Reloading 223 Rem/5.56 Nato – Interactive Data Tables
Below is an interactive data table for reloading 223 Rem / 5.56 NATO based on Hodgon’s reloading data. We hope this will be a helpful resource as you put together new loads. If you find this helpful, let us know! We would love to expand this to include more calibers.
Here at Myhuntingear.com we love data, we love reloading, and we love the 223 Rem/5.56 NATO caliber. When researching reloading information it is common to have, what seams like, a dozen or so tabs open in the web browser. Each tab with a different data source, each more difficult to navigate than the last. In this post we are trying to simplify your (and our) lives a small degree.
As always be smart and safe when reloading. Double check all load data and use the manufactures recommended loads for the 223 Rem Caliber.
We know that you are mostly here for the data, but we do want to share a few other recommendations when reloading 223 Winchester. These guidelines apply across most calibers, but since we are talking mostly about reloading the common 223 Rem 5.556 NATO we have tailored these suggestions.
Selecting a reloading press for reloading 223 Rem/5.56 NATO:
Selecting a reloading press can sometimes leave people with doubt because they are unsure if they selected the best one for their needs. Lets face it, reloading equipment is expensive and we want the most bang for our buck! Selecting a reloading press can be difficult and you may be asking some of the following questions:
- Do I need a progressive press?
The short answer is no, you don’t need a progressive press. Especially if you are getting started, go with a basic high quality option. You will be reloading 223 for years to come! The press that I use is still a basic RCBS Partner Press. Reloading 223 Win is fun! Getting a press for less than $ 100 is a great option. If budget is not a concern for you, there are some incredible presses available.
- How much should I pay?
The cost of reloading press varies from one reloading press to the other. Although the region sometimes determines the cost of the reloading press, size is the most determining aspect. Prices may vary due to from single press, progressive press, and a turret press. The progressive press comes with inflated prices as it can perform many functions as compared to other types of reloading press in the industry. A single reloading press is cheap and easily accessible.
The following are some factors to consider when choosing the best reloading press for your needs.
1. Consider your shooting practice
The number of times you will be loading ammunition and shooting is a crucial determinant to the reloading press you would prefer. Loading a lot of ammo and shooting on a frequent basis, you will require an ergonomic reload press so that it can be comfortable on your hand. Moreover, frequent loading and shooting require that you invest heavily in your reloading press to increase its effectiveness.
2. Consider your gun collection
Do you plan on reloading calibers other than the 223 Rem? The other types of calibers you plan to reload is an essential determinant when one is choosing a reloading press. Ammunition varies in size and a large majority of presses only accept limited sizes. If you buy a press specifically to load 223 Win/5.56 NATO, don’t expect to start reloading 50 BMG on the same press! It is important to consider a reloading press that will either do many sizes that will fit your firearm needs or select one with only the size you need. Understandably the price will go up the more sizes the press offers and vice versa.
3. Space Considerations
Space considerations always come into play when the size of the item under consideration is of concern. The modern reloading press can be quite tall. Before buying a reloading press, you should evaluate the amount of space that you have. People with workshops and large garages should not be as concerned about the size of the reloading press. Moreover, the stable mounting arrangement that is necessary for presses also takes an ample amount of space. Consider the amount of space that you have at your disposal before making a decision on which reload press you want to purchase.
While reloading 223, or any other caliber, you will have a variety of tools, notebooks, supplies, etc which you will want to keep close at hand. Make sure you have plenty of space and storage to make your life easier.
4. Time vs. Money
Individuals with sufficient time to practice using a press might want to consider a cheaper press. A cheaper press does not mean poor quality but rather sometimes just time consumption. If someone wishes to spend less time using a press then they should consider spending more money on an automatic press.
To wrap it all up, one has to consider the factors highlighted above before choosing a presser. Reloading presses available on the market are different in regards to quality, cost, effectiveness, compatibility, and amount of space required. Therefore, it is important that you choose what works for you so that you can optimize your shooting practices.
We recommend only buying what is need for your purposes. No need to get carried away when reloading 223 Rem.
Collaboration between Roy and Annie Grace Wilson. Annie did all of the heavy lifting with this post and I added some of my personal experience and recommendations reloading 223 Rem. Annie is a Public Relations Specialist for Diamond K Brass. She regularly produces content for a variety of blogs that cover topics from reloading press information and tips to ammunition and firearm safety.
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