Anyone tried Gerogia Arms ammunition?


March 17, 2005, 07:11 PM
Some of the guys from work and I went in on a group buy of Georgia Arms "canned heat" .223 Rem (55gr) stuff for practice with our AR's (Colt 6920's and RRA E/T's). The price is $150/1K, shipped with orders over $500. That's a little more than Wolf, but it's brass cased and that matters to some people (I've shot about 2K of the new poly-Wolf with no issues except diminished muzzle velocity). This is commercially reloaded, not new ammo. It's advertised at 3150-FPS (unknown barrel length) and uses Lake City 5.56 brass casings. The cases are highly polished and I didn't find them occasionally dented like my stand-by Lake City M193 ball (currently shooting lot 40).

Anyway, I looked at the ammo and the crimp is not always in the same part of the cannalure. The OAL is not consistant, but not very far off either. I pulled apart (kinnetec puller) several rounds which by my eyes were fairly far apart on OAL and here's what I found.

G.A. cartridge #1: LC-01 case
2.234" OAL
1.770" case length
23.7 gr. powder charge (unknown powder)
55.1 gr. bullet wt.

G.A. cartridge #2: LC-98 case
2.242" OAL
1.770" case length
23.7 gr. powder charge
55.1 gr. bullet wt.

G.A. cartridge #3: LC-01 case
2.252" OAL
1.765" case length
23.8 gr. powder charge
55.3 gr. bullet wt.

That got me to thinking so I went to the cabinet and grabbed a box of Federal-Lake City XM193 ball, lot #40. The brass is all LC-02. The OAL wasn't the same. either, but the variance in the box I chose wasn't as large as the Georgia Arms ammo. I pulled them apart and here's what I found.

L.C. cartridge #1: LC-02 case
2.240" OAL
1.755" case length
27.5 gr. powder charge
55.3 gr. bullet wt.

L.C. cartridge #2: LC-02 case
2.243" OAL
1.755" case length
27.5 gr. powder charge
55.0 gr. bullet wt.

L.C. cartridge #3: LC-02 case
2.249" OAL
1.753" case length
27.5 gr. powder charge
54.8 gr. bullet wt.

I was able to get to the range the other day before this God-forsaken flu took hold and I fired off 240 rounds of the Georgia Arms ammo. It fed flawlessly and I had no malfunctions in my recently cleaned and oiled Colt 6920. It was gusty/snowing moderately at the time so a true accuracy test will have to wait for another day, but at 50 yards it was the same elevation as the Federal Lake City XM193 ball ammo. I found the group off to the right just about 3/4 to 1", but that could easily had been the weather and lighting. Unfortunately I forgot to bring XM193 for a control group (duh).

The recoil seemed right on par with XM193 ball, but once again, I didn't have a control group handy and was going off of shoulder-memory. The GA definitely had more recoil than Wolf .223, though. The GA was no dirtier than XM193 and noticibly cleaner than Wolf. Also, it did not smell acidic like Wolf can be from time to time. Cleanup was a breeze. Finally, I was a little concerned because I don't know if GA crimps in their primers. Whatever the case, no primers popped out in the 240 rounds I fired. I have had the occasional primer pop out in XM193 but I've fired so many rounds of the stuff it was bound to happen. 240 rounds of the GA isn't really a true test in that respect.

I wish I had a chronograph but velocities and accuracy will have to wait for another day. Until then, I'm very optimistic about this for blaster/practice ammo.

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March 17, 2005, 07:27 PM
GA Arms is one of my first-look places for ammo. I have had good luck with their canned heat 55gr .223, .308 w/ MatchKings, and several other loads.

March 17, 2005, 07:33 PM
I have bought a fair bit of Georgia Arms ammunition. I like their .30 Carbine, and their .40 S&W with the Gold Dot bullets. Priced good, shoots good.

March 17, 2005, 07:39 PM
I've never had a problem with any GA Arms. I use their stuff for High Power, Cowboy and carry. A lot of folks use their rounds for competition.

March 17, 2005, 08:15 PM
I've used some of their new ammo and liked it. The velocities of the rounds I have clocked were at or above their claimed velocity. I even use their Gold Dot load as a SD round. I haven't tried any of their rifle rounds but I wouldn't be surprised if they worked as well.

March 17, 2005, 08:34 PM
I have had good experiences with there 223.

March 17, 2005, 08:49 PM
I have had good luck with the canned heat .45 and .223. Keep in mind they have changed the free shipping policy, so it now depends on where you live as to how much you have spend.

March 17, 2005, 08:50 PM
Shot about 500 or 600 rounds of their 10mm in various loadings and have had no issues at all. Good stuff, reasonable prices.

March 17, 2005, 09:05 PM
I live about 5 minutes from them and drive by there on my way to and from work each day. The people who work there are very friendly and knowledgeable.

I regularly purchase the .223 loads (reloads). I have yet to have any problems with this ammo. It runs flawlessly through my AR.

FWIW - if you are law enforcement they offer a 10% discount on all their ammo. Just fax them a copy of your creds. for a mail order.


March 17, 2005, 09:38 PM
They make the best .32 H&R magnum round I have found so far. 100 gr SJHP that travels ~977 fps at 15 ft from the muzzle of my 1 7/8" snubbie barrel. Best price too, even with shipping.

I have some of their 7.62 x 39 but haven't had a chance to fire it yet. soon though, very soon

March 17, 2005, 09:42 PM
The .45 ACP 230 ball has been good for me.

March 18, 2005, 10:36 AM
I wasn't aware of the LE 10% discount. I e-mailed them with that same question a few months back and they said that they didn't offer any LE discount. I'll ask again next time I order.

Shipping was free for orders over $500. That's not a hard number to make for us.

Thanks for the replys.

March 18, 2005, 10:54 AM
i just got my first shippment from them -- 2000rnds 9mm (canned heat) and 100 rnds of .308

i've only shot about 50 rnds of the 9mm, but it ran perfectly.

March 18, 2005, 07:09 PM
I've used them for years, always good stuff.

March 18, 2005, 07:43 PM
They set up at local shows so I've bought from them a couple of times. Their prices aren't great (S&W .32L $11/50? ***?) but the ammo seems to work fine. Their other prices are decent, but still not what I'd call a bargain. I've never had a FTF with their stuff.

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