it was high quality WINCHESTER ammunition. I was wondering how my rifle will handle the high quality ammunition after I have been feeding it the cheap stuff for years. Well I made arrangements to shoot at a remote location where it was quiet and peaceful..(Thanks Mac). Well to do a good evaluation, I pulled out some of my different kinds of ammo so there could be a good comparison.
Winchester .223 64 grain
Winchester 5.56 M855 62 grain
Tula Arms 5.56 55 grain FMJ
Monarch 5.56 55 grain Steel case FMJ
American Eagle 5.56 M193 55 grain FMJ
Winchester .223 55 Grain Varmint X
A bit about my Rifle, it is an AR pattern rifle chambered in 223/5.56 made by E.A. arms in LA. I purchased it in 1991 when I first got out of the service. The rifle was set up when I bought it as an "Original pattern AR"
The first one I shot was the "Monarch" steel case, stuff I got from Academy, very cheap and here is some information on the type of ammo.
Monarch is not an actual manufacturer, it is Academy's house brand. The brass cased ammo is made by PPU in Serbia and the steel jacketed ammo is made by Barnaul in Russia. I purchased this ammunition as my "last ditch" stock before the bayonet and entrenching tool came out. Well I fired it first and it shot well, I had no feeding problems with the cheap ammunition or the magazines and the accuracy was "ok" there was a bit of variation on the target, but for my purposes, no complaints.
The second group of ammunition was the Winchester M855 green tip 62 grain rounds. I could tell a bit of difference in the sound my buffer spring made in the buttstock. It don't sound scientific but I can tell the M855's were a "hotter" round than the usual 55 grain M193 stuff my rifle uses. The round shot consistant and the groupings were good and the rifle and magazines and rifle functioned flawlessly.
The next round of ammunition I shot was was Tula Arms. This is the cheap ammo you can buy in Wallyworld and other places. I bought it to fill my stock of ammunition. I never fired it until now. I have had no problems in the past feeding cheap ammo through my rifle...I have learned a long time ago, my rifle isn't a picky eater and will ingest whatever I load into the magazine. Well I was surprised by the results...I had problems...I had these...
I had several stovepipes and doublefeeds and several of these..
Grouping was ok...when it fired...I could hit a man sized target if necessary...but it was inconsistant. My troy magazines did feed the rounds like they were supposed to, but if I had to depend on this ammo in a SHTF scenario...I was in trouble. Needless to say...I will not buy it anymore and what stock of Tula I do have will be expended ASAP and I will save my .22 adapter and .22's for after I have exhausted my stock of Tula. I would not purchase this ammunition in the future.
Well after the disaster of the Tula run, I switched to the Winchester 55 grain .223 Rem Polymer tip rapid expansion varmint X ammunition. This ammo was developed to take out "critters" like prairie dogs, and other related vermin. The round is more powerful, I can tell that from the way my buffer spring reacted inside the stock of my rifle. I had no ballistic clay so I couldn't tell you what the wound channel would look like. The ammunition had a soft tip so I will make the assumption that it will expand pretty well inside some critter maximizing the kinetic energy transfer and ensuring the effectivity of the shot. The accuracy and grouping was good and the rounds cycled well through the rifle.
I than switched up to the Winchester Super X .223 Remington 64 grain power-point rounds, this round was designed to take on deer and antelope. I am sure they will also expand well inside some deer related animals. They also fed well and cycled well. The accuracy was good they grouped well for my purposes and my rifle digested them with no problems. I was pleased with this run.
I then switched my Rifle to its "old" upper and barrel. for the American Eagle M193 55 Grain FMJ. I figured I would go "old School" for that ammo, even down to the magazine:
The American Eagle ammunition functioned as it should, grouping was good and performance was consistent for the type of ammunition used. My rifle ingested the 55 grain FMJ like it was supposed to with no jams or hiccups even with an old magazines. Of course I didn't fill it up either so I am sure that wasn't a factor. I used to load in the service M196 tracer in the first round and the last 2 rounds to let me know that I was nearing the end of my magazine and I would only load 28 rounds even though the capacity was "30".
You can buy ammunition from Ammoman, the Link is Here for ammo! for 5.56/.223
I also had gotten some .32 Auto FMJ from Eric. I used my little Czech CZ-50 for the Pistol shooting.
I did notice that the ammunition discolored the brass, I think they are "hot" rounds...I wonder if that caused a "cycle" issue.
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.32 ACP (Automatic Colt Pistol), also known as the .32 Automatic is a centerfire pistol cartridge. It is a semi-rimmed, straight-walled cartridge developed by firearms designer John Browning, initially for use in the FN M1900 semi-automatic pistol. It was introduced in 1899 by Fabrique Nationale, and is also known as the 7.65×17mm Browning SR or 7.65 mm Browning.
In conclusion, I really enjoyed the experience, of course a bad day at the range beats a good day at work. I do want to thank Eric@ammoman.com for the ammunition and I also want to thank Mac and Jackie for providing me the venue and the camaraderie for the shoot.