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Lake City 5.56 62 grain Ammo tin ( 420 rounds) NOT FOR DUTY USE ??

Discussion in 'Ammunition & Reloading' started by John Gault, May 24, 2011.

  1. John Gault

    John Gault clackamas county Bronze Supporter Bronze Supporter

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    I bought one of these tins from Cabela's last week for 159.00 + 5.00 shipping. 420 rounds on stripper clips and came in a steel ammo can. Got it today and the the tin says "not for duty use". Is that standard for all XM193 ammo sold? Should that worry me any?

  2. Unka-Boo

    Unka-Boo Milwaukie Active Member

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    XM193 is factory seconds.....that's why the "no duty use". Nothing to worry about, it's still nicer than a lot of "1st run" ammo out there...
  3. Mr.B

    Mr.B Hippyville Active Member

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    I saw that ammo and wondered the same thing.
  4. deadshot2

    deadshot2 NW Quadrant WA State Well-Known Member

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    Perhaps the reason for the "X". Military issue is "M-193". Also look for the nato 0 with the + in it. If not on the headstamp it's not NATO spec'd ammo. Could be slow stuff like the PMC and AE.
  5. DoubleTapDrew

    DoubleTapDrew Oregon Well-Known Member

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    IIRC M193 has never been NATO ammo so there is no nato spec for it. M193 is 55gr, M855 62gr and is the US version of SS109 (which does have a NATO spec). The Lake City/Federal M193 stuff I've gotten always chronos right there with what it's supposed to (3200-3300fps from a 20" bbl). Picked up some M855 but haven't shot it yet.
    I'm pretty sure most of them are marked not for duty use since the military gets all the tier 1 stuff and anything else goes to the civilian market as surplus. Like Unka-Boo said, it's still some of the best 55gr and 62gr ammo out there.