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American eagle 5.56 ar ammo thoughts?

Discussion in 'General Firearm Discussion' started by Hardwood floor guy, Jan 24, 2012.

  1. Hardwood floor guy

    Hardwood floor guy Beaverton Active Member

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    Anyone use the american eagle ar 5.56 ammo?(black box)
    I have used it a few times and it seems pretty accurate and never jammed on me yet.
    I read some reviews that say it is xm193 in a different box?
    but some say it is junk while xm193 lakecity is fine in their ar's.
    It appears the same as xm193 lake city to me and probably comes from the same factory and line so i'm thinking someone is being critical of the A.E.ammo.

    What are your thoughts on this ammo?
    by the way i shoot it from my kids DPMS with 1:9 twist and my POF with 1:8 twist and have the same good results at 100yrds.

    anyone shot it out to 400~500 yards?
  2. joeroket

    joeroket Everett,Wa. Active Member

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    Never had an issue with it. I just shot 8 boxes of it the other day and it ran flawlessly. The head stamp is LC. I don't shoot past 200yds so I cant comment on its accuracy out that far but I would suspect it would do just fine in your 1:8 rifle.
  3. rolandson

    rolandson Oregon Active Member

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    yep, says right on the box "xm193"

    I can't see 500 yards so I am no use to you on that score. At 100 it is consistent and I have never had an issue with it.
  4. DoubleTapDrew

    DoubleTapDrew Oregon Well-Known Member

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    I think it is just the commercial packaging for their xm193. I'd be fine with it and buy whichever is cheaper (A.E. or LC). I haven't shot it past 100yds yet.
  5. Deuce

    Deuce Portland, OR Member

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    According to Federal, if it's marked XM193 it's all the same. The only difference is the packaging.

    Federal Premium - XM193

    I have both the black and brown cardboard boxes and they all work great. All have the Lake City headstamp.
  6. doubletap007

    doubletap007 Beaverton Active Member

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    the only difference i have noticed is the AE has a greasy oily film on it,i leaves your hands black after loading a few magazines with it.
    Both shoot pretty good groups for cheap .30ish cent bullets.
  7. Kevatc

    Kevatc Oregon Well-Known Member

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    I noticed that as well. The night before I went to my last AR class I decided to load up my mags. I noticed this oily feeling as well so I decided to wipe down all 1200 rounds I had prior to loading my mags. I ended up shooting real close to a 1000 rounds in two days and had zero issues with the ammo or my AR for that matter.
  8. Riot

    Riot Benton County, Washington Well-Known Member

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    Work uses this stuff....no issues.
  9. Gunner3456

    Gunner3456 Salem Well-Known Member

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    I have shot 400 rounds of it - 2x200 round boxes. I bought it back when ammo was "impossible" to find. It was in LC brass, had crimped and sealed primers and sealed bullets. It went through the chrony at 3150 +/- 40 from a 16" 1:9. Not one round was bad. It was sub moa.

    Since then I've been able to find Federal XM193 in 1,000 round boxes (loose but new in new boxes) and it's cheaper that way. That's why I finally shot up the American Eagle. I found no difference.
  10. doubletap007

    doubletap007 Beaverton Active Member

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    I did also notice the american eagle has crazy flash though.
    Im shooting it through my POF P415 piston drivin rifle so i dont know if it's just the piston rifle characteristics or if it's the ammo but wow!...it looks like a flash bang went off.not every round but every 3rd maybe and thats with a flash hider.anyone else notice the flash?
  11. Swedish K

    Swedish K SW Washington Moderator Staff Member

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    I put about 3 mags through my 24" with no problems - was drilling soda cans at 225 consistently.
  12. madcratebuilder

    madcratebuilder Ardenwald, OR Well-Known Member

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    AE 5.56 works great in every 5.56 AR i own. My 10.5 sbr/pistol loves it.

    You should see it from a 10.5" barrel. All full power ammo has a pretty good flash, a lot lore than the cheaper steel case stuff for the most part.