Howa 223 reloading

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    Hi guy's, I have been shooting for a short time and brand new to the reloading game. I shot in a local bench rest comp the other week and got smashed. So i have decided to start reloading and trying to get a bit getter.

    As the title say's I am starting off reloading my Howa 223 heavy barrel. With the demise of shooting.com I lost all that fantastic information that the members had posted. The main drama I am having is working out the over all length. I have tried various methods to work out the maxium length to the lands but not sure if its right.

    I was wondering if someone could throw me a bone and let me know what OAL they are using.

    thanks jules

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    Originally posted by j-tyson" post=11016
    Hi guy's, I have been shooting for a short time and brand new to the reloading game. I shot in a local bench rest comp the other week and got smashed. So i have decided to start reloading and trying to get a bit getter.

    As the title say's I am starting off reloading my Howa 223 heavy barrel. With the demise of shooting.com I lost all that fantastic information that the members had posted. The main drama I am having is working out the over all length. I have tried various methods to work out the maxium length to the lands but not sure if its right.

    I was wondering if someone could throw me a bone and let me know what OAL they are using.

    thanks jules
    Easiest method is to buy a Hornady OAL gauge. Then take a fired shell from your rifle to a gunsmith with the correct tape.
    You could get by with the shell that hornady sell, but a fireformed case is more accurate.

    Mark
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    • El-Skippo
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      This is the exact way i did it for 10 year's till i have now got the Oal Gauge from Hornady. Howa you can assemble and disassemble with your hand... No tool's needed.

      http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Jv-D1mEI514

      You can send the Case to Stuart and Annie at BRT, for them to make your gauge nice and true. for about $20 each i think. If you have the OAL gauge. If not they sell them too quite cheap.

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    Yep, Hornady or Sinclairs OAL gauge is the best, trying to use those cowboy methods is just doesn't cut it IMO, especially if you use a few different projectiles.
    Also get yourself a set of comparators (or single if you only have a .223) for measuring to the bullet ogive.
    You also need a modified case for the OAL gauge, BRT will thread a fire formed case for you for $20 with is the best fit you can possibly get & better than the Hornady modified case if you are shooting comp!

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    • El-Skippo
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      6.90-7.00 bit and a 5/16x36 tap ( can make your own )

      I had a nice one made by Mega ( for my 6.5x47 ) I am going to have a go making a few for my other calibers. Now that I see how Mega made mine.
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