I can definitely see where that could change things up. For now I need to churn out some .223. The guy advised he has had good luck with "23 grains of ramshot tac, cci primers, 75 grain amax, 2.450 OAL"
Not sure what all that means though at this point.
Soon i'll be picking up another handgun where I would just need to create some .40 range ammo.
I probably wouldn't load that round to that charge (The .223)
I would probably use .223 Commercial Cases, 55 Grain Bullets, 25.5 Grains of BL-C(2) powder, and 7-1/2 Small Rifle Primers. That will get you a pretty safe .223 Round. Its not a hot rod round at 25.5 grains of powder, but it will get the job done.
I would RECOMMEND you buy a good die set and a Factory Crimp die if you are going to use it in a semi-automatic rifle.
Things I would buy if I were you:
1. Single Stage Press - I recommend these so that you will be careful and measure everything.
2. DIGITAL SCALE - I would weigh EVERY powder charge, regardless if you have a dispenser or not.
3. Digital Calipers
4. Case Trimmer
5. Case Chamfer tool
6. Primer Pocket Cleaner Tool
7. Primer Seating tool (Either the hand style or the one that goes on your press).
8. Bullet remover hammer
9. Lots of Case Lube
11. LOTS OF READING.
Things you will find out:
Reloading manuals will VARY GREATLY. I end up using the powder charge charts off hodgdon's website. I have never had any issues following hodgdon powder recommendations and their website will let you download the charts for free. They list the pressures for the minimum charge and maximum charges. One thing I found out a while back, if you pick up a Nosler Book, Hornady Book, Sierra Book, they'll all list completely different bullet charges. At that point, I decided to use the gun powder manufacturers suggested powder charges and I've been happy ever since.
Also LEARN what bullets work well with what barrel twists. Example, don't go out and get a 75 grain .223 bullet and try shooting it out of a 1:10 twist barrel. It will never stabilize correctly.