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Crappy 5.56?

Discussion in 'Ammo & Reloading' started by n8thegr8, Apr 1, 2013.

  1. n8thegr8

    n8thegr8 Sharpshooter

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    Tried running some 5.56 through my AR (16" 5.56 chambered 1:9 twist barrel, carbine gas system) this weekend for the first time, because that's all I could find at academy. I usually reload/buy .223 and have never had any jams after several thousand rounds.

    I had two 20rd PMAGs, one with Federal XM193 brown box, the other with Independence M193. I was stupid and didn't label them.

    The first magazine, I had 3 weird stovepipes where the stovepiped brass was stuck on top of a fresh round that was partially chambered (not sure if this is a normal stovepipe, like I said, I've never experienced any jams in an AR). Also, the ammo seemed dirty.

    The second magazine ran flawlessly.

    I'm inclined to say the first magazine was the Independence, as I've never had any issues with Federal ammo, but there's no way to be sure.

    What do you guys think? If nothing else, this has taught me I really need to practice some jam clearing drills, lol.
     
  2. CAR-AR-M16

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    I know several folks who have had issues with the Independance brand ammo.
     
  3. okmods

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    I've shot a few boxes of that Independence 5.56 from Academy and have had no issues at all with it except for a strong ammonia smell after firing.
     
  4. dennishoddy

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    Ammonia odor is a sign of old powder that needs to be disposed of.
    Wonder if that's what they are using?
     
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    Never had a problem with either Federal "brown box" or Independence "blue box". Can't say I have experienced the ammonia smell with either one...

    JME.

    LL
     
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    My bet is on the independence...or the mag.
     
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    I would be shocked if the ammo wasn't the Independence brand.
     
  8. n8thegr8

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    Seems to be the consensus. I was kind of hesitant to buy it anyway, but I went back the next day after I bought the federals and it was all they had left. Guess I'll just need to get a better press so I can reload faster :D
     
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    Ammonia smell? .................... be vewy, vewy careful ............. any signs of overpressure?
     
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    I didn't look for overpressure at the time, and left the brass at the range. I still have a few boxes left. I'll check for overpressure when I break these open if I notice the same smell.
     

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