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Posted: 3/26/2010 11:56:26 AM EDT
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Link Posted: 3/26/2010 12:05:10 PM EDT
Link Posted: 4/15/2010 12:27:51 AM EDT
brown bear 62 gr hp in a 1/7 20" Bushie. No problems noted, have put only around 500 rnds down range with it. Compared to laquer coated wolf 55gr, it shoots cleaner. Also unlike the Wolf, I have yet to have a stuck casing.
Link Posted: 6/6/2010 8:04:58 PM EDT
[Last Edit: 6/25/2010 9:05:31 AM EDT by timpryor]
Fired 1500 rounds of Monarch Red Box 55grn out of LMT M4, and a Doublestar barreled 11.5 SBR no problems
Link Posted: 6/25/2010 3:30:43 AM EDT
I have experienced no problems what so ever. No laquer build up and no failures of any kind. It actually performed much better than the 55gr Federal stuff from Wal-Mart.

1) Firearm used in: Spike's ST-15 carbine
2) Approximate number of rounds fired.: 500
3) Ammunition type: Brown Bear 62gr HP

Link Posted: 6/25/2010 3:32:16 PM EDT
Fired about 500 rounds of Monarch red box out of my Bushmaster without any problems. I did not find the ammo to be any dirtier than any other steel cased ammo that I have used. Would buy again if the price is right.
Link Posted: 6/25/2010 4:35:26 PM EDT
Brown Bear 62gr HP has perfomed flawlessly for practice ammo. Not a single FTE/FTF or extractor/case anomolies of any kind. Cycles my AR reliably.

1) Firearm: RRA Elite Comp - 5.56 NATO Chamber - Chrome Lined - 1:9 Twist
2) Approx. rounds fired - 500 - 600

Predominantly on targets at or less than 25 yards, with one session on a 100 yard range which grouped acceptably at approx. 2.5 MOA.
Link Posted: 11/13/2010 2:09:24 PM EDT
Just bought 1k of Brown Bear 55gr FMJ.
Took 100 rounds out, used 15 for accuracy. Was pleased, shooting from a sitting unsupported at 50 yards could put them in the 10 ring.
Then I took the remaining and did mag dumps to see if it would feed, it did just fine.

Link Posted: 11/13/2010 2:34:40 PM EDT
[Last Edit: 11/13/2010 2:42:37 PM EDT by InfiniteGrim]
My brother has run his Spike's 16" midlength only with brown bear 62gr. He hasnt had a problem yet.

Left is brother's rifle with brown bear, right is my rifle with pulled 55gr reloads.

Dont take these targets as pure fact as I could bearly see those black dots at 50 yards.
Link Posted: 7/31/2011 1:59:24 PM EDT
Fired 4000 rounds of Silver/Brown Bear ammo in Magpul Carbine 1 & 2 over a 6 days period. Had one round FTE due to a ripped lip and one of my 2 rifles failed to lock back on an empty mag a couple of times. This may or may not have been ammo related. The second gun functioned perfectly the last 3 days thru over 2K of the Bear ammo. The only maintenance done was a general wipedown of the grit in the upper and magwell and a good dose of Slip2000 lube each night. The chamber was extremely dirty at the end of the class, but the gun continued to perform 100% thru some pretty heavy shooting with a blazing hot chamber. Post with pictures is here...

Link Posted: 3/18/2012 2:48:03 AM EDT
[Last Edit: 3/18/2012 2:48:18 AM EDT by Hawaiianbro10]
1. Rock River Arms Elite Operator 2

2. 300 rounds with no issues at all. I fired 300 rounds of other types of ammo first to get the gun dirty etc.
300 rounds I fired 100 rounds with 10 seconds between rounds first, 2nd 100 rounds I fired fast with 2-3 seconds between each round fired, 3rd 100 rounds I fired at random from slow to fast.
All rounds where fired out of pmags

3.Brown Bear 223 55grain FMJ
Didnt shoot for accuracy just random fun at the range.

Ive just purchased more Brown Bear ammo as well be eventually testing Wolf Military classic 55grain HP ammo.
Link Posted: 3/18/2012 11:25:47 AM EDT
Shot 200 rounds of Brown Bear 223 55gr FMJ through my DPMS Lite 16 the other day with zero issues.
Link Posted: 3/21/2012 12:14:10 AM EDT
[Last Edit: 3/21/2012 12:15:47 AM EDT by Krink]
2000+rds .55gr FMJ brown bear through a 16" colt chrome lined/5.56 chamber barrel NO issues

1500+rds 62gr FMJ brown bear though a 14.5 colt M4 barrel/Colt A2 barrel NO issues

Link Posted: 3/24/2012 12:38:27 PM EDT
[Last Edit: 3/24/2012 12:51:04 PM EDT by wee]
I have shot only few hundered rounds of Barnaul 62gr so far, and I haven't have any problems yet. I know it's too early to make any assumptions about the reliability of the ammo with my AR.

But one thing what I think about the Barnaul as manufacturer, is that they seem to be honest operator in the business. Their ammo is not the most accurate, and the manufacturer doesn't deny it. If you take a look at the Barnaul ammunition website, they clearly indicate that their 62gr load has a bullet dispersion of 10cm/3.93" from 100 meters.


You get what you pay for and they don't deny it.

At least I've been able to achieve constantly about 9 to 11cm 10 shot groups with the polymer coated 62gr ammo. No better and no worse, when I have done part well behind the butt. I think I can say that the manufacturer can keep their promise.

Vertical POI from 100 meters is about the same as with S&B 55gr FMJ, but the horizontal POI moves little right. Same effect happens with 69gr ammo, which POI also moves to the right when compared to 55gr ammo. As before, the barrel is S&W MP15 17".223remington with 1/9" rifling.

EDIT: And by the way, took the ballistic data, velocities from Barnaul website and added them to the JBM ballistics coeffient calculator. It calculated 0.265 G1 BC to the Barnaul 62gr FMJBT bullet. Could be right if compared to the lenght of the bullet (21.6mm / 0.85").
Link Posted: 3/25/2012 5:37:34 AM EDT
I've run over 500 rounds of Brown Bear 55gr FMJ through my LMT Mk18 mod 0 clone. Not a single problem I'd attribute to the ammo. I had one issue with this ammo and a Surefire 60 round magazine, but that was the magazine, not the ammo.
Link Posted: 1/2/2013 3:18:30 PM EDT
What do you think?
Looking at a case of this right now, but have not seen color of boxes inside?

Link Posted: 1/3/2013 1:21:19 PM EDT
If you can get a case of it at a reasonable price, and you don't mind running steel case stuff, then get it. I haven't had any problems with mine now in over 1000 rounds, except for one problem feeding in a Surefire 60rd mag.
Link Posted: 7/3/2014 2:42:06 AM EDT
I just started using the Red boxed, Monarch, Steel cased 55gr .223 from Academy and I've shot 2 boxes of it so far in my S&W M&P15X 5.56 with a 1:9 twist. Not a singal malfunction and very accurate as well.
Just a disclaimer, the M&P has fed EVERYTHING I've tried accurately.
Link Posted: 7/3/2014 2:43:40 AM EDT
I just started using the Red boxed, Monarch, Steel cased 55gr .223 from Academy and I've shot 2 boxes of it so far in my S&W M&P15X 5.56 with a 1:9 twist. Not a singal malfunction and very accurate as well.
Just a disclaimer, the M&P has fed EVERYTHING I've tried accurately.
Link Posted: 7/3/2014 12:25:12 PM EDT
Good stuff, can make hits out to 400 on a 12x18 steel plate with ease.
Link Posted: 7/3/2014 3:44:13 PM EDT
I ran some rounds through a Chrono several months ago. 20 inch SS Wylde chamber. These are the velocities that showed

1 - 3065
2 - 3137
3 - 3182
4 - 3159
5 - 3174

Much hotter than I had thought this ammo would be loaded.

Normally I don't shoot steel through this barrel but at the time I thought "Oh wth!"
Link Posted: 5/29/2016 9:11:53 AM EDT
No issues. Only a few hundred fired but great range ammo
Link Posted: 5/31/2016 10:34:33 AM EDT
62grn Soft Point Brown Bear 4-5000 rounds out of a Franken AR. 500 to 750 out of another Franken AR (wife's). Both 14.5 Inch barrels 1/7 twist chrome lined, one with a Phantom Flash Hider the other with a BCM A2X hider.

I initially had issues with my AR but traced them to a weak hammer spring causing light primer strikes. The wife's AR has used it since day one with no issues so far. Haven't done any real accuracy testing with it but it will hit a 66% IPSC steel target at 300 yards regularly.
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