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Old May 17, 2012, 12:59 PM   #1
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Loading .223 on an XL650 (or any progressive)

Hi everyone,

So I've been loading various pistol cartridges for quite a while and have finally decided to step into doing .223 and maybe .308 later on down the road but I'm concerned about one step.

I've got a Dillon XL650 and a RCBS Turret press, so I'd like to use the Dillon since it's super fast...but... case trimming is where I get hung up.

Do any of you load .223 (for AR's) on an XL650 and how do you trim the brass? Since once it hits the size deprime station on the progressive press the newly sized brass is immediately primed on the downstroke. My only thought is to deprime and size the brass on the turret press, then trim it, then just move on over to the Dillon for priming/powder/seating.

Really hope I'm making a mountain out of a molehill- what do you all do?
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Old May 17, 2012, 02:11 PM   #2
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I use the RCBS X die, which generally prevents the need to trim, after the initial trim.
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Old May 17, 2012, 03:36 PM   #3
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I only load .223 on my 650 that DON'T need to be trimmed. That means sorting the cases before loading, then only loading those that can be loaded WITHOUT being trimmed.

Those that DO need trimming, get sized in a single stage, then trimmed. Loading those, I eliminate the size die, or back it way out so it only passes the sizer button into the case a bit.

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Old May 17, 2012, 06:57 PM   #4
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Thanks for the info guys. I'd never heard of that RCBS die until today but it sounds like a good option.

I'm thinking I'll just resize them on the turret press, trim if necessary, then store them until I have enough to make it worth setting up the Dillon.

Thanks again!
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Old May 17, 2012, 07:03 PM   #5
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I do all the case prep on single stage, trim separately with a Giraud, then go to the progressive.
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Old May 17, 2012, 09:20 PM   #6
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Like the others, with .223s I trim and prep separately.
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Old May 17, 2012, 10:53 PM   #7
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Like the others, with .223s I trim and prep separately.
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Old May 17, 2012, 11:36 PM   #8
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I am going to use the RCBS X-Die. All this sizing and trimming on a different press first is for the birds.
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Old May 18, 2012, 06:35 AM   #9
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De-priming throws trash all over the place, so I do depriming and other brass prep on a single stage and then load it on my 550B. No trash, no sticky cases or anything not sparkly clean goes into the Dillon.
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Old May 18, 2012, 08:32 AM   #10
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I load 223 on a 650 and a 1050. Size/deprime and trim on the 650 and load on the 1050.

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Old May 19, 2012, 07:52 AM   #11
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I resize a batch, then trim a batch to min length (just got a possom hollow trimmer that really speeds up the trimming part). By trimming to min I expect to get my 4 reloads from the brass without need to resize and trim as separate operations again.

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