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Posted: 1/10/2006 8:15:53 PM EDT
Picked up a couple of boxes of this today because it was pretty cheap ($4/20). The box says "AE223" on the end, and the shell casings all have "LC" "04" and the NATO cross on them. Is this stuff worth a darn? I didn't know that even the budget Federal stuff was made at LC and got Nato crosses. Any comments?
Link Posted: 1/10/2006 8:21:10 PM EDT
Let me elaborate...I read the ammo FAQ section about the AE ammo, but what about mine having the LC and Nato markings on them? Is it better than the older stuff?
Link Posted: 1/10/2006 8:22:00 PM EDT
I bought 2 cases of it in 2004 when Natchez had it on sale. The brass was standard Federal brass though and not the military brass you have. It all shot great and was accurate for what it was used for.
Link Posted: 1/10/2006 9:11:04 PM EDT
American Eagle with Lake City Brass is very good ammo

I had about 3 cases of it it in 2004, not one single problem
Link Posted: 1/10/2006 9:20:58 PM EDT
Link Posted: 1/11/2006 5:02:29 PM EDT
AE 55 grain is my favorite ammo
Link Posted: 1/11/2006 6:13:02 PM EDT
I suspect the LC cases are simply production overruns, factory seconds, or once fired.

If they were mil-spec, they would be in a .mil box.
Link Posted: 1/11/2006 6:19:06 PM EDT
Is not AE also made by Federal which is LC????
Joe
Link Posted: 1/11/2006 6:20:42 PM EDT
I have a case of the stuff coming in on friday. I have been on backorder since November with The Sportsmans Guide, but at $144, it was worth the wait.
Link Posted: 1/11/2006 7:18:12 PM EDT
Yes, AE is made by Federal and no, it's not "once fired" or "over runs". Per Federals product manager, they have started using the LC brass to keep production costs down. One less part to inventory. AE 223 is one of my favs also. Always good groups and looks good out of the box. Hope this helps.

FFF
Link Posted: 1/11/2006 8:51:34 PM EDT
Link Posted: 1/11/2006 10:02:49 PM EDT
Seems to me that it's good ammo - and I've never had problems with it - but I can get cheaper ammo in 5.56mm - either XM-193 or Q3131. If not cheaper, it's around the same, but usually the 5.56 is cheaper.


-K
Link Posted: 1/12/2006 9:22:03 AM EDT

Originally Posted By Special-K:
Seems to me that it's good ammo - and I've never had problems with it - but I can get cheaper ammo in 5.56mm - either XM-193 or Q3131. If not cheaper, it's around the same, but usually the 5.56 is cheaper.


-K



Which 193 are you finding cheaper?
Link Posted: 1/12/2006 10:35:38 AM EDT
Does it have the military crimp on the primer? m_s
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