It’s time for Part 7 in the series I’ve been covering on the RCBS Pro Chucker 5. This time we’ll get down-and-dirty loading .223 Remington, something any AR-15 owner will be interested in! I like to show different loading setups in each blog/video, and this time I thought I would try the “.223 equivalent” of my awesome AR-10 308 Winchester loading setup. This setup will be different, but I really like the addition of the Redding Instant Indicator when loading rifle ammunition on progressive reloading presses, so I made sure to include that here.
Here’s the die setup that I put together for .223 on the Pro Chucker 5:
And the per-die-station details:
- RCBS .223 Remington sizer/de-primer
- Redding Instant Indicator
- RCBS Uniflow powder measure (rifle metering insert installed)
- RCBS Powder Checker (rod installed with no tip, inverted with threads at the top)
- Hornady .223 Remington bullet seater with micrometer stem and custom vent hole (see above “5”)
This proved to be a very smooth setup for loading .223 Remington. I can monitor brass trim length in station 2 at the top of each stroke. With the Instant Indicator set to 0.000″ for the desired trim-to length of 1.750″ I know I can see up to .010″ indicated and still be within spec (max length = 1.760″). This is a great way to measure brass length because when you size the brass it will lengthen slightly. Measuring it just after sizing ensures that actual loaded brass length is what you are measuring, not pre-sized length. The TC sizing die is specifically setup to minimize brass growth (lengthening), another important aspect of this reloading setup.
The proof is always in the results! The RCBS Pro Chucker 5 rewards you with a unique “clink” sound each time a cartridge slides down the metal chute into the completed cartridge bin – a great sound. And it’s always satisfying to hold some of your own custom loads:
A picture may be worth a thousand words, but a video is worth 16,200 pictures in this case (that’s the total frame count for this video 🙂 ). Check out the complete start to finish process for full progressive loading:
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