small base .223 dies for my AR 15?

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  1. green river

    green river New Member

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    I'm new to the AR world and want to start reloading for it. Do I need to get small base dies or use regular full length dies?

    Thanks for your time!
  2. steve4102

    steve4102 Former Guest

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    You might. I have 3 AR-15 and several other semi-autos and none of them require a Small Base die, that said, yours may.
  3. NuJudge

    NuJudge New Member

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    If you buy surplus fired brass, you may need a small base die to return it to something like normal size.
  4. medalguy

    medalguy Member

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    Nope, I'll wager standard dies will work just fine. I reload tons for several 223 rifles and use standard dies. Never had any problems whatever. However, as stated, your milage may vary.

    I would load about 20 rounds and try 'em out and see, but I bet they will feed just fine. If they do, load a couple hundred and have a fun day at the range.
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