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Herrin811  [Member]
4/16/2009 2:20:06 PM
Do i need to reload 1000 45ACP and 1000 5.56/.223???

And what primers do I need for those?

Have a guy who will do the reloading for free (or a case of Killians) if I bring him the stuff to do it....I have a ton of brass already, and Im diggin around for the rest of my needs.......Never reloaded before so I need a little guidance in getting the right components and quantities...Thanx


(is it even worth trying to do this? or should I just buy new?)
mcg3686  [Member]
4/16/2009 2:24:10 PM
7000 gr = 1lb of powder

you need to find out what type of powder you are going to use, then find out how much per round and do the math.
im loading 22gr and it ended up being like ~350 rounds or something like that when I calculated it per lb.

223 is small rifle primer.



cant talk on 45 haven't touched that round yet
GHPorter  [Team Member]
4/16/2009 2:27:56 PM
.45ACP takes large pistol primers, while .223/5.56mm takes small rifle primers.

As for how much powder you need, first you have to determine what load or loads you want to make up. Read up in ALL your loading manuals until you find the loads that meet your criteria for bullet type and weight and expected velocity. Since you apparently don't have the powder at the moment, figure out which powder and charge is best for what you want to to, and be choosy with it.

Let's say, for argument, that your best choice for a .45 load took 6.5gr of "BrandX" pistol powder. Bearing in mind that there are 7,000 grains per pound, you could get 1,000 rounds of this load out of 1 pound of powder.

Rifle loads like the .223 use a lot more powder-and of course it's RIFLE powder. Let's say you go through all your loading books and decide on a load for your 55gr FMJs with 25.0 gr of "RifleX" rifle powder. Divide 7,000 by 25 to get how many rounds per pound (7000/25=280), and then, doing the rest of the math, you know that you'll need slightly less than 4 pounds (3.57 pounds) of that powder for 1,000 rounds.
Keith_J  [Team Member]
4/16/2009 2:36:43 PM
For .45 ACP, 5 grains of N320 for 1000 rounds requires 5/7 of a pound.

For .223 Rem, 25 grains of Varget, 25,000 grains is 25/7 pounds or a bit over 3 pounds for 1000 rounds.

Math is easy. No need to get a calculator.
chrisben  [Member]
4/16/2009 2:37:22 PM
Depends on what powder you'll be using. There's 7000 grains in a pound, so you can do the math pretty easy.
For .223, if your load of choice was 24 grains of Reloader 15, That would give you 291 rounds per pound. thud you'd need approx 3.5 pounds for 1000 rounds of 223.
For .45, if you use 7 grains of Bullseye, you'd get 1000 Rounds per pound.

Your powder charge will vary depending on the projectile chosen.

This number is not to be used as a formula for reloading, consult a reputable reloading manual for a good recipie.
(I just took a sample from Alliant's reloading guide located at http://glarp.atk.com/2009/2009_Catalogs/AlliantPowderReloadersGuide.pdf)

Best at this point to do a little more reading about what all is involved in shosing a load, there are several good reloading cost spreadsheets, available via a simple google search, that will do the rounds per pound calculation for you, if math isn't your forte.

Chris
Herrin811  [Member]
4/16/2009 2:46:40 PM
Originally Posted By GHPorter:
.45ACP takes large pistol primers, while .223/5.56mm takes small rifle primers.

As for how much powder you need, first you have to determine what load or loads you want to make up. Read up in ALL your loading manuals until you find the loads that meet your criteria for bullet type and weight and expected velocity. Since you apparently don't have the powder at the moment, figure out which powder and charge is best for what you want to to, and be choosy with it.

Let's say, for argument, that your best choice for a .45 load took 6.5gr of "BrandX" pistol powder. Bearing in mind that there are 7,000 grains per pound, you could get 1,000 rounds of this load out of 1 pound of powder.

Rifle loads like the .223 use a lot more powder-and of course it's RIFLE powder. Let's say you go through all your loading books and decide on a load for your 55gr FMJs with 25.0 gr of "RifleX" rifle powder. Divide 7,000 by 25 to get how many rounds per pound (7000/25=280), and then, doing the rest of the math, you know that you'll need slightly less than 4 pounds (3.57 pounds) of that powder for 1,000 rounds.




Thanks everyone, thats quite a bit of info and gives me some direction to look.....Ah, so much for simplicity Ill dig around some of the tacked links, and i guess Id better head to the store to see what i can get my hands on....

Im hoping to get about half fmj and half M855, and for the 45 im looking for the bulk to be fmj with a couple hundred jhp...Thats well over $1500 worth bought new,so I hope to cut that cost down considerably......Even if it comes down to pre 11/4 prices thats a savings....




DirtyDrew  [Member]
4/17/2009 12:24:45 PM
Are you comfortable betting your guns on his reloading ability? It can be done but the general rule is to not shoot other folks reloads in your guns. I cant judge as I too have loaded for some friends. Lets hope he doesnt start on the case of Killians until after he finishes!
Tromatic  [Team Member]
4/17/2009 1:07:19 PM
Originally Posted By Herrin811:
Do i need to reload 1000 45ACP and 1000 5.56/.223???

And what primers do I need for those?

Have a guy who will do the reloading for free (or a case of Killians) if I bring him the stuff to do it....I have a ton of brass already, and Im diggin around for the rest of my needs.......Never reloaded before so I need a little guidance in getting the right components and quantities...Thanx


(is it even worth trying to do this? or should I just buy new?)


If he is doing the reloading, shouldn't he know what you need? Good luck.............