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#6144213 - 01/19/16 09:05 PM 223 dies.... FL or small base?
Cow_doc.308 Offline
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Looking at buying some 223 dies to reload for my AR. Should I get a small base set or just full length?
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#6144235 - 01/19/16 09:16 PM Re: 223 dies.... FL or small base? [Re: Cow_doc.308]
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Regular FL dies are fine.

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#6144282 - 01/19/16 09:41 PM Re: 223 dies.... FL or small base? [Re: Cow_doc.308]
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^^^^^^^^^Agree^^^^^^^^^

Standard full length dies have worked well for the ARs I have loaded for.
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#6144300 - 01/19/16 09:48 PM Re: 223 dies.... FL or small base? [Re: Cow_doc.308]
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thanks guys. RCBS, Hornady, or Lee?
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#6144304 - 01/19/16 09:50 PM Re: 223 dies.... FL or small base? [Re: Cow_doc.308]
Gemlin Offline
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Registered: 08/31/11
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Depends on the gun. Some AR's I've seen required small base dies. Depends on how "tight" the chamber of your gun is.

However there are some pro's of getting RCBS X Die's for 223. After your first sizing and trimming, you may not have to trim your brass as often.

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#6144309 - 01/19/16 09:52 PM Re: 223 dies.... FL or small base? [Re: Cow_doc.308]
Cleric Offline
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Also depends on where the brass came from

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#6144425 - 01/20/16 03:29 AM Re: 223 dies.... FL or small base? [Re: Cow_doc.308]
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Registered: 01/11/09
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Loc: Germany
Small base guy here and mostly Lake City brass. RCBS dies.

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#6144831 - 01/20/16 10:29 AM Re: 223 dies.... FL or small base? [Re: Cow_doc.308]
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Small base.

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#6145330 - 01/20/16 03:54 PM Re: 223 dies.... FL or small base? [Re: Cow_doc.308]
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Registered: 11/12/13
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I'd get the RCBS dies out of the three you mentioned

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#6145339 - 01/20/16 04:03 PM Re: 223 dies.... FL or small base? [Re: Cow_doc.308]
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Registered: 12/31/14
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Only get small-base dies if regulars don't work. Can't go wrong with RCBS & I think the X-Dies may be just the ticket!

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#6145656 - 01/20/16 06:51 PM Re: 223 dies.... FL or small base? [Re: Cow_doc.308]
jdk1985 Offline
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Registered: 08/15/11
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I buy RCBS or Dillon, fwiw. 2cents

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#6147671 - 01/21/16 07:31 PM Re: 223 dies.... FL or small base? [Re: Cow_doc.308]
parisite Offline
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Registered: 07/10/11
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Loc: North of the Sulphur
Small base dies. Eliminate problems before they start. I learned the hard way.

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#6150788 - 01/23/16 04:21 PM Re: 223 dies.... FL or small base? [Re: Cow_doc.308]
Phlash Offline
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Registered: 10/05/14
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Small base here. My Hornady dies weren't enough.

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#6150948 - 01/23/16 06:17 PM Re: 223 dies.... FL or small base? [Re: Cow_doc.308]
Txhillbilly Offline
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Registered: 08/14/15
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Loc: Johnson County
I've been shooting and loading for AR's for over 3 decades and have never needed small base dies for any of them. I have 3 of them right now and use standard dies for them. I use Lee,Hornady and RCBS 223 dies for all of them.They all load very accurate ammo.

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