.223 brass with no caliber on stamp?

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    .223 brass with no caliber on stamp?

    It sure looks like .223, and the stamp says WCC, and has a little + sign in a circle. Each brass also has one of the following: "05", "06", or "07". Good to go to reload for .223?
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    Well it's NATO brass

    The + in a circle is NATO's mark, I don't know about the numbering though. I am sure that others will have more input.




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    WCC Wichester Cartridge Company,06,07,08 I believe is year of manufacture
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    WCC = Western Cartridge Company
    Circle with + = NATO
    2 digit code = year of manufacture.

    My issued ammo is marked the same way. If you're buying mixed milsurp brass, you may also see FC and LC (Federal and Lake City)
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    Since it's loaded to NATO specs, more than likey the primer is crimped.

    In which case the crimp must be removed before priming. Once you do that, you are good to go.

    WCC Winchester Cartridge Company 05,06,07 is the year of manufacture.
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    Ahh, thanks. I've scrounged some of it from the range. I'm going to cabelas tomorrow...what do I need to remove the crimp?
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    There are several ways to remove the crimp.
    The easiest and quickest is to use the Dillon swager. Its works great, but it aint cheap.

    Most of the die makers have swage dies to remove the crimp. You set them up in a press and it removes the crimp.

    You can use a reamer or a countersink, rather than swage it out, it cuts it out.
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    I got the Dillon but It's around $90.00,they also make a reamer you can use in a drill but it is slow and time consuming
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    the primer is crimped. the crimp must be removed before priming. once you do that, you are good to go. rcbs sells a hand tool to remove the crimp. well they did 20 years a go. that's when i got the one i use. is was around $3.00. now it should be around $20.00. put the pointed end into the primer hole and turn. cheap and easy.
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    Cheap...but definatley not easy...especially if you have several hundred to do...
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    Do a few with your pocket knife and you will be in the market for a crimp removing tool.

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    Dillons crimp tool

    I love it Once I get a swing to it it's the easiest way to handle the crimps. SOmething about cutting in my primmer pocket i d k just doesn't feel right. As for the cost do about a 1000 cases and it will save you the co pay for carpel tunnel surgery (ok not really but..)

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