So i guess that if reformed .223 was of higher quality brass then factory Armscor then it would be a bargain?????
Anyway back to the trouble of reforming brass. I have done a few sample pieces with mixed results. First attempt was cutting the .223 shorter, deburr, lube & run thru sizing die, result was creased necks, splits or bulged shoulders.
Second attempt was cut brass, deburr, anneal, lube & size, worked better but I believe as some others on this forum in the past comments have suggested would give better results is as follows.
Clean, lube, Full length resize brass in .223 die, cut to length, deburr, anneal, lube, size in TCM die & trim to length. Yes, its considerable work and perhaps overkill, but if you found certain .223 brass to be of better quality & reload more times before neck splits then it's a good deal.
In my case I bought factory TCM brass, annealed, sized & trimmed before loading. I use damaged .223 brass from friends that shoot AR-15's for making extra TCM brass, which are loaded as separate batches from the factory brass.