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Old 12-09-2009, 10:24 PM
JohnnieDavis JohnnieDavis is online now
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Default .223 handload question

Hi all, I was looking for a handload to duplicate Lake City .223. I'm going to basic training in March and I just want a load to duplicate what I'll be using there. I already have a great load worked up for my AR, but I basically want LC without paying for it.

thanks for any advise!

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Old 12-10-2009, 07:41 AM
78jeep 78jeep is offline
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JD, sad to say but you won't really shoot that much. the Marines have the most marksmanship training, the other branches teach less, and only go to 300 yards on pop up targets, Marines go to 500 on paper tagets. as for you training, shoot what ya got, know your rifle, know how to adjust the sights with out having to look. know how to use a sling (they won't teach you ) and have a good prone position. the rifle they give you in basic will most likely be well worn, and will have a single stage 8 or 9lbs trigger, should be a standard A-2. just shoot, rounds down range makes the best teacher. relax and you will do just fine. HTH
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Old 12-10-2009, 07:44 AM
GYUSMC GYUSMC is offline
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Don't worry about trying to duplicate LC. Your not going to be taking your weapon to boot camp with you. Concentrate on weapons handling, and basic marksmanship skills. They will teach you the rest. You allready have a "great load" for your AR. Use it to practice with before you go, and good luck.
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Old 12-11-2009, 05:56 AM
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What branch are you joining Davis? Better get used to being called by your last name alone till you get a little rank.
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Old 12-11-2009, 05:10 PM
MXLMAX MXLMAX is offline
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LOL, I remember a lot of guys called by a lot of "last Names"......"puke", "panty waste", "lady" and the list goes on. +1 on the used rifles with the HEAVY trigger pulls and the previous advice, all good......they are all true! Thanks for serving.
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Old 12-12-2009, 01:51 PM
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Johnnie, if it's the Army where you're heading and you're not in a combat MOS, you won't be doing much shooting with live ammo. Although I was in 85'-89', and maybe things have changed, I shoot more in a month now on my own than I did in my entire 4 years of active duty. And that was with the 82nd ABN.

They'll teach you everything you need to know in basic. Concentrate on getting in the best shape you can for the time being. If you can't knock out 60-80 pushups and sit-ups and run 4 miles at an 8 minute pace I'd work on that.
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Old 12-12-2009, 11:03 PM
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BTW -- thank you for your service!! All very ggod advise above .. get in shape -- the shooting will come later!!
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Old 12-13-2009, 03:23 AM
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"...going to basic training in March..." It'll be a while before you even see a rifle. Keep your mouth shut, your ears open and do exactly what you're told, fast. 'Basic' weeds out the unfit. Any skills you have now don't matter. That comes later.
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Old 12-13-2009, 08:03 PM
Ballbags (Again) Ballbags (Again) is offline
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I use 25.5 grains ofAA2230 that got me real close to LC but the accuracy suffered something terrible
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Old 12-16-2009, 10:47 AM
jhud jhud is offline
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they all said it,, you cant duplicate M193.

You can get close
Use LC brass, CCI #41 primers, M193 pulled bullets and powder (wc-844/H335)

25grs should work fine
Speers data says 26 max with a magnum primer. This is too much IMO

25.5 grs of H335 (or Wc-844 from pats)
on a 90 degree summer day, was clocked at 3100 fps from a 20" 1/12 colt
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