.223 Ammunition Remington/UMC and Federal 100 rd Bulk Box--Any Good?


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Southern Shooter
October 12, 2010, 07:15 PM
I was wondering about the quality of these two ammunitions.

1) Are they reliable?

2) What about accuracy?

3) Are these ammunitions a waste of money for bulk storage ammo?

FYI:
Firearms that would be using this ammo are a Bushmaster AR-15 and a Ruger Mini-14...if that makes a difference here.

Thanks

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JDMorris
October 12, 2010, 07:18 PM
fine ammo, my dad has 200 rounds of remington/umc he got for his bushy moe. and 100 rounds of federal. he has no complaints.

Dr.Rob
October 12, 2010, 07:25 PM
I've fired a ton of that UMC ammo (close to a 1000 rounds) in my Colt 6920, no issues at all.

Z-Michigan
October 12, 2010, 08:25 PM
1) Yes, reliable.

2) Accuracy is average. Better than Russian steel-cased, worse than better commercial stuff (like Black Hills) and generally a bit worse than quality military-spec ammo.

3) I would suggest military-type ammo for storage, either M193 or M855, from any of the quality brands including Winchester, Federal, PMC (Korean), Prvi (Serbian), GGG (Lithuanian), and others.

SwampWolf
October 13, 2010, 01:11 PM
For general target range use, I've had good luck with both brands in terms of reliability and accuracy. Like most other modern ammunition made by reputable companies, if kept in a cool, dry place, I don't think you'd experience any problem with either brand in terms of long-term storage.

mp5a3
October 13, 2010, 01:19 PM
If you're talking about the 100 round Federal value packs for $39.99, that VERY, VERY expensive for .223. I've seen IMI M855 for sale for $.26 a round, although most all brass cased .223/5.56 is going for $.30 or less a round. Steel cased is well under $.20 a round. Both may be going lower.

BP Hunter
October 13, 2010, 02:25 PM
These ammo are sufficiently accurate. With my DPMS M4, I would group 1" with a 4x scope at 100 yards. And with my Remington M700 SPS tactical in .223 would group 3/4" at 100 yards. Because of that accuracy and reliability, I decided not to reload this ammo and just keep these "cheapo" ammo.

Old krow
October 13, 2010, 06:31 PM
If you're talking about the 100 round Federal value packs for $39.99, that VERY, VERY expensive for .223.

I agree. I've shot them, still have some. I think that they're slightly over-priced, but no real issues with accuracy or reliability. I wouldn't hesitate to use it, I'd just rather not pay for it.

At basically .40 per round I think that you can easily beat that price. You can certainly beat that price on the net. At the local gun shows I've found PMC from .30 - .33 per round for 100/1000 respectively. I haven't had any issues with them either. I've seen some as low as .24 per round in other brands.

Al Thompson
October 13, 2010, 09:13 PM
:uhoh: The Federal from Wal-Mart has taken a turn for the worse lately. Ammo purchased in 2009 shoots much better than newer lots.


PMC is my ammo of choice these days.

JDMorris
October 13, 2010, 09:19 PM
PMC 150 grain shoots well in my Howa 1500 .308

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