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Are these reloads or am I just paranoid?

Discussion in 'Handloading and Reloading' started by ObsceneJesster, May 8, 2013.

  1. ObsceneJesster

    ObsceneJesster Well-Known Member

    So i recently did a trade with someone local. I gave him some mags and he gave me some ammo. He told me the ammo was factory M855. It was loose ammo and not in boxes. It was only 100 rounds so I figured I'd inspect them all. I never usually inspect ammo when purchased from the store or through a reputable online dealer but being that these were acquired through a local trade I'd figure I would inspect them.

    I don't know if this is how these rounds usually come or if these are reloads but I found some inconsistencies and a few other issues. Below are some photos. Could someone who reloads or knows this ammo pretty well let me know exactly what I have.

    Picture of most of them lined up

    Picture of one of the brass cases

    Picture of the other brass case. Most of them were in this brass.

    Primers that look like they were already striked. Do you think so?

    Dent on one of the cases

    Bullet seating appears to be at different depths

    More bullet seating at varying depths

    The jacket on the bullets looks a little funky

    Last but certainly not least. A popped primer.
  2. GLShooter

    GLShooter Well-Known Member

    My guess those are reloads. The bullets look like they have mechanical pull marks. I have not seen that much variation in bullet case mouth/cannelure interface on the stuff I shoot.

    I could be all wet but that is my opinion.

  3. ObsceneJesster

    ObsceneJesster Well-Known Member

    Okay cool. Thanks for your opinion. I'll wait on some more opinions before I jump the gun and contact the person I got them from.
  4. Sweet Agony

    Sweet Agony Well-Known Member

    If those are 'factory new' round, I would never buy from that manufacturer!! Far too many inconsistencies in the rounds, if these were not in boxes the primer dents could be from tip of the bullet head hitting the primer. I think I would pay him a visit.
  5. BYJO4

    BYJO4 Well-Known Member

    I also think they are reloads.

    ADKWOODSMAN Well-Known Member

    I'll vote handloads.
  7. cowtownup

    cowtownup Well-Known Member

    My vote is that those are reloads.. I suspect the brass was not trimmed, hence the variation in seating depth... Just my .02....
  8. ole farmerbuck

    ole farmerbuck Well-Known Member

    It looks like they over beveled the primer crimp ring.
  9. Beentown

    Beentown Well-Known Member

    Yep, not seeing a crimp...M855 would have one.
  10. Walkalong

    Walkalong Moderator

    The first looks like factory. The rest are definitely reloads. The primer pockets on some were way over reamed. The cannelures being in different spots may be OK. Some 55 Gr FMJ bullets have cannelures all over the place, like these Winchesters.

  11. oneounceload

    oneounceload member

    mixed brass, no military crimp, poor reloads is what I vote for
  12. wgaynor

    wgaynor Well-Known Member

    I wouldn't shoot them and would get my money back.
  13. Jesse Heywood

    Jesse Heywood Well-Known Member

    My initial thoughts were the same as Walkalong. First I saw factory loads, some dings from handling. Then the quality went south. If you got a good deal on the trade consider pulling some of the ones that are visually defective and compare the powder charges. If there is too much deviation go back and renegotiate. If the charges are consistent, try shooting a few and go from there.
  14. medalguy

    medalguy Well-Known Member

    Absolutely reloads. Mine look a whole lot better. Ejection marks on the cases, no annealing on the case necks, bullet cannelure inconsistencies (GI is very consistent i"ve found), definitely pulled bullets, cases look like Lee FCD crimps, primer seated sideways (!!) need I go on? I'd return them and ask for my money back. I sure wouldn't shoot them.
  15. exbrit49

    exbrit49 Well-Known Member


    Reloads for sure and poor ones at that! Either loaded by an amateur or someone not knowing the basics of reloading.
    I would pull the entire lot and then reload them with a known good powder load. If they look that bad, who knows what's on the inside? Scares me!
  16. KansasSasquatch

    KansasSasquatch Well-Known Member

    Any factory M855 will have a painted green tip. You can buy the bullets without paint on them but not loaded ammo. The tips aren't painted until after they're loaded at the factory. They could be remanufactured ammo using unpainted 855 bullets but if those were factory remanufactured, someone needs to get a refund. I've seen flipped primers before, 1 or 2 that I loaded, but never a sideways primer...... that's irresponsible.
  17. BullfrogKen

    BullfrogKen Moderator Emeritus

    That stuff, reloaded or not, is terrible quality ammo.

    Different lots for sure.

    And the primers with the dimples look a lot like how primers look when they are seated with a little bit of gunk or bit of powder that has gotten onto the primer seating stem.
  18. ole farmerbuck

    ole farmerbuck Well-Known Member

    Have the guy you got them from shoot some (with his gun) to show you that they're safe.
  19. higgite

    higgite Well-Known Member

    Yeah, especially the one with the primer in sideways. :eek: Go get your mags back.
  20. KansasSasquatch

    KansasSasquatch Well-Known Member

    The chamfered primer pockets....definitely a sign of reloads. I just about guarantee that any commercial ammo remanufacturer swages primer pockets. Swaging gives better and more consistent results and also tends to be faster, especially when reloaded on a press like a Dillon 1050 where it can be done on the press rather than as a seperate step. As higgite said, get your mags back, unless you like taking a chance that the person that reloaded them knew what they were doing. Which from the photos, it doesn't look like they did.

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