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Old 01-26-2019, 11:19 PM
Bradford Bradford is offline
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Being in California means ammo sales are somewhat limited and costly. I came across this today and am curious as to it's sutibility for my .308 rebarreled CMP special.
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This XM118 ammo is manufactured at the Lake City Army Ammunition Plant (LCAAP) and is designed for super accurate, very long range shots from your 7.62x51mm chambered rifle. Each round is loaded with a 175 grain hollow point boat tail (HPBT) OTM projectile. Delivering pinpoint long distance accuracy, these projectiles leave the muzzle at a screaming velocity of 2580 feet per second. They are also NON MAGNETIC, and fully jacketed with no exposed lead at the base.

The ammo is considered military seconds, however it is still just as accurate and reliable. Let us explain. Military specifications are very stringent and if just a few samples out of a batch fail to meet specifications, the entire lot is sold to the commercial market as seconds. This presents an incredible deal to shooters, who then get to benefit from the huge production scale of our military.

This brass is manufactured on mil-spec production lines which require evidence of the annealing process be left on the brass near the neck of the casing often referred to as the iris. This is the darker residue that is visually noticeable around the case neck. Both commercial and mil-spec brass undergoes this same annealing process which make the brass stronger and less brittle. The annealing process essentially runs the brass through a series of flames which heat the brass having the effect of re-strengthening it in its final shape. Unlike commercial brass products, there is no need to make it appear pretty, so they forgo the secondary polishing. Military requirements on the other hand require that evidence of the annealing process remain on the brass.

This ammunition is new production, non-corrosive, in boxer-primed, reloadable brass cases.
Technical Information: Caliber: 7.62x51 mm NATO XM118, Bullet Weight: 1475 Grain, Bullet Style: Fully Jacketed Hollow Point OTM HPBT (NON MAGNETIC), Case Type: Brass.

Ballistics Information: Muzzle Velocity: 2850 ft/sec, Muzzle Energy: N/A ft/lbs.
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Old 01-27-2019, 06:40 AM
Shomway Shomway is online now
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CMP sold this a few years back and relabeled...
I have shot this in my Navy Garands without a problem and would think that you should be fine in your .308 Special.
Not sure if you miss-typed the Muzzle Velocity but I'm seeing a MV on this ammo at 2580, which puts it right at Federal Gold Medal 175gr.
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Old 01-27-2019, 09:01 AM
ray leach ray leach is offline
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this same ammo is sold/sometimes given to police departments and is good stuff. It does not have crimps on the primers so it easier to reload, so what's not to love? You can also buy the same round from Federal (who makes this) for a lot more. The people on AR15.COM spread a lot of rumors and myths that are not true and say many things. The main thing is that this is essentially commercial ammo and is good to go. I have shot a ton of it and the 556.
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