5899496 - 08/27/15 05:47 PM Re: loading a bunch of .223's, how do you charge?? [Re: Buzzsaw]
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Good stuff guys, I'll have to see which powder I use, I got em all
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#5907572 - 09/01/15 12:08 PM Re: loading a bunch of .223's, how do you charge?? [Re: Buzzsaw]
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Meter it.
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