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post #1 of 11 (permalink) Old 07-11-2017, 08:32 PM Thread Starter
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Trimming 5.56 brass

Do you guys trim your 5.56 brass every time you reload it? This is just plinking ammo. All my hunting ammo is all set up.
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post #2 of 11 (permalink) Old 07-11-2017, 09:03 PM
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Only trim if it needs it(measures above max length). Take a few random pieces and measure them, if they're all within spec you probably don't need to trim any.
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It depends how consistent you need the ammo to be, and if you crimp you pretty much need to trim. If you're just blasting it at 30 yard targets then you probably won't notice any difference.

I always trim, and always crimp - but I load pretty small volumes, and I don't load for 223/5.56.

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post #4 of 11 (permalink) Old 07-11-2017, 09:48 PM
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I measure over all case length. Most of the time I don't have to trim any. As Marcus99 said if measures above max length trim it.
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It depends how consistent you need the ammo to be, and if you crimp you pretty much need to trim. If you're just blasting it at 30 yard targets then you probably won't notice any difference.

I always trim, and always crimp - but I load pretty small volumes, and I don't load for 223/5.56.

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Well, on the one hand AR's can be pretty omnivorous and eat up most anything you feed them. OTOH semi-autos definitely suffer more from missfeeds if the brass is less than perfect.

Since you are going to the trouble of reloading - I would take the extra step and trim it as well - the resultant ammo will be more consistent, and therefore ought to be more accurate.

Good luck either way.
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I trim if its over... or if I am making something specific and I want everything the same measurement.
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Trim if its over.

Every day you see it on the news. Another felons life needlessly spared by inaccurate fire.

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post #9 of 11 (permalink) Old 07-14-2017, 06:59 AM
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I agree with the majority in that I only trim if it's over.
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post #10 of 11 (permalink) Old 07-28-2017, 01:40 PM
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I trim mine every time because it's often mixed in with freshly gathered range brass. WFT makes it super quick and easy.
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