Need advice on Loadmsater turret, dies and shell plate size for 223/5.56

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Frodo9mm
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Need advice on Loadmsater turret, dies and shell plate size for 223/5.56

Postby Frodo9mm » Sun Mar 15, 2020 8:48 am

Hello Everyone -

Need advice on Loadmaster turret, dies and shell plate size for 223/5.56 -

I plan to start reloading 223 for high power rifle matches that I am getting into, and need your feedback on turret, dies and shell plate size before I order then so that I can reload with the best.

It looks like Lee recommends the following for 223 Remington:

Dies - Les Part Number - 90273
Shell plate size - 4s
Powder Measure - Auto-Drum

https://leeprecision.com/load-master-223-rem.html

You guys that have experience with this, please let me know any difference, or additional parts and setup that works best.

Thank you and Best Regards,
Frodo9mm

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Re: Need advice on Loadmsater turret, dies and shell plate size for 223/5.56

Postby CHEECH » Sun Mar 22, 2020 6:52 am

That's the setup I use although you can use the Auto Disk powder measure instead of the Auto Drum. If you decide to go that route you'll have to buy the Double Disk kit as well. There are a lot of videos on Youtube concerning the loading of 223 on the Load Master and most are very helpful. I think one thing you'll want to avoid is the case feeder though as it doesn't work too well with 223 cases.

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Re: Need advice on Loadmsater turret, dies and shell plate size for 223/5.56

Postby Frodo9mm » Fri Mar 27, 2020 12:36 pm

Hey Cheech -

Thank you for the info and for the price difference, i will just get the Auto Drum, i think.

I will create a post was I set it up.

Thx, Frodo9mm.

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Re: Need advice on Loadmsater turret, dies and shell plate size for 223/5.56

Postby tunaman » Sat Mar 28, 2020 10:04 am

I have had better luck with some powders using the AutoDisc over the Auto Drum. Dont just get the AutoDrum and expect it to work. Try the Autodisc first. Also, get one or two of Magic Mikes Turrets if you are serious about quality ammo. They are the cats' meow if you have a Loadmaster.

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Re: Need advice on Loadmsater turret, dies and shell plate size for 223/5.56

Postby Horseman » Fri Apr 03, 2020 10:11 pm

Not sure, but by your question you seem to be pretty new to this. And we don't know what other equipment you have. But to reload, well, pretty much anything but especially bottleneck rounds, you'll need case prep tools and a few other essential items. Can I assume you have a powder scale? Load manuals? A way to check cartridge OAL and such. You will find about all this equipment and methods in the first part of any reliable reloading manual. Read it. Several times. Understand what you'll be doing and the why's. If you already have this experience and knowledge then please disregard my mentioning it, just trying to be of help.

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Re: Need advice on Loadmsater turret, dies and shell plate size for 223/5.56

Postby Frodo9mm » Sun Jun 28, 2020 9:50 am

Thank you for the info. I got my Loadmaster setup for 223 with the deluxe die kit and auto-drum powder measure. This is my second Lee Loadmaster press.

I have been reloading 9mm pistol on the first one for about six years, when I first joined this forum. But do not mind saying that I am new to bottleneck round reloading.

However, I am using a Lyman 500 scale that I bought over 30 years ago, when I just got out of college and got into shotgun reloading. It has been through several moves with me, but because I've taken care of it, it is still dead on and looks brand new.

So, compared to some of you, I guess I am pretty new to all this. Yes, I always use a case gauge, calipers, I work my loads up from published data.

I am currently doing load development for heavier 223 loads for NRA High-power competition out to 600 yards. I use a Caldwell chrono during load development to compare and work my loads up to get like results between my reloads, and factory like the Black Hills TMK 5.56 77 and 69 Gr. Sierra
line of Ammo.

So, I guess you are asking, "what kind of platform do you have to push out those rounds with accuracy, that far"? My current competition service rifle is built around a White Oak Arms A4 Service Stainless Steel Heavy Barrel with a 1 in 7 twist. Kind of like this one:

https://www.whiteoakarmament.com/a4-service-rifle-optic-upper-post-ban-1-7.html

I will try and post some images, share some of these things I am doing. Here is photo of the current config of my press:

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I really like the lights and they are made by KMS Squared, a Veteran Owned, American company -
https://kmssquared.com/products.html

Thanks again.

Respecfully,
Frodo9mm


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