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Old 06-26-2011, 08:45 AM   #1
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Federal American Eagle .223 Ammo

A friend of mine bought a new AR15 and a 200 rd bulk pack of American Eagle 55gr FMJ ammo. We went shooting together yesterday and right off the bat he had trouble. About every fourth or fifth round at random failed to fire. Plenty of dimple on the primer too. He thought his gun was malfunctioning, so I stuck a 30rd mag of Wolf in it and ripped them off like Rambo and not a single hiccup.

This Federal ammo was the definitely the budget line stuff in a black outer box with two 100rd white boxes inside, I had always seen red boxes before. It seems this is another bulk pack ammo you can not trust with your life. Sad that crappy Wolf ammo outperformed Federal.

We stuffed the unfired rounds in a mag and out of all only one fired on the second try. Dead primers.
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Old 06-26-2011, 09:50 AM   #2
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Hello,

So far, Federal's 100-Rd. Value Pack .223 55-gr. FMJ Ammo, Part Number BP223BL in the maroon colored box has been fine to the best of my knowledge, and it has enough power to reliably operate COLT AR-15s (COLT's have a smaller gas port in the barrel - unlike most of the clones which are way over gassed due to their makers using larger ports so their questionable guns will run on lower powered "cheap" non-Mil-Spec ammo).

FWIW: Excluding the above mentioned Federal Part Number BP223BL - I flat won't buy Value-Pack ammo or off brands for that matter, and it took me along, long time to try the 100-Rd. Federal stuff in the maroon box - even thow it appeared too be decent ammo and other guys were using it with great results in their COLT Rifles & Carbines, but I still inspected the bullets and measured the OAL and Rims on countless cartridges before feeling halfway content that the stuff was fairly decent (but I still worry in the back of my mind, and usually just pass on it and buy the Federal American Eagle 55-gr. FMJ (Part Number AE223) in the red 20-Rd. boxes instead).
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Guys,

I've used the Federal maroon-box 100 round Value Pack 55 grain BP223BL .223 in three AR's and found it to be totally reliable in all three, and I think it is among the most accurate common 55 grain stuff I've ever used. It also seems to shoot as clean as anything else, and it doesn't split cases or misbehave in any other way I can tell. I've used it in a Bushmaster XM15E2S (AR-15A3), a DPMS mid-length build, and a Del-Ton/DPMS M4gery.

Here is a 50 yard target I shot with it last week and posted on another thread. The target is a 100 yard SR-1 rifle target with 6 1/4" black used at 50yards standing, offhand, without sling support. I managed to score 20 of 25 shots in the black, and the other 5 were in the 8 ring, one ring out of the black. You don't do that offhand with a crappy load. The rifle was my mid-length build with 16" barrel and G.I. carry-handle sights.



From all the internet blabber I've read about it, it seems to be fairly sought after ammo. I haven't seen anything bad about it so far anyway. I found two boxes of it at WalMart yesterday and bought it. I've even been thinking about buying a quantity of it and rotating my older Guat ball ammo out in favor of it. Anyone see anything wrong with that?

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Hello Jer, thanks for your post - it just boosted my confidence in Federal's maroon box 55-gr. BP223BL and I'll get some more of it the next time it's in stock.
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