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Offline Spamity Calamity

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Did I buy the wrong components?
« on: January 02, 2010, 10:05:04 PM »
Well as a part of my new years resolution I said I was gonna figure out how to use my Lee reloading press thats been sitting in my garage for more than a year. So I thought I would start small one caliber (.223) and enough to make 100 rounds. But I noticed the package says .22 and I just read on the internet that Im supposed to get .224 when reloading for the .223. So did I just screw up? Pictars below.


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Re: Did I buy the wrong components?
« Reply #1 on: January 02, 2010, 11:50:53 PM »
No those are the right ones for reloading 223. Both 223 and 224 are 22 caliber btw, as are 222's. All those rounds use .224 inch diameter bullets.

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Re: Did I buy the wrong components?
« Reply #2 on: January 03, 2010, 12:03:49 AM »
No those are the right ones for reloading 223. Both 223 and 224 are 22 caliber btw, as are 222's. All those rounds use .224 inch diameter bullets.


Huh, I thought caliber WAS a measure of diameter.

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Re: Did I buy the wrong components?
« Reply #3 on: January 03, 2010, 12:24:40 AM »
It is a 22 caliber bullet has the diameter of .224". 

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Re: Did I buy the wrong components?
« Reply #4 on: January 03, 2010, 12:48:52 AM »
Huh, I thought caliber WAS a measure of diameter.

Not always, depends on the round. Most necked down rounds have unusual caliber denotations . Anyways in this case .224 inch diameter bullets are used to make 223 rounds (cartridges) for the .223 caliber rifle. I suppose it is all in nomenclature. Some firearms are named after the bore diameter in inches, others in millimeters, some after the weight of the round, and some are named after necked down versions of a larger caliber (ie 25-'06 is a necked down 30'06). Some just have weird designations like a 250 Savage which uses a .257" diameter bullet or the 270 Weatherby mag which uses a .277" diameter bullet. The famous 38 Special uses a .358" or .357" diameter bullet depending on manufacturer or load. Anyways get yourself a good reloading guide and check it out.

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Re: Did I buy the wrong components?
« Reply #5 on: January 03, 2010, 01:50:41 AM »
Well thanks for clearing that up for that me. Im brand new to reloading so Im sure Ill be starting other equally as noobish threads in here.

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Re: Did I buy the wrong components?
« Reply #6 on: January 03, 2010, 03:59:31 AM »
As stated, you are good to go.

The jacketed bullet diameter used in most calibers is 1/1000th greater in diameter (than the bore).

Why?  Bulllets don't spin if they don't have good contact with the rifling.  Bullets that don't spin cartwheel and wobble and generally don't work.


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Re: Did I buy the wrong components?
« Reply #7 on: January 03, 2010, 05:13:53 AM »
FYI - most true .22 bullets are in the 38-40 gr range. 55 gr in a .22LR would be a bit much. And I have never heard of a .22LR FMJ boat tail. They may exist, I've never heard of them. At best, .22LR are copper coated, not FMJ.

You're good to go - with the bullets anyhow. Odd that Winchester labeled them that way. Oh well. Let us know the results too.

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Re: Did I buy the wrong components?
« Reply #8 on: January 05, 2010, 06:42:17 PM »
Thanks guys I will let you all know.

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Re: Did I buy the wrong components?
« Reply #9 on: January 06, 2010, 09:30:49 PM »
As others said, those are for your 223.  I use the same bullets for plinking.