The Firing Line Forums

Go Back   The Firing Line Forums > The Skunkworks > Handloading, Reloading, and Bullet Casting

Reply
 
Thread Tools
Old December 12, 2012, 03:37 PM   #1
rebs
Senior Member
 
Join Date: January 10, 2012
Posts: 2,228
reloading question ?

A friend gave me 3 50 round boxes of this ammo from the Maine Cartridge Company. On the box it says 223 Remington 62 gr M855/SS109 Military M5. He said they were very very poor on accuracy in his bolt action 223 rifle. So he gave them to me to try. I looked up Maine Cartridge Company since this company reloaded them and when I seen the results of the search I decided not to shoot them in my rifle. It seems this company is out of business and had a few law suits against them for bad ammo.
I pulled them down and they have 22.0 grains of unknown to me powder, I weighted some of the bullets and they are 62 grain. I saved the powder, bullets and primed cases. I would like to load them back up just for plinking ammo. What would you guys do with them ? Would you scrap the powder that was loaded in them at 22.0 grains and use another powder like H335 or just re use the powder that was in them ? What COL would you seat them to ? These are green tipped bullets and I think that means they have a steel pin inside them, am I right ?
rebs is offline  
Old December 12, 2012, 03:45 PM   #2
Goatwhiskers
Senior Member
 
Join Date: April 8, 2009
Location: Batchelor, La.
Posts: 468
The powder makes darn good fertilizer for your yard. DO NOT attempt to re-use it, you have no idea what kind it is and what would make a safe load. You can utilize the cases and bullets, work with your manual to get a safe load. The bullets are best used for plinkers, doubt that they are good hunting types, you just don't know. Goat
Goatwhiskers is offline  
Old December 12, 2012, 03:45 PM   #3
schmellba99
Senior Member
 
Join Date: January 8, 2008
Posts: 587
Toss the powder - you have no idea what it is.

Reload with whatever powder you normally reload with. COL will depend on your rifle more than anything.
schmellba99 is offline  
Old December 12, 2012, 05:12 PM   #4
serf 'rett
Senior Member
 
Join Date: June 25, 2009
Location: Stuttgart
Posts: 1,336
Scratching head...

...if you were afraid to shoot them before disassembling them, why wouldn't you be afraid of reloading them, using the same stuff, and shooting them now?

Ditch the powder.
__________________
A lack of planning on your part does not necessarily constitute an emergency on my part.
serf 'rett is offline  
Old December 12, 2012, 05:20 PM   #5
rebs
Senior Member
 
Join Date: January 10, 2012
Posts: 2,228
Before I pulled them apart I didn't know how well they were loaded as in if the amount of powder was the same in each case or had a large spread or an over charge etc.. But the powder was the same in each case 22.0 grains. They didn't hurt my friends bolt rifle, but because the accuracy was so bad I thought they may have a big swing in the amount of powder.
rebs is offline  
Old December 12, 2012, 06:58 PM   #6
PA-Joe
Senior Member
 
Join Date: June 9, 2010
Location: NEPA
Posts: 729
It might have been teh twist rate of his barrel. 62 grains should have a 1:7 twist rate.
PA-Joe is offline  
Old December 13, 2012, 01:03 PM   #7
RC20
Senior Member
 
Join Date: April 10, 2008
Location: Alaska
Posts: 2,048
I know its a bit sarcastic but on this forum they are pretty much all realodign questions.

Better tittle.

"Using Factory Reloads in 223? "
RC20 is offline  
Old December 13, 2012, 02:49 PM   #8
rebs
Senior Member
 
Join Date: January 10, 2012
Posts: 2,228
Quote:
I know its a bit sarcastic but on this forum they are pretty much all realodign questions.

Better tittle.

"Using Factory Reloads in 223? "
I didn't think it was sarcastic, your right that would have been a better title.
Another good title would have been "reloading factory reloads for 223".
rebs is offline  
Old December 13, 2012, 03:11 PM   #9
JimDandy
Senior Member
 
Join Date: August 8, 2012
Posts: 2,427
I'm actually curious how they could be M855/SS109 and .223. Another indicator of why they went out of business. M855/SS19 are 5.56 NATO rounds, not .223. While the difference is small enough MOST firearms can utilise either/or it's not universal, and contraindicated by SAAMI guidelines, much like tires for a Chevy Mustang,
JimDandy is offline  
Old December 13, 2012, 05:06 PM   #10
Dog Chaser
Junior Member
 
Join Date: December 8, 2012
Posts: 5
DOG CHASER

150 rounds? 3-5 dollars worth of powder? How much is your weapon worth? Ditch the powder.
Dog Chaser is offline  
Reply

Thread Tools

Posting Rules
You may not post new threads
You may not post replies
You may not post attachments
You may not edit your posts

BB code is On
Smilies are On
[IMG] code is On
HTML code is Off

Forum Jump


All times are GMT -5. The time now is 05:08 AM.


Powered by vBulletin® Version 3.8.7
Copyright ©2000 - 2014, vBulletin Solutions, Inc.
This site and contents, including all posts, Copyright © 1998-2014 S.W.A.T. Magazine
Copyright Complaints: Please direct DMCA Takedown Notices to the registered agent: thefiringline.com
Contact Us
Page generated in 0.08156 seconds with 9 queries