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Please give feedback on your PERSONAL experience with Federal .223 ammunition

I have not had any problems with this ammunition

I have had minor problems with this ammunition, but will continue to use it

I have had major problems with this ammunition, and will not use it anymore




(708)  94.15%

(30)  3.99%

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Zhukov
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Posted: 7/5/2006 2:14:34 PM
[Last Edit: 1/2/2007 11:27:34 AM by Zhukov]
THE ORIGINAL THREAD HAS BEEN ARCHIVED. IF YOU HAVE VOTED IN THE PREVIOUS POLL, PLEASE DO NOT VOTE AGAIN.

LINK TO ARCHIVED THREAD In time, I hope to restore the comments from that thread, but in the meantime you'll have to be a team member to access the content archive.

Please add your personal experience with Federal .223 ammunition to this thread. When you do, please give information about:
1) Ammunition used
2) Firearm used in
3) Approximate number of rounds fired.

Archived thread results:
377 votes
345 positive
17 mixed
15 bad

In this thread, I would like to limit discussion to all .223 loadings (XM193 is covered in another thread), including the "American Eagle" brand. I know this is kind of a broad area, but I don't want to create a zillion posts for every variant.

For more information about this ammunition, please visit the Federal website

I am trying to solicit only information about your PERSONAL experience with this ammunition. If you haven't used it, then please don't clutter up the thread. Information about proper functioning (or lack thereof) is obviously the most important, but factors such as the accuracy or other peculiarities you've noticed are informative also. If you have had problems with this ammo which were severe enough to cause you to stop using this ammo, then please describe them.
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Posted: 7/5/2006 2:23:07 PM
I have shot several thousand rounds of AE FMJBT through my RR M4 type and a DPMS M4 type rifle without any issues. I have noticed a ammonia smell but nothing terrible. Seemed accurate enough. I paid $2.99/20 about 3 years ago but I have not purchased any since.
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Posted: 7/5/2006 2:28:32 PM
AE .223
Bushmaster 16"
500

Informally tested AE .223 & Wolf .223 side-by-side @ 100 yds to decide which would become my preferred plinking ammo. Both fed well, AE had tighter groupings for me.
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Posted: 7/5/2006 4:49:41 PM
just ordered 3000 rnds of AE223 55 FMJ.

only had one problem w/ a new mag in which caused the bullet to slam into the m4 feed ramps....easy fix and no other problems and might also add that the rifle was almost completely dry

colt hbar 16" 1/9 twist
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Posted: 7/5/2006 5:16:14 PM
200rds. so far.
16in.carbine 1/9 twist
16in. mid/length.1/7twist
20in. lt./wt. 1/12 twist.
Pretty clean, no issues, goes where I point it.
Got to try it in 1 more gun, if it groups I will stock up on it.
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Posted: 7/5/2006 5:28:32 PM
500ish rounds through 1/9 midlength. No functioning issues, hit's where I aim. Much nicer shooting suppressed than most other loads I've tried. Significantly less smokey.
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Posted: 7/5/2006 8:11:20 PM
I have run many thousand rounds of Federal American Eagle .223 through my AR (20" A2 style). I've had some that was FC commercial headstamped and some that was LC with the NATO cross. Seems all loaded to the same (moderate) level. No problems, accuracy what you'd expect from value priced ammo, decently clean and not too smelly. Brass is good for reloading. Its reasonably priced at my local Sportsman's Warehouse ($3.99 a box with a $1 discount per 5 boxes). I will definitely buy more as long as they have it in stock. The only value priced ammo I prefer over this stuff is Winchester white box, when I can find it.
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Posted: 7/5/2006 11:35:48 PM
I've fired several hundred rounds through my hybrid machine with 16" 1:9 barrel. The federal is its favorite. It is the most accurate that goes through it. It chronos at 2970fps so at close range it should do its job on BGs.
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Posted: 7/5/2006 11:50:55 PM
We fire many tens of thousands of rounds of the 55gr AE through our SWAT team Colts (M4's and M16's) and department patrol rifles (Bushmaster Dissipator) every year. We rarely experience any ammunition related problems.

I have fired over a thousand rounds of the 55gr AE through two RRA's that I own with no problems.
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Posted: 7/6/2006 12:51:23 AM
I have shot 850 rounds of 62gr. FC stamped FMJ Federal American Eagle ammo through my M16/M4A1 rifle without a single malfunction. I would buy it again.
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Posted: 7/7/2006 1:49:59 PM
more acurate than wolf, reliable no problems, good zombie ammo
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Posted: 7/7/2006 2:23:03 PM
I like the AE 55 grain better than the LC XM-193. I use it in CMP club matches out to 200 yrds and it shoots better from my ARs than does "Gold Medal" match at shorter ranges.
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Posted: 7/9/2006 3:00:50 PM
fired about 1000 rounds,good stuff
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Posted: 7/17/2006 2:19:04 PM
Local shop has a good deal on it so I picked up a couple cases and took them to the range. Shot great through a RR Entry Tactical M4(ish). Will continue to buy more.
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Posted: 7/17/2006 5:22:19 PM
Almost done with my 1000rd case, and no malfs WHATSOEVER. It's very accurate, functions 100%, and seems consistently charged.

+1 on the ammonia smell, though. Sometimes I get gassed through the CH when the gun gets dirty, and the smell wakes me up QUICK!
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Posted: 7/19/2006 1:24:51 AM
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Originally Posted By Beltfedleadhead:
Almost done with my 1000rd case, and no malfs WHATSOEVER. It's very accurate, functions 100%, and seems consistently charged.

+1 on the ammonia smell, though. Sometimes I get gassed through the CH when the gun gets dirty, and the smell wakes me up QUICK!


+1

at 200 rds through an A3M4 with 14.5 inch chromed lined 1/8 barrel. Great accuracy for moderately price ammo but the Ammonia IS heavy.
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Posted: 7/24/2006 8:29:01 PM
nice, very nice ammo. accurate, clean, reasonably priced
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Posted: 7/25/2006 1:30:37 AM
Just finished third case (3000 rds) of the Federal AE223. Had mixed head stamps of: FC/223 Remington, FC/05, and Lake City. All shot out of a DPMS M4, Bushmaster Varminter or Bushmaster Carbon 15. Clean burning, as accurate as any other economy ammo and excellant reloadable brass. And the small boxes make it easy to store 500 rounds per 50 cal ammo can. At $3.99 per bx, it's the best buy I have been able to find.
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Posted: 7/25/2006 2:48:00 AM
1000 rounds of AE 62gr FMJBT worked, shot great in my Colt Match Target. 1 round out of the thousand did pop a primer into the fire control group. Turned the rifle up-side-down and the primer fell out. I also reloaded the brass of the AE and it all shot well for a the normal amount of loadings. Hit a coyote at 120yds, must have tumbled and yawed really well, there was a quarter size chunk missing at the exit wound. That was all back in 2001.
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Posted: 8/9/2006 3:18:36 AM
300 rounds w/o problem in a 16"colt HBAR
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Posted: 9/25/2006 4:33:03 PM
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Posted: 9/25/2006 9:16:16 PM
have shot thousands FAE 55gr fmj and love it
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Posted: 9/25/2006 10:54:54 PM
Just started shooting AE223 a few months ago because I could get it cheap locally. shoots accurately and great for plinking.
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Posted: 12/4/2006 2:48:27 PM
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Posted: 12/10/2006 2:33:57 AM
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have shot 1000+ and no problems. have read that lc stamped brass is better than fc. All mine have been lc brass.

Correction. Have read that LC brass better for reloading than FC brass.
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Posted: 12/10/2006 11:21:55 AM
Never had a problem with any caliber A&E ammo. Good reasonably priced range ammo +.
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