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Posted: 11/17/2011 8:08:48 AM EDT
[Last Edit: 11/17/2011 8:21:22 AM EDT by xwray2]
I've been trying to build up a supply of 5.56 by taking advantage of a few sales that I have seen. I just bought 10 boxes from Midway that were advertised as overuns on an FBI contract - 62gr spire point, looks like a hollow point but with a very sharp nose. I have noticed that almost every round that I have looked at has 1 to 3-4 small dents in the case - no sharp creases or anything...just what you might expect a case would look like if tossed around in a bucket with other ammo banging into it. Obviously it wouldn't be something I would want to shoot of a dent had been made in such a way that the bottom was "creased" from the impact that caused the dent but what about the rough handling dents? Would this type of dent be considered strictly cosmetic? I ask becuse I do not like the idea of a case rupture caused by a weakened are on the case caused by the rough handling.

How would one determine if such a case is safe to fire by the casual shooter who doesn't have years of experience and thousands of rounds through his firearms? Might there be a web page that addresses this subject, hopefully with a few go/no go pictures?

I know this is a pretty basic question but I believe there might be more to the question than meets the eye and I'd like to take advantage of some of the larger bulk packed sales where I just know I'd run into the same thing.

I'd appreciate any feedback.

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Link Posted: 11/17/2011 8:23:11 AM EDT
[Last Edit: 11/17/2011 8:24:08 AM EDT by Saddlerocker]
Pictures would help alot

If the shoulder is dented that would worry me, but if it just has small dents in the case body I would shoot it.
Again Pictures would help us here to see the severity of the dents

Edit: after seeing the pics, I would shoot it
Link Posted: 11/17/2011 8:26:17 AM EDT
I've shot way worse, shoot it.
Link Posted: 11/17/2011 8:38:33 AM EDT
Originally Posted By PluckMaster:
I've shot way worse, shoot it.

Link Posted: 11/17/2011 8:39:24 AM EDT
Originally Posted By PluckMaster:
I've shot way worse, shoot it.


Shoot them!
Link Posted: 11/17/2011 10:07:33 AM EDT
It is this: " Would this type of dent be considered strictly cosmetic............." and so shoot it.
In other words and if it helps, what I look for is:
If the dents are so severe that the cartridge would have trouble chambering- don't shoot it.
That includes especially the neck and bullet- dented or canted off to one side- don't.
If somehow (I've never seen this) the primer or the base is mangled- don't.

If the dents are minor like the ones you have and don't effect the over all "shape" of the cartridge–– Shoot them!
Link Posted: 11/17/2011 12:29:08 PM EDT
[Last Edit: 11/17/2011 12:30:41 PM EDT by FMJ]
looks gtg
looks like regular military ammo to me
Link Posted: 11/17/2011 12:53:07 PM EDT
Link Posted: 11/17/2011 2:08:54 PM EDT
I would shoot it.
Link Posted: 11/18/2011 6:38:30 AM EDT
Shoot it and the dents will magically disappear.
Link Posted: 11/19/2011 5:09:52 PM EDT
Thanks to all who responded...I'm more comfortable about shooting it now
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