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Posted: 3/4/2006 6:09:08 AM EDT
I want to do some experimenting....5.45mm equals what in inches?

Link Posted: 3/4/2006 7:02:19 AM EDT
[Last Edit: 3/4/2006 7:07:49 AM EDT by Mach1]
None that I'm aware of.

5.45mm = .221 diameter.

I've heard of guys swaging down .224 diameter bullets to .221.

Brass can be formed using .222 casings, resized with a full length 5.45 die, ( I think RCBS makes one) then trimmed down to proper length.

I've never tried it myself. Hopefully someone else will chime in.
Link Posted: 3/4/2006 7:08:05 AM EDT
Link Posted: 3/4/2006 5:52:24 PM EDT
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Link Posted: 4/9/2006 3:41:41 AM EDT
hey can someone clue me in as well?,...i am gearing up to get a ass load of relaoding supplys
Link Posted: 4/9/2006 9:11:41 AM EDT
Seems to me at one time I read the RWS or Dinamit noble was making boxer 5.45 but I have never seen any.

Link Posted: 4/9/2006 9:05:46 PM EDT
[Last Edit: 4/9/2006 9:13:20 PM EDT by Jetlag]
JA545 posted this on another board:

There are no brass 5.45x39mm cases on the planet. But I resize new 222 Remington brass in a RCBS 5.45x39mm dies and trim to length. Resize .224" bullets in a Lee .221" lube & size die. Then load them with a powder charge half way between the 221Rem Fireball and222Rem for the weight bullet I am using. The 5.45x39mm case capasity is 1/2 way between the two. I sent some 5.45x39mm ammo I made with Hornady 68gr hpbt match bullets to a guy in Califorina. He got sub 1" groups at 100 yards from his East German SSG-85 bolt action 5.45x39mm rifle. I shot them in one of my Romanian CUR-2 AK rifles but was really only concerned about feeding/function and fireforming the brass. I have reloaded the cases twice and only lost 3 of 100 to case splits.
for a full length sizing die set #56065 are $119.95. If you are going to shoot the ammo you make in a AK rifle make sure to order some CCI # 41 military spec small rifle primers as regular primers will give you slam fires.
Call Lee and special order a .221" lube & size die for $25.

similar thread: www.ar15.com/forums/topic.html?b=4&f=54&t=84160

useful thread with pic: gunboards.com/forums/topic.asp?TOPIC_ID=110639


Left to right. brass case made from 222 Remington with resized M-856 tracer bullet,brass case with resized 60gr hp bullet, Wolf 60gr fmj,7.62x39mm with M-25 tracer bullet.

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