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Is anyone out there running a diet of of reloads thru their ACR?

Many years ago, (and I mean many) I used to run reloads thru my Colt SP1. 24.5grns of H335 behind winchester 55grn FMJ's. It is a light loading but it cycled the rifle reliably and was fairly accurate for what they were. (3-4 inch at 100yrds) I have not tryed it in an ACR.

Well, now that I'm shooting more, and the price of factory ammo is very prohibitive to the old 400-500 round range sessions I used to do, I was thinking about getting back into reloading.

Please share your observations if your using reloads in your ACR.

DISCLAIMER: The above listed load was safe to use in MY rifle. Use standard precautions before using it for your rifle(s)
 

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I am not currently, BUT I will in the future. a friend of mine currently reloads his 223 AR. I use his equipment to reload 30-06. Its a nice Dillon
 

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I have been reloading for a lot of years and plan on feeding my new ACR reloads as well I have a ton of IMI 55gr. pills. I will try some of my Hornady 75 gr after I break the ACR in.
 

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i have been reloading. using h335 behind the 62 gr bullet the military uses. i load mine to match the vel the m855 has so its a little "unsafe" but no different than going out and buying the factory made m855. prep the brass correctly and constantly check your loads you will be fine. i have shot a ton of them through my acr but what i have shot have done just fine.
 

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My Dillon 1050 churns out most, probably 90%, of my shooting fodder. My single stage accounts for maybe around another 5% for match loads and such and the rest would be factory loads.

In 5.56 I use 55-62gr surplus tips mostly, whatever was the cheapest or on sale at the time. H335 or WC844 bulk. Surplus LC cases. Wolf primers. It's a cheap diet but works for what I need it to do and is as accurate if not more as anything else out there, comparatively.
 

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Except for the first 20 rounds I've run nothing but reloads through my ACR; everything from ARMSCOR 55gr FMJ BT to Hornady 60 gr V-max to assortied 62 gr FMJ. All has worked as advertised. No real observations/accuracy testing done yet since I'm still playing with differents loads for the various pojectiles but I can say they have performed better out of the box in the ACR than I expected.
 

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I am running nothing but my reloads though mine. Run's flawlessly so far! BTW 24.5grs WC844 behind 55 gr FMJBT Isreali Surplus and Wolf Small Rifle primers.
 

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Yeah, 90% of what I run is reload. I run 69gr JHPBT, 55gr FMJ works just fine. I like that I can adjust the loads. May try using my ACR for 3 Gun.
 

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Yup....55 gr Hornady Vmax on Lapua Match Brass & 24.6 gr of Varget..shoots great!
how much did that lapua brass cost? My winchester was not cheap but id like something better. I had some federal I reloaded in. 308 and like it. I think lapua is right up here with federal in terms of quality.
 

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i've asked for it once, ill ask it again of one of you reloading types: raufoss 5.56 or something that will take down a gorilla in 5.56:)
 

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how much did that lapua brass cost? My winchester was not cheap but id like something better. I had some federal I reloaded in. 308 and like it. I think lapua is right up here with federal in terms of quality.
LC brass is actually pretty good on its own. IIRC my match days the Lapua brass was heavier and has less case capacity though I may be remembering it wrong. If you really want to get something out of your loads the key is consistency. Hand weigh each case into batches. Uniform your primer pocket, debur the flash hole, and neck turn. Use a comparator to seat each round to the same depth off the lands. Each step is incremental and might save a fraction of an inch but it all adds up to less stringers in the group. Welcome to the world of the tedious!
 

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how much did that lapua brass cost? My winchester was not cheap but id like something better. I had some federal I reloaded in. 308 and like it. I think lapua is right up here with federal in terms of quality.
It was around $62 at Cabelas when I bought it last year. I intended tot use it for my RRA NM at my 600 yd range with some 80gr Amax bullets. I loaded up about 15 rounds of the 55grs ...honestly at 50 & 100 yds it wasn't any more accurate than the Federal bulk ammo, which I was kind of expecting at that short flight time.
 

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I was reloading some. 308 and thought I put too much powder in the federal brass so I remeasured it. I figured it had less capacity than the regular remington stuff I had just filled. I think it was federal gold. Im pretty interested to see how mine will shoot. I mostly got it to run all the 5.56 I can't use in my. 223 that I have collected. It seems like it could be a pretty accurate rifle
 

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I run around 99% reloads out of mine, mostly Sierra 55 grain spitzer/Winchester 748 powder and LC brass. It is pretty economical for me, I get an unlimited supply of free LC once fired brass due to my job and it works great. The only down side is de-crimping the primer pockets.

I have fired around 150 rounds of M855 through it with no issues. I keep all of my Rifles loaded with 855 in the safe so I just wanted to make sure it ran through the ACR without any hiccups.
 

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Not yet, But I found a guy here locally that does a lot of reloading and will trade me my brass for reloads in whatever configuration I like. Anyone have a good recommendation? I was thinking either 55gr or 62gr, with maybe a little extra powder. As long as it's accurate and cycles well I am good with anything for just plinking
 

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Not yet, But I found a guy here locally that does a lot of reloading and will trade me my brass for reloads in whatever configuration I like. Anyone have a good recommendation? I was thinking either 55gr or 62gr, with maybe a little extra powder. As long as it's accurate and cycles well I am good with anything for just plinking
Go with whatever gets you the better deal. I'd say as long as it's the same trade value, go for 62gr. It seems to stablize better anyway.
 
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