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Posted: 10/8/2004 4:37:18 AM EDT
I have a chance to buy some Norinco .223 for $150 per M from a Gun Store that is going out of business (believe he only has a little more than one case). I think it has been in stock for some time as the last Norinco ammo I saw was 7.62 x 39 about 10 years ago. The boxes say brass case/reloadable. Does anyone have any recommendations., is it at least decent blasting ammo?
Link Posted: 10/8/2004 9:16:24 AM EDT
I've only had experience with Norinco .223 ammo once, and it was years ago (around '89). I had 800 rounds of the stuff to fire through my Mini-14 and my Colt SP1. Every round fired with no problems of any kind. I am not sure about accuracy. The ammo was in yellow boxes with red lettering if I rember correctly. It was brass-cased ammo and I can't remember if it was Boxer or Berdan primed. It's been so long that this info may not be relevant to what you are asking. I hope this helps some though.
Link Posted: 10/8/2004 6:39:20 PM EDT
The stuff is good for blasting, it is re-loadable, but some if it is soft brass. I've been coming across a lot of it lately when scrounging the firing lines, I drop most of it in the recycle bucket now.

Stuff went away back in the early 90's.
Link Posted: 10/8/2004 6:59:34 PM EDT
I've shot it.
Did 3200 fps out of a Bushy 16"
Accurate too boot.
May be mildly corrosive though.

Link Posted: 10/9/2004 7:51:36 AM EDT
I had a case a long time ago. Still reload the cases. Haven't had any issues of soft brass,although I will admit they are lighter than LC. Great stuff! Blast away!
Link Posted: 10/9/2004 4:37:49 PM EDT
There were some rumors of PRC 5.56 ammo being corrosive. May or may not be internet BS. Good price on the ammo; but, IMHO, clean scrupulously afterward to be on the safe side.
Link Posted: 10/9/2004 7:55:04 PM EDT
Rumour has it that the Norinco was armor piercing but I never actualy checked on any of the ammo I used to have.
Link Posted: 10/10/2004 9:29:01 AM EDT
I just bought 2000 rds of the Norinco .223 from another site. It was $245 / shipped for all of it. That is $2.00 a box, so I'm pretty happy with the price. Cant wait til I get it. Picked up like 3-4 boxes of Norinco red/white boxs for $4.00 a piece at a local shop a few weeks ago . I used to buy the yellow box .223 Norinco all the time in the early 90's when it was still available. I only had a Mini-14 at the time but it always shot real good with that ammo.
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