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

Discussion in 'Rifle Country' started by Southern Shooter, Oct 12, 2010.

  1. Southern Shooter

    Southern Shooter Well-Known Member

    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?

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

  2. JDMorris

    JDMorris Well-Known Member

    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.
  3. Dr.Rob

    Dr.Rob Moderator Staff Member

    I've fired a ton of that UMC ammo (close to a 1000 rounds) in my Colt 6920, no issues at all.
  4. Z-Michigan

    Z-Michigan Well-Known Member

    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.
  5. SwampWolf

    SwampWolf Well-Known Member

    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.
  6. mp5a3

    mp5a3 Well-Known Member

    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.
  7. BP Hunter

    BP Hunter Well-Known Member

    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.
  8. Old krow

    Old krow Well-Known Member

    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.
  9. Al Thompson

    Al Thompson Moderator Staff Member

    :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.
  10. JDMorris

    JDMorris Well-Known Member

    PMC 150 grain shoots well in my Howa 1500 .308

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