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Thread: Using a .223 case for .308 bullets a different way

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    Using a .223 case for .308 bullets a different way

    Someone has probably thought of this but here goes; how about cutting the neck off of the .223 brass leaving the shoulder on. then cut the base off leaving a brass tube with the shoulder still connected. Then anneal. after annealing, push into a die that you custom made to flatten the shoulder area into a basic jacket. The area where the point would be formed would be would have a thick case wall. could this work? I'm sure it would take some work.
    Has anyone tried this?

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    Cut 223 can definitely be converted to jackets. More effectively to .338 since it's in the .37x" range I believe, but you can definitely draw it down further since it would be run through a couple draws anyway to get to the .338 jacket realm

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    Quote Originally Posted by bigjake View Post
    Someone has probably thought of this but here goes; how about cutting the neck off of the .223 brass leaving the shoulder on. then cut the base off leaving a brass tube with the shoulder still connected. Then anneal. after annealing, push into a die that you custom made to flatten the shoulder area into a basic jacket. The area where the point would be formed would be would have a thick case wall. could this work? I'm sure it would take some work.
    Has anyone tried this?
    I suspect that it would result in a bullet that is too long and heavy to stabilize, unless you're talking about shooting an empty .223 case out of a .308.

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    You mean like this?
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    Yes, like that. The last example in the photo, "base of pistol bullet". The shoulder of the .223 case is the bottom of the pistol bullet.

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