Got me a Barnes Precision AR-15 last week. Incredibly sweet gun that is impressively accurate out of the box. Buying another this week when the delivery hits the LGS. Shot about 300 rounds the other day and got some brass. Seeing as ammo either ain't available, or is at kidney swap prices, I feel this should be the first thing I load on my new reloading gear. Got a Dillion 550B, RCBS Rock Chucker kit, combo powder measure/thrower, Forester case trimmer, and other items, getting ready to mount it on my bench in the garage. Been wanting to get into reloading for years, finally now got the time and money to get started.
I got all the dies, conversion sets, etc... for 40 S&W, 10 mm, and 9 mm. Main reason I bought the 550 was high volume pistol shooting. But seeing as you got to pay near $1/round for 223 these days, I am wanting to start rolling my own more than ever. Also, next time there is a knee jerk reaction in the gun industry, I plan on being in a position to care less. I am not in that position currently. Will be ordering 223 stuff this week, looks like about $250 worth of caliber specific stuff. Reading online, there seems to be mixed reviews about using the 550B for bottle neck cases. Some folks suggest an extra step, case sizing as i recall, was needing to be done on the Rock Chucker (which I got also). I got no idea, just questions at this point. Anything unique about reloading 223?
Then there is the issue of buying bullets, load recipes to try, etc... Any load suggestions to use as a starting point would be great. I don't know what powder, bullets, etc.. to even look at buying. For that matter, any suggestions of where online to buy bullets and such would be great. I can get most powders, primers, etc.. locally, but bullets are scarce in our recent political climate.
Will be shooting two Barnes rifles, both are 16" barrels with 1:8 twist, stainless Montana Rifle barrels. Emphasis on one will be a jagged hole at 100 yards, target gun only. The other will be used for plinking at short distances, higher volume shooting, seeking cheaper reloads for this gun. But the other (target) gun I will be seeking accuracy as a sole priority.
So there you have it, another guy with a bunch of reloading stuff he don't yet know how to use. With two guns and two very different applications. Don't know shet. Don't know where to buy bullets even. No idea on suitable loads for my given applications.
Thanks for your time and patience.