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Old June 30, 1999, 02:49 AM   #1
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Im just getting in to reloading and I went to a gun show to pick up some bullets but found I dont know what Im doing. Some of the boxes say 22 caliber and then say .223 dia but others say 22 caliber and say .224 diameter. Both boxes were sierra bullets so what ones do I buy for my AR? Thanks for any help.
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Old June 30, 1999, 08:20 AM   #2
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.224 is the standard diameter for .223. Confusing, isn't it? Regards, BigG
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Old June 30, 1999, 12:29 PM   #3
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The vast majority of 22 caliber centerfire bullets are .224 diam. This includes bullets for .218 Bee, .223 Rem., 225 Win, etc. etc. But Sierra does put out a .223 diam. bullet they recommend for use in the 22 Hornet. Unless you want to try that particular one, every common "22" uses .224 bullets including most 22 Hornet loads. I'm sure, as with everything, there are exceptions. But in general this is what you'll find.
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Old June 30, 1999, 06:38 PM   #4
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Anyone have any answers to these questions?

Why is the .223 round called that?
It measures .224".

Why does the military call it the 5.56 mm round?
5.56 mm is approx .218"
It should be called the 5.7 mm round.
5.7 mm measures .2244"

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Old July 1, 1999, 07:39 AM   #5
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Old July 1, 1999, 08:56 AM   #6
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Remington developed the 223 for the military, and during the developmental stage, there were experiments with the 222 and 222 Magnum cartridges. To avoid confunsion(helped a bunch, didn't it?) when they finalized the case dimensions for the 5.56 round, they named it the 223. 5.56 is the bore diameter, while groove diameter is 5.7mm.
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Old July 1, 1999, 11:02 PM   #7
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At least they standardized (mostly) on .224. I remember a fella who was real puzzled about his .220 Swift flattening primers, having gas attacks worse'n pinto beans and all manner of horribles. Miked his bullets, and they were .228!

If you got some actual .223 instead of .224, don't worry about it. Just load 'em for plinkers, instead of "best accuracy"--but then again, they might fool you...

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Old July 2, 1999, 12:07 PM   #8
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Don't know what your gonna do with these bullets, but if your gonna shoot something like prairie dogs you might try the Hornady V-Max bullets, I've got a 50 gr. up to about 3550-3570 and they really do a number on them, bits and pieces everywhere.....grin
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