Welcome to the NEW Cheaper Than Dirt online store! Same great prices and availability, now optimized for your mobile phone!
| Next

Federal Lake City XM855 5.56 NATO Full Metal Jacket, 62 Grain Steel Penetrator, 3025 fps, 500 Round Bulk Case

 
Federal
XM855BAR
029465060817
AMM-223
Ships from Warehouse 1
Typically ships the same business day when ordered before 4pm CST.
  • Non-returnable item. We will not accept any returns on this item.
We regret that this item is not available at this time.
Can we ship this to you?
  • DESCRIPTION
  • REVIEWS
500 Rounds loose - bulk pack of the Lake City Military 5.56 rounds. It is not packed in individual boxes and is loose in the case. Save money by buying it in this 1,000 round loose bulk pack.

Lake City 5.56 Ammo is arguably the best 5.56 Military ammo manufactured.This 5.56x45mm XM855 62 Grain SS109 Green Tipped Steel Penetrator Lead Core Mil-Spec ammunition is bulk packed loose 500 rounds in a box. This ammunition is boxer primed, sealed primer and projectile, reloadable brass cased, and not packed in individual boxes. This is the original US Military Lake City XM855 ammunition loaded with SS109 penetrator projectiles firing at 3,025 fps. This is identical to the ammo issued to the US military.

Note: This is military grade ammunition. It will show discoloration which is caused by a process known as annealing. This is completely normal. The cases may also have minor dings from being bulked packed.

Specifications:
Caliber: .223/5.56 NATO
Bullet Weight: 62 Grains
Bullet Type: SS109 Steel Penetrator Full Metal jacket Projectile
Velocity: 3025 fps
Reloadable Annealed Brass Casings
500 Loose Rounds per Case

 
Total number of Reviews: 161

Submit a review

5.0 5
"This ammo has been great so far. No jams, accurate and everything I need."
– Ammo Abuser
5.0 5
"This is some quality steel core ammo. \"Armor Piercing\" is slightly misleading; the Army uses M855 (correct name of the ammo, note the box typo) as standard ball ammunition. It does punch through metal sheeting a little better than lead core only ammo. If you've never shot any before, it's worth a few boxes to see what's the thickest metal you can shoot through. USE SAFETY and beware of ricochets when doing this. Overall, this is great ammo, and is not much more expensive than other brass case ammo on this site."
– Adam
5.0 5
"I ran about 100 rounds through my US M15A3 Sniper rifle, I shot consistant 1.25\" to 1.5\" groups at 100 yards. Then had the opportunity to try it out on a coyote at 75 yards since I live in the country. The Coyote.. well lets just say; he has gone to see his terrorist brothers in the big field in the sky. Outstanding Ammo! Hooyah!!"
– SeaDragon1968
5.0 5
"Just like I used in the military! Went through a peice of 3/8\" plate steel no problem!"
– 7SFG(A)SOT-B174
5.0 5
"what can I say about this bullet?... actually it sucks... dont buy'em.. the bullets went straight down after it comes out of barrell. (shocked)so I can get all the bullets for myself.... (chuckle) serious note... it is probably real good bullets u can get for the fun of it!. I went thru a friend's 4 cans of XM855 it only jammed 2 times out of 2880 bullets... also about CTD.. their shipping is A Plus!. packaging is excellent!.... they will be my customer for loonngg time!....do not heisiate... buy it from them...."
– Torque
5.0 5
"This is great ammo, it isnt the best for Knock Down Power because of the steel penetrator core, causes the round to zip right through whatever you shoot with it, however for accuracy its great. This is the ammunition you need if you are planning on purchasing one of the ACOG scopes from Trijicon as this was the ammo it was designed for. you can use the bullet drop compensator and range finder with this bullet and weight and be very accurate, at the range the other day i was shooting some and was routinely getting keyhole shots (thats where bullet holes touch each other) dead on in the X ring of the bullseye. if you are using hunting ammo with an ACOG, shoot this ammo for target practice but use 62 grain hunting rounds and you will get the same point of impact, etc. Great plinking ammo."
– Jimpashia
4.0 5
"This ammo is good enough for government work and pretty much anything. At first I was skeptical about the penetration, yet I was proven wrong and will live to tell about."
– Kirk Schumann
5.0 5
"Best ammo i have used in a long time. It will do the job......."
– Get Some !!!!!
4.0 5
"I love this ammo. Another reviewer said it went through 3/8 inch plate steel no problem, but i fired a few rounds at 1/4\" plate steel and it only removed a chunk of the metal before bouncing off. Overall great ammo though."
– JCG
5.0 5
"Picked up a few boxes just to see how they compare to the normal rounds you buy. At 75 ft we were shooting at a 3/8 piece of steel. The normal rounds did well, no quite penetrating the steel. The SS109 did so with no problem. We also compared to a 7.62 x39 fired from an AK-47 at the same distance. It only entered about and 1/8 of and inch. Conclusion normal is okay but SS109 is better."
– Dave
5.0 5
"Outstanding performance and value. Accuracy in my Armalite M15 1-in-8\" twist barrel virtually identical with premium match ammo."
– Poppa 5.56cap
4.0 5
"By looking at the ammo it looks like the green tip that military developed for the M16A2 when it was first fielded. The green tip ball was a whole lot better than the standard ball. I use this in my Ar15A2 with great accuracy."
– Big O
5.0 5
"Bought 5 boxes for my buddy's Stag M-4. Got 3 steel bar ends out of the scrap barrel @ work. Type of metal: unknown. Our penetration tests took place at about 10 yards:1st Plate about .205 thick:Like a hot knife through butter. Left a hole like a drill bit2nd Plate about .300 thick:Same result as the .205 plate3rd Plate about .440 thick:Huge crater, steel core impression evident, Big Dimple & Crack on backside. ALMOST made it through.A strong buy!"
– Unstable
5.0 5
"I've been buying this stuff strictly from CTD for almost 2 years now and it has been an excellent product. I shoot it through my M-4 Bushmaster, 1:9 twist. Feeds excellent, very accurate and powerful. It isn't the cheapest stuff around for plinkin, but lots of fun and heaven forbid, but it will knock the socks off any intruders if need be."
– Jason, WA
5.0 5
"This ammo is definately a hard core penetrator. No problems with it at all. I even put my target on the other side of a couple trees and my shot group was still tight. It went clean through some pretty thick trees. It's the same ammo I used in Iraq and it is very reliable."
– Josh
5.0 5
"WOW, I just bought some (2000) of this stuff before Christmas and it was $5.67 and now it is $7.59 or $96.oo per thousand more? This is a 7 1/2% increase in two months. I should have sold all my stock and bought ammunition. What an investment that would have been. Should I buy more? Is it going up again?"
– MC_Driver
4.0 5
"From what I can tell, this ammo is identical in looks and pergormance to what I have been issued at qual range. Zeroed my bushmaster the same way as M16, grouped and zeroed just like I do on qual range. In ref. to earlier post, there is no black tip 5.56 that I've ever seen. I haven't tried shooting at plate steel, but these rounds do go through kevlar, if a straight shot. Good ammo for price."
– SGT a
3.0 5
"Bought some of this ammo and compared it to Federal American Eagle, Remington Express (both around the same price but slightly cheaper than this LC stuff). Performance was not too bad @ 100yds, capable of 1MOA but @ 100yds MOST ammo is... I think I'll stick with the commerical ammo. If you have the $$, paying a few $$ extra for Black Hills is worth it too. BTW, the person who asked about the 1.7twist, 68gr - 77gr is OPTIMAL but 62gr will work too, especially if plinking at or around 100yds. Good luck!"
– Nowhere USA
5.0 5
"If you cut off the top of a M-855 or SS-109 round you will see why they have such great penetrating power, an extremely hard alloy steel cone shaped piece that you can remove. Armor piercing ammo for the US in the 5,56-45 is designated M-995. There is a difference between .223 commercial ammo and 5,56-45 military ammo.Using Mil.Spec ammo in say a .223 commercial hunting rifle will produce more wear and stress on the gun and I would not do it. That's why I will not use Mil.Spec 7,62-51 FMJ hardball ammo out of my Remington .308 LTR. rifle. Only match or sniper designated ammo. Also using commercial ammo in a 5,56-45 rifle such as the M16, AR15, or even a Sturm-Ruger Mini-14, which is made to shoot military spec 5,56-45 ammo, something many people don't realize will reduce accuracy due to the excessive leade that is used in Mil.Spec 5,56-45 ammo (M-855 SS-109 M-193). And please folks don\uFFFDt shoot up all the military grade ammo you have if you own an AR15 or such type weapon. Supplies are very limited now and prices are and will more than likely keep going up. Maybe many have noticed the huge increases in prices on military ammo lately. I went to four ammo dealers and saw only 6 box\uFFFDs of M-193 55grain Mil.Spec. ammo this week, at $9 a box. Were only a few months ago I could have bought M-855, SS-109, or M-193 from any one of them by the case or box, all sold out."
– Ocasta
3.0 5
"First of all, these are not armor piercing rounds, they are standard issue 5.56mm ball military rounds with a steel tip, that do penetrate much more than a standard lead round, but as another guy already said, the black tip rounds are designated armor piercing, orange tracer, green tip are standard ball M855 or SS109 as civilians call them. The black tip rounds are not available(legally) on the civilian market. As far as these particular rounds are concerned, they are 6 years old(Manufactured in 2001) show much corrosion on the brass, and at $7.99 a box, way overpriced. They were worth it when they were $5.97 a box last month."
– Jarhead3
4.0 5
"Used to be great ammo for the price. Why the price increase. I'm getting 1 to1 1/2 inch groups at 100 yards out of my m4. I did want to buy more but I think I'm going to quit shooting for a while and see what happens with the prices. And could somebody please decide if green tip or black tips are armor piercing. I know an Iraq vet (mechanized infantry) who says all he was ever given to use was green tipped ammo, and I would like to think that the marine corps. supplied AP ammo to their troops! Which is it? I would like an answer from someone who knows for certain!"
– todd, ohio
3.0 5
"I recall buying 40 round boxes of this stuff a few years ago, split cement blocks and stuff with it .But at 50 cents a round Naaaa! .. Im ok with Wolf 55gr in my Lite 20in barrel A3, just bought a Bushmaster Carbon 15 pistol, Ide guess the 62gr is better in it.. Happy shootin.."
– Jaxx
5.0 5
"Good ammo.....outstanding penetration.A little pricey right at the moment, but with all that's needed for our brothers and sisters overseas, production can barely keep up....bear with it for now.Fired mine at 3/8\" steel plate at 235 yds....was in awe to find perfect holes...punched right through.Fired from Colt Match Target Competition HBAR 2 (MT6731) and M4 clone (custom-built). Never had a misfire (yet) with this ammo.If you can afford it....definitely buy it !!"
– millertary
3.0 5
"We shot only green tip bullets in infantry school and in basic training.I'm sure they didnt let us waste ap bullets on papper targets. Good bullets though no problem at 350meters dropping a pop up or holding a group."
– ground pounder148
4.0 5
"shot some of my friends stockpile through my bushmaster predator @ 100yds. rig is set up for prarie dog huntin with big magnification scope, but we were routinely hitting plastic army men @ that range. also shot golfballs off the frames and continued to drill them out to 200yds. Picked the balls up and they looked like swiss cheese. will also go through the 3/8 plate steel @ 100yds easily. love this ammo. Price is now too high, but thats happening to ammo across the board. gonna have to start reloading."
– mr. crabypattie
4.0 5
"Don't shoot at hard targets or animals with this round...The M855 5.56 x 45 cartridge is simply a ball projectile. Yes, it is the current military issue and it does work well enough with the correct shot placement but it is not ideal for personal defense, hunting or serious target shooting.[1] The steel core insert is sometimes not perfectly centered in the mass of the bullet which degrades accuracy with unbalanced rotation.[2] 5.56 x 45 FMJ (ball) ammo works the best at peak velocity. If you are lucky enough and the bullet collides with enough mass at close range it will tumble and fragment - usually breaks in half at the case crimp. However, this same lack of sectional density can be a negative in terms of deep penetration or shooting through an obstruction. Once the 5.56 projectile begins to slow down (2000 FPS) it becomes effective as an ice pick. Hunting coyotes and similar small animals at longer ranges may produce many inhumane, slow kills. It is however, all about shot placement.[3] Don't shoot at hard targets. This can prove to be very dangerous. The 5.56 is the wrong gun to use as an anti-materiel weapon. Yes, you can shoot through 3/8\" mild steel plate, but take a close look at what comes out the other side...nothing more than a spray of metal particles as the bullet basically vaporizes. Also, concrete cinder blocks - Yes, you can punch a hole in one side of the block and that is all, not even a scratch on the opposite side. Every commercial .223 round will do the same.[4] If you need to hit a target through a steel plate or cinder block start with a 7.62 x 51 or wait for the target to come out of cover. If you are using your 5.56 rifle for hunting or self-defense try Hornady's TAP ammunition. TAP offers immediate and complete energy transfer to the target with supreme accuracy. The TAP bullets have a polymer tip for reliable function. If you are using the AR-15 rifle, remember, it is about speed and accuracy, not penetration or massive knockdown power."
– dconline
4.0 5
"The ammo was made for one purpose, to penetrate ballistic helmets, hence the mild steel core. I see alot of jarheads in here, semper fi."
– TopdogUSMC
5.0 5
"...OOH-RAH!!! \uFFFD\uFFFDBack for more! \uFFFDJust love these rounds... \uFFFDSame ones I consistently used to shoot expert with in the Corps. \uFFFDStill no sign of SAW AP black tipped babies (Nammo M995 5.56mm x 45) for sale on CTD, huh? Bummer\uFFFD Oh well, 5 or 6 yr old Lake City M855s @ $0.48 a round will do just fine. LOL!Semper Fi,BoBBy"
– BoBBy
5.0 5
"This is the best ammo I've fired from my AR-15 and mini-14. I have 55 grain Lake city and American Eagle but the 62 grain wins hands down. I hope it stays in stock long enough for me to get more."
– Greg
1.0 5
"They will not post my honest reveiw.Sensorship-sound familar.There is alot better ammo and the same ammo out there at a better price.Just look for it.I purchased some of this stuff 2 months ago.Was not happy at all.I do not say this unless its true.For the price of this ammo,it should have been in pristeen condition.O.K CTD,I've purchased alot of your products.This is the only one I'm not happy with.Suck it up and post this reveiw or I'll take my business elsewere. <br><br><font color=red><b>Note:</font> CTD post reviews good and bad as long as the review is helpful to others</b><br>"
– UWNFS
5.0 5
"Not sure where uwnsf purchase his ammo, but apparently not a Marine or a soldier. DO NOT buy wolf ammo. It is in steel casings and will ruin yur barrel. I have no investment in cheaperthandirt, just an expert level marksman in oistol/rifle and I know my ammo. PLEASE only use brass casings! Yes I have fired several brands of some excellent .223 match grade but I am not competing. I am either \"plinking\" or self defense if God forbid need be. In 45acp, I strongly suggest 230grRemington golden saber or Winchester SXT. SXT though not s=as formidable as the infamous Black Talons (still have 100rnds) it is the second best thin and an excellent round. And if in L/E, buy the bonded golden sabers. They will maintain shape through clothing, glass, etc until intented target is hit. Then they have pretty much unparaled expansion and internal damage to surrounding vital organs if center mass is hit<br><br>After having srved 4 tours,a total of six years in the mid-east when I was with the 1st division, Lake city saved my life and several others that served under me.The penetrator arms are not armor piercing(black tip) and are not advirtised as such. I can consistantly shoot golf balls and toy army men @ 300m with my bushmaster. Off the subject a little, I would really like to see a switch to the 6.8spc. a much more flatter shooting round plisa 110 gr round, closer to a 7.62.( We always kept an AK 47 carbine strapped under uniform for reasons that if not obvious, I will not explain.) mine has an Eotech 552 ( m-4 has an aimpoint ML3 and the eotech's target aquisition is much faster.Pardon me for drifting off subjuect. Yes, I highly recommend the Lake City ammo. As I said; buy soething like Remington match quality with 20 rounds a box for over $20 and see how much more accurate you asre @ 100m. 200m, 300m etc. not sure hoew far the other branches of the military train just their grunts to fire..LOL! Just messing around! Pleas do give lake city a chance. and pleas take my kno..."
– LtcAllen, IIMEF, usmc
5.0 5
"Regarding the guy who complained about the condition of his ammo and the other guy who said his ammo was made in 2001; As I am told, Lake City ammo always has a headstamp of LC and a year designator and the newer stuff has the nato circle with a cross in it. I just goy my ammo today and the year designator says LC 06. My ammo was in fine condition with no problems. It arrived timely and was very neatly packaged. Also has the NATO Cross stamped on it. The ammo with the X prefix i.e. XM196 is ammo that was issued and then repacked and sold on the civilian market. It is not contract overrun but rather prior issue ammo. The Government accepts all ammunition that properly passes acceptance tests. The ammunition that the Government rejects, they have have to \"eat\" contract-wise. This REJECTED ammuniton is what some refer to as \"surplus\" (XMxxx and XMxxxPD). Call it what you will; however, it is ammo the Government rejected due to poor quality control, failure to pass lot acceptance tests, etc. This ammo will not always be perfect cosmetically. Contract overrun will not have the X prefix and is also sold domestically. Also Military ammo does not look \"pretty\" like commercial brass ammo as Lake City omits the step of \"cleaning up\" the ammo before packaging (saves $$).I bought mine via telephone from a representative named Tim who gave me great price. I havent fired it yet but will let you know."
– Lawdoctor
4.0 5
"Let\uFFFDs get the story strait. Use the green tip ammo because that\uFFFDs what your AR-15 is meant to fire. If you are in love with punching holes in steel buy an M-44 for $70, and a 440 round spam can of 7.62x54 for $50. It will smoke a steel I-beam at 100 yds and kick up a huge dust cloud. Oh one other thing the green tip is in no way armor piercing, or was it meant to be. It was designed to penetrate Kevlar flak jacket and helmet at 400 yds. That\uFFFDs it."
– nova shooter
4.0 5
"Ok guys, Nova shooter has it right. The green tip stuff (usually) denotes the heavier bullets (62 grains). This isn't intended to be AP stuff, but yeah it will penetrate mild steel plate. The longer the bullet the faster the twist of your barrel has to be to stabalize it. If your rifle is one with a 1:9 or 1:7 twist you need the heavier ammo to maximize accuracy. If you have the 1:11 or 1:14 (really old) you'll do better with the 55 grain stuff. This is pretty good stuff for plinking or games of chase the golf ball. But just because its heavier doesn't mean your bushmaster is going to become a 400 meter tackdriver. Enjoy keep shootin....."
– csdqm2
5.0 5
"received my order today,four days flat and the usual outstanding customer service.The ammo is as advertised and should perform to specs."
– akattack
5.0 5
"This is the only ammunition that I've used in my new AR15. I've put about 400 rds thru it so far and nothing out of the ordinary except perfect firing. The year manufacture on the rounds have been either '04 or '06. Both have worked great. All around, awesome product and I'll keep buying it so long as it's still around."
– camarocarman
5.0 5
"Okay, I bought some awhile ago when it was still inexpensive. Bought a 1000 rounds and now wish I wasn't wasting it on soft targets. I have a 3/8\" piece of steel at at 100 yards these bullets make a great and consistant pass every time through it. To compare, I've shot my 460magnum at 20yards and it barely leaves a mark in the steel. Further, I've also nailed it many times with regular .223 target loads, 62 grain hollow points and more, including basically everything in my mini arsenal including a 300 win mag and nothing even dents the steel plate, These bullets are kick ass AND no problems at all. Very good stuff!"
– Nate
5.0 5
"Get it while you can."
– Lil' C
5.0 5
"This is the real deal hammer time ammo man. Get this stuff while you can. Yeah, it's a little costly compared to 2 years ago but it's not going to go down. I will buy as much of this stuff as my wallet will allow. Plus, the brass is awesome for reloading. I have Lake city brass that I have reloaded 6 times that continues to shoot great."
– marksman
1.0 5
"this is the first review that ive written and i am going to tell it like it is.i bought an ar15 about a year ago.it is a bushmaster a4 with a removable carry handle and has a20\" barrel.their lit says it should print about 1.1/2 group.ive been shooting almost every thing except wolf becauseit is russian and they are not our friends.i broke down and bought a 100 rds from cheaper than dirt and it showed up in 2 days.o yea it was lake city ammo with green tip dated 04.hurriedly i headed out to the range to check out these 1\"groups that i was going to get .and what a big let down,i shot 3 3rd groupes and each groupe measured almost 6\" ive never been dissapointed in my life with a bullett.i then shot a groupe with winchester5.56 55gr and it printed about 4\".i waited a few min and shot a groupe with winchester45 gr hp and it measured 3/4\".im sure there might be something that im overlooking.again my ar is a bushmaster 20\"bbl with 1 in 9 twist .im using a simmons 3x9 scopeand i did install a r r arms 2 stage match trigger several mos ago .i am looking foe help and d or understandingrespectfully"
– bent hammer
3.0 5
"Overall, not bad ammo. I shot a bunch of it and there was only one dud. The brass wasn't the best quality, and it was a bit old. I bet that for the same price you could get better, more powerful ammo. If you haven't tried it yet it's worth a try. I used an AR-15 with a 1:9 twist. It didn't penetrate as far as some other types of ammo, but fun to shoot. The steel core is a bonus, but look around for better ammo first."
– R3bel
4.0 5
"These are the same rounds that are using in Iraq as we speak. No more, no less. The packaging is different than what we got in the military, but the rounds seem to be the same. If you want military ammo, I'd suggest getting it now. These probably won't be around much longer."
– Psycho Sanchez
5.0 5
"Took an Ar-15 course recently with a brand new 1-in-9 AR, 16\" barrel. Used only this ammo. No problems whatsoever. Pleased with purchase."
– Mister Pants
5.0 5
"The SS109 from Lake City Armory is the most accurate at close and medium ranges (50 - 200 meters) available. Feeds exceptionally well and recoil is very manageable."
– Long Range Shooter
4.0 5
"After reading some of the reviews I thought I needed to write one myself. This Ammo is exactly as advertised. It is Lake City, it is penetrator ss109, they are 62 grain bullets. It IS SURPLUS AMMO. It is going to be old and the brass is not going to be shinny. It's not supposed to be shinny, and since we are in the middle of a war, any surplus ammo is surplus because of the shelf date. This will not hurt the ammo!!! I am currently shooting Lake City Match 173 grn in my .308 that was manufactured in 1970-71. It shoots .6 inch groups at 100 yds \"if I do my part\". I wish I could find a few more cans of that. Also, would you want a bunch of shinny brass on you in a combat zone? It wasn't shiny when the military got it brand new. Also, just cause it's from \"Lake City\" doesn't mean it's gonna shoot 1 inch groups. You need \"Lake City Match\" or \"Long Range\" for that, and it doesn't have the steel core. Trust me, I'm also a competitive shooter. This ammo was ment to be sent down range in bursts of 3 out of an M16 or Car4 or other type of full auto rifle. Penetrator isn't armor piercing either. It is penetrator for penetrating vests and other soft targets. Not 1 inch steel plates. Also, shooting at steel plates at close range with steel core ammo is just down right dangerous. This is GREAT ammo. I've shot cans and cans of it. It does what it is supposed to do. It is as advertised. If your gun doesn't shoot it very well your twist rate is probably too slow and you need to go to a lighter bullet weight or a faster twist barrel. If your gun shoots it good then you've got a great deal on some great ammo right here. I only wish I had bought more cans of this stuff when I did, and the price was lower. If your rifle shoots this ammo accurately \"less than 3MOA\" then buy as much as you can afford, cause the price is only going to go up as long as we are at war and surpluss supply is low. This ammo is great for plinking with your AR or Mini14 or whatever burns up a lot of am"
– B Jeff Cooper
5.0 5
"I bought quite a few boxes of this surplus stuff, and I have had no problems whatsoever firing it out of my Colt HBar AR-15. It fed and functioned great, without a single jam or misfire. I consider myself to be fairly accurate; I shot around 2\" groups at about 50 yards repeatedly. This stuff is definately not for plinking, but it sure is fun to do it anyway if you have the $$$."
– GlockGuy
5.0 5
"I purchased 200 rounds, all were as advertised. I sighted in a new Trijicon ACOG TA31 and a Doctor Optics red dot sight with these. Grouping was tight and all rounds fired appeared to be very consistant. Some have reviewed that these rounds were not consistant and all I can say is the batch I purchased were excellent. I'm purchasing more."
– Martin
3.0 5
"I have been through 4 boxes of this ammo so far and not too impressed. The first box of 20 had 4 that the primers did not ignite. Each round had a clear deep indent in the primer. I fired three more boxes and got 2 more rounds that did not ignite. The ammo does O.K. groups at 100 yards but nothing special. Simply just a plinking round only."
– RC
5.0 5
"people talk about the accuracy of this bullet, i guess they need 1/2 moa @ 400 meters. if you are target shooting with this then you are wasteful. it's penetrator ammo, if you dont know what it is then look it up. save a few mags. you may need to defeat a vest one day."
– jeepguy
5.0 5
"this is great stuff! it fed well through my mini 14 no miss fires out of 100 rds. decent accuracy not perfect but this ammo isnt match grade ammo its made for combat situations. if your looking for good 5.56 ammo to stock up on for plinking or god forbid if that shtf day i would recomend trying this stuff out. happy shooting!!"
– master mason
5.0 5
"Top quality ammunition, using a LE M4, consistent .5\" groups at 200 meters using an ACOG. Superb function, no feed problems, rock solid ammo. Highly recommend for any .223 caliber firearm. Price is rather high on all M855/M865 ammo, we should see a drop in price here at some point. This is the real deal though, stock up and most importantly - Enjoy!"
– Lake City XM855
5.0 5
"To the reviewer Lake City XM855 on 1/27/08, I agree with you by giving this ammo 5 bullets but thats where it stops. There are four inacuracies in your review. 1) .5 inch groups @ 200 meters from an M4 using mil-surplus ammo? I could only imagine what you could do using Black Hills Red Box and a bolt action. 2) Don't recommend using this ammo for any .223 caliber firearm. The .223 is not designed to handle the chamber pressures from this cartidge and is deemed unsafe to use. 3) M865 ammo is 120mm tank cannon ammoand CTD does not sell it. I think you may have meant M856 tracer ammo and 4)The price of this ammo will only go up and in the event we end up with Hillary or Obama it will be outlawed so I would buy as much as soon as you can. I've shot over a thousand rounds of this stuff and have not had any problems with accuracy (2-3 inch groups @ 100 meters using an Eotech 553) or reliability."
– coonus
4.0 5
"Naturally, it's not as clean and shiny as commercial new. But this is good ammo. Shoots consistently and accurately offhand inside 100 yards from my M4-style carbine with non-magnification Eotech optic. That is what I need my AR to do. The green-tipped SS109 penetrator bullet is a plus. This Lake City M855 was an easy \"five bullet\" rating not long ago when CTD was selling it for around $7/box. Now it's a four-bullet deal. Worth it, but not a bargain. Buy some, test it in your rifle(s), and put aside for a rainy day."
– P. Plainsman
5.0 5
"I read these reviews about how bad the ammo is and I think 80% of the problem is the shooter."
– chris
4.0 5
"62 grain bullets are considerably heavier than most AR rifles are designed to properly stabalize based on typical 1:9 twist rates. (Long range barrels are 1:8) Bullet weight is critical when selecting ammo if you have expectations of accuracy. As a rule of thumb, 1:9 twist rates are designed to handle 42-57 gr., while 1:8 can handle 55-68 gr. Shooting heavier or lighter bullets than design will result in extremes in either direction that all result in headscratching.... All said, pay attention if you plan on paying attention."
– coyote hntr
5.0 5
"For those of you having some problems with getting a good group, here are the facts. First for the guy that was zeroing and fired this ammo with a 4\" group then another ammo with a 3\" group and so on down to 3/4\" here are some things you may want to account for. First the ammo is made for the military that uses a 1/7 twist not your standard 1/9 or 1/8 civilian. This being said the difference between the 55g and the mil 62g will not be that big of a deal. Also as you shoot, if you are an experienced shooter your barrel will heat up and when it hits a consistent temperature you will see you tightest groups. Thats why everyone thinks we are just playing around when we take a range and shoot just fun tagets and burst for 20-30 minutes, its not play we are heating our barrels. Aslo keep in mind this bullet is made for combat not match shooting, this bullet is made for defeating armor at ranges out to about 250-300 at its max efficency. Its a good round to fight up close and personal with. Thats it dont expect military ammo to make you a military shooter, it takes years of training, practice and recording your dope. When you master that you can master any shot with any ammo by simply zeroing and constant practice."
– SFC M
2.0 5
"-Do not buy this ammo if you intend to hit anything beyond 100m. I got a chance to test some of this M855 ammo along with 8 other types out of my 20\" AR. I bought this ammo back in 2006, but it has been properly stored. I was able to shoot 1/2 in. groups with 75gr. and 60gr. TAP ammo and other groups with lower quality ammo were not too much worse. The M855 ammunition functioned flawlessly, but the grouping was completely out of control. I fired both with a cold and hot barrel and it grouped at something like 5\"!!! I was so suprised I had to test it twice and the results were the same. I believe that the penatrator is not properly centered because this ammunition is totally messed up when it comes to accuracy, there was absoutly no consistancy. I bought the ammo at under $6 from here and it's not worth $4 today because the grouping is substancially worse than the Wolf 62gr. I tested. I hope the ammo they're selling now isn't the same stuff."
– Med
5.0 5
"Being in the Marine Corps for 13 years now and spending a few years in Iraq I can tell you that I've shot a few rounds of this ammo in my Time. It's the prefect round for the job. That is if the job involves fireing at lightly armored vehicles or body armor at 250yd to 300yd but accuracy becomes limited once the 300yd mark is reached. This isn't a round that you should be using for long range target practice beings the round isn't made for accuracy as much as it is made for penetration power. I've personally seen this round punch a hole clean through 1/2\" steel at 100yd so It sure has penetration power behind it. If you plan on using this round for target practice it won't really do you any good unless you have the right weapon. This round is designed to be fired in rifle with a 1/7 twist such as my M16A2. Anything more than this just won't cut it as far as accuracy goes. Other than that it's top grade ammunition. A good buy. Feeds fine. Fires clean. The only bad thing is that the price of ammunition keeps going up so I suggest you stock up while you can."
– US Marine
5.0 5
"I'm no expert but I had no problem with the ammo. I'm shooting an Olympic arms AR. I think it holds pretty good groups considering what it is designed for. No jams no problems. I will buy more."
– RTMAN
5.0 5
"While CTD provides us with this opportunity to help each other out by giving reviews of products sold, somehow it has turned into a discussion forum on ballistics, twist rates etc. While I enjoy reading all the threads, I cannot help but respond to all the misinformation that leads people in the wrong direction. This is a disservice to CTD (the fine folks doing this for us) and we the customers. No information beats bad information. If I was a first time customer of CTD and depending on some of the reviews, I would pass on this ammo after discovering my AR had a 1:9 twist rate. SFC M on 2/18/08, you are correct that the military uses a 1:7 twist rate. They use this twist rate for one reason only, the L-110/M856 tracer. The M856 is an extremely long bullet and for those of us who do understand ballistics its the length more than the weight that dictates the twist rate required. The optimal twist rate for the M856 is 1:6. The optimal twist rate for the M855 is 1:8. The military needed a twist rate that would best suit both bullets and they settled on the 1:7. Coyote hntr on 2/17/08, I don't know where you got your ballistic data at but according to the US military the SS109 M855 62g is best suited for a 1:8 twist and both 1:7 and 1:9 twist rates are well suited for this bullet. In addition, a 1:9 twist can shoot up to a 75g bullet accurately, although thats really pushing it. In closing I think you the reviewers should do some research as to what your rifle is best suited for and in the event you have purchased some of this LC M855 and you don't think it's the correct ammo, send it to me and I'll dispose of it accurately in my 1:9 Bushy."
– coonus
5.0 5
"This is the same ammo we used on the qualification courses in the Marine Corps and for what I do now privately. In the Corps we'd shoot iron sights at the 200, 300, and 500. In the sitting at the 200 I was able to put rounds within a 1\" grouping constantly, and I consistently scored 58-59ish out of 65 on the course of fire each year for qual. I was also a Marksmanship Instructor.....this leads me to the next bit of info....The claim below of a 0.5\" group with an ACOG at 200 is completely possible. If you're not getting good groups with this ammo, don't be so quick to blame the weapon or the munitions. 99% of the time I found it was the shooter causing the inaccuracies. Nothing wrong with this ammo."
– Steuby
2.0 5
"Unlike the ad, the 4 boxes I received are correctly marked M855, not M885 as pictured. Given the condition of what I received compared to the listing, I suspect that I received old surplus from a damp warehouse instead of the shiny new mislabled stuff listed on the site. Most cases show some corrosion and gunk. Some look battered like they are reloads. Overall, very disappointed"
– LE6920
2.0 5
"Something is strange. Just received the ammo and I never expected SURPLUS ammo to be nice and shiny, but I do expect the brass not to have dents and scrapes. It looks like the kind of brass you find on the ground at the range after it has been exposed to the elements for a couple of months. I wonder if the brass has been reloaded. I have not fired it yet so I can't comment on that aspect."
– 36yrArmyVet
2.0 5
"I have ordered this ammo in varying quantities several times from CTD over the last year or so and every time it has been different. It is advertised as being mislabeled, and in all but one case it was, but the lots are of varying dates and quality. I have received lots dated 1999, 2001, and 2005. Of course military rounds are not gonna be all shiny and polished like commercial ammo, and that is fine, but some of the lots are just downright corroded like previous reviewers have stated. What I dont understand is how all of these different lots over so many years are \"mislabeled.\" It doesnt make sense. I could understand if it was a one time misprint. What you must understand when buying this ammo is it is surplus. For whatever reason the military didnt want it and sold it at a discount to the civilian market. As far as the ammo in general, it does what it is supposed to do. This is the ammo M-16's/AR-15's are designed to shoot, regardless of barrel twist rate. Just dont expect it to be shiny, new, or non corroded. I remember about 6 months ago this stuff was $6.99 a box. It was definately worth that price..."
– Jarhead3
4.0 5
"I purchased a few hundred rds of this ammo and I am very pleased. I put 200 rds thru my ruger mini-14 and I didn't get a single misfire or jam. The brass is a little tarnished but that is irrelevent. This is good stuff. Better buy it before supplies run out!"
– Dnut
3.0 5
"I just got 600 rounds of this. I have spotted a few dents and scrathes, but nothing major. The description doesn't appear to be very accurate anymore judging by the most recent reviews. My package was properly marked.I haven't shot a round from this batch yet, but I'll write another review if it shoots like crap."
– Andrew Strong
4.0 5
"I bought 5 boxes of this ammo, all the boxes were marked M855. The ammo is stamped LC 06, so it's not that old. All of the rounds are in good shape. There is very little discoloration, and no dents. I haven't shot any of it, but I'm sure it's fine. My rifle is chambered for 5.56 mm rather than .223, so I don't anticipate any problems."
– Oregon P.I.
3.0 5
"As others have stated, this is old stuff and not in very good shape. Mine is marked '05 and not mislabeled as advertised. I'm not buying this again from CTD, that's for sure."
– ar15er
5.0 5
"I should hope that people that write these reviews would know the products that they are reviewing, but hence, that is not the case in a few of these reviews. Jarhead has it more right than anyone. This is not \"Shiny new brass\"... It is not intended to be. It is intended to be shot at enemies, not national matches at Camp Perry. There is a distinction in brass and it's purpose. I shoot many types of ammo for many reasons, matches and what not. This is great for the AR and for the purpose therein. My weapon is designed to destroy, this ammo does just that. When I want pretty ammo for show, I buy that. When I want to shoot something that I intend to destroy, I will buy this every time. I have had no problem shooting off 30 rounds in a bumpfire without a single jam or misfire. I see no issues with this ammo other than I go through it entirely too fast because it is so smooth and fun to shoot. Add a few rounds of tracers and wow... what a beautiful time for a girl on a Saturday night!!"
– AR Woman
5.0 5
"AR Woman is dead on. I doubt anyone here other than some AM or LEO's will use this ammo for what it is designed for. This was not designed to punch nice, tight groups in paper. It was designed to hault personel. The shinny brass thing....... this is millitary ammo, why would you want bright things on your person? That's why we wear camo. The discoloration on the brass at the neck is due to an annealing process (a good thing). This ammo is perfect for its \"designed\" purpose. If you want sub-MOA groups.... spend the money to get it. If you want reliable ammo to serve a defence need.... buy this ammo."
– Bill
5.0 5
"Haven't fired it yet, but boxes looked clean and new, rounds looked clean and new, a few little surface blemishes that let you know it's real military ammo, but no corrosion or signs of poor manufacture or excessive age. I'd buy it again."
– uncle charlie
5.0 5
"Some of the best ammo I have put throught my bushmaster. stock up while you can, this is the real deal and still a great price. Save some for a rainy day. It can be stored for many years"
– LE trained
5.0 5
"Purchased this ammo and received it in a timely few days. The ammo did not look abnormal or deficient but rather good. I have yet to shoot this ammo but anticipate it will be a good experience."
– RRB
5.0 5
"I am happy with the consistency of this ammo. I compared it to Federal American Eagle (the pretty, shiny ammo) and achieved similar groupings at 100m without changing the iron sights."
– JM
5.0 5
"I suspect that the bad reviews are people wanting to scare off buyers. \"More for me!\" You can't find this stuff anywhere. It shoots just fine through my Bushmaster. I wish I could afford to buy all they have left."
– Tim
5.0 5
"Awesome ammunition!!! I used this ammo in my DPMS Arms M4 and shot steel targets out to 500 \"yards\" iron sights. I had to move my 1/4\" steel plates out past 260 yds because it does what it says...it penetrates. The bullet hole is somewhat smaller than the caliber of .223 out past 200 yards....I think there is a steel core that makes it fly through steel. Absolutely great ammo, feeds flawlessly, fired rounds smell like the military rifle ranges I've trained at when shooting 5.56. I trained my baby sister on an AR15 out to 500 meters exceding the army standard 300 \"meters\". Stock up while they are still available. or before i start stocking up on more. My wall locker is almost full of these."
– AMMO-JUNKIE
5.0 5
"shipping was very fast and the lot I received was from 07 and still shinny with no dents very pleased. U's have definitely have made a loyal customer of me."
– Shock Troop
5.0 5
"Just got my second shipment of these, I love this stuff, so does my Mini 14. I have had ZERO problems with this ammo. Out of this order, 95% was marked \"07\", the rest \"06\". It's practically brand new, the brass is not shiny because it's not supposed to be, but it is free from corrosion and dents and feeds flawlessly from a 20 rnd mag, the price has gone up just like everything else, but you cant get better ammo for less(imho). I'll be buying lots more to put up for a rainy day. I love CTD, quality goods for less, and FAST shipping."
– Kev-O
5.0 5
"just received my shipment.great delivery time.all the ammo was marked 08 which was surprising but good.only 1 cartridge had a very little dent that u could hardly see,no corrosion.have not shot any yet but i will write when i do.so far so good."
– scratch
5.0 5
"i got my first order of these a couple months ago. out of 15 boxes i got at least 14 worth of 07 ammo and about 20 from 06. my next order i got all 08 so im very pleased with the ammo, it looks great and nothing wrong with them. I don't think it even took more then a week to reach me so its very fast shipping."
– DrGreenthumbb
3.0 5
"I bought 2000 rounds of these back in May I think it was. All the rounds have been stamped -'07.I shoot a Sig 556 16' barrel. The barrel has a 1 in 7 twist and the rifle sports the Trijon Acog scope. As far as reliability I have had zero problems, I have shot about 700 rounds to date and of the Sellier & Bellot I shoot (same 62 grain) and my hand loads (Sierra HPBT 77gr.) these L.C. rounds are the least consistant. Granted my gun is, I believe known for 1.5 MOA, maybe 1\" but these will have a flyer 1 out of 5-6 shoots. The S&B shots groups like the Sierra's at 1 MOA\" sometimes better, and this is whether I shoot from a gun vise or not.Its not the shooter, I can shoot sub MOA (3/8\" groups-5 shots) from my Savage .308 w/Millan stock. Again the Sig is not a competition rifle so I am not so much knocking the ammo for its accuracy but merely its random flyers, gun clean, dirty whatever, consistant tests. Could have been a bad lot but.....Compared to the S&B which is consistant and never a single problem with them, I wish I would have bout 2000 of them (S&B)and 750 of the Lake City instead of the other way around.I wont buy these for my rifle again"
– Byrd
4.0 5
"I've purchased at least 1, 000 rounds and really can't decide which rifle handles the SS109 better. (The Siaga or the Mini 14) The rounds go bang in each rifle so I'm pleased."
– Lightemup
5.0 5
"Excellent ammunition. Will go through half-inch steel plates. Recommended."
– WEHRWOLF
5.0 5
"Used many of these rounds, they perform the same as they did in service. Keep your weapon in check, extracter clear, fresh springs in the weapon and the mags, tight gas rings and of course a good hammer strike and your GOOD 2 GO. These M855's do what they were meant to do and thats to stop hearts! I've spent 1000's of rounds of this ammo from CTD at the range without any problems, I will buy more soon. P.S. MAINTAINE THOSE WEAPONS!"
– USMC RECON SNIPER
4.0 5
"To answer the question asked by a gentleman before, it works extermely well in a mini 14, I have the target model mini 14,no problems found on this ammo, my stepson is active military, serving in Turkey right now, and when he is on leave we go shooting, he says it performs better in the mini, compared to the same ammo in his issued AR, imagine that!"
– batiz
5.0 5
"Excellent ammo!!! I ordered monday and got it thurs morning. Shipping fast and accurate. Will definately shop CTD again. First time buyer. There is a couple of people posting that say it is ok to shoot 5.56 out of a .223 like a mini 14. THIS IS NOT TRUE!!!!! they may be shooting them but it is DANGEROUS!!!!!! you can shoot .223 from a 5.56 but not 5.56 out of a .223. Different specs on the chambering. UNLESS it is chambered in a .223 Wylde. I have been gunsmithing for over 25 years and have seen many a Mini14 blown up because of a 5.56 round. Just please be careful people and use common sense. You wouldnt shoot a 357 out of a gun chambered for only .38."
– roxspyder
5.0 5
"This ammunition is great for your Ruger Mini-14, and it's safe to use in it.The manual states this: \"AMMUNITION (580 series Mini-14 and above) The RUGER\uFFFD MINI-14\uFFFD RANCH RIFLES are chambered for the .223Remington (5.56mm) cartridge. The Mini-14 Ranch Rifle is designed to use either standardized U.S. military, OR factory loaded sporting .223 (5.56mm) cartridges manufactured in accordance with U.S. industry practice.\" The 180 series Mini 14 States this: \" The Mini14 is designed to use EITHER U.S. Military, Commercial sporting, Or Other .223(5.56mm) caliber ammunition manufactured to U.S. industry standards.\" It's some of the best ammo out there."
– Gungearman
3.0 5
"I just received a couple of boxes of these today. Needless to say they do not seem to be the ammo from all the reviews that compelled me to buy them. Many of the casings were pitted and gauged, some so bad they don\uFFFDt even look safe to fire. I\uFFFDm not sure my Sabre m-4 will be willing to digest them, hopefully I\uFFFDm wrong. Way to pricey for these rejects, there not for me, glad the rest of you had better luck!"
– Not so happy
4.0 5
"Great ammunition! will penetrate 1/4 inch plates with ease. Not 1/2 inch. Tried it myself on regular indusrty steel at ten yards, not hardened armor plate. And the core of the round didnt have enough energy to go all the way through, nice dent though. The .223 is capable of penetrating half inch armor, but you need the black tipped rounds only accesible by the military. The difference is that these rounds have a tungsten tip as well as the hardened steel core. SS109 were designed to defeat most types of body armor not steel plates."
– Ramathorn974
4.0 5
"I purchased only 2 boxes of this ammo and it has very decent performance. Cases aren't shiny like commercial civillian .223 but this is military ammo so you can't expect that. This is not plinking ammo, it is far to expensive and scarce for that. It is for defensive purposes. Someone said it will penetrate 1/2 inch steel at 100 yds, yea right someone does not have a clue of what they are talking about. To penetrate 1/2 steel plate you will need at least a 30-06 but a .50 BMG would be better. This ammo will penetrate 1/4 steel @ 50 yds as such it will defeat level 3 armor out to about 150yds. Someone also mentioned that a this 5.56 penetrated a steel plate better .300 Win. mag needs to put down the crack pipe. Overall very satisfied for home defensive ammo with excellent feeding and extraction through my DPMS Classic 20\". None had dings or were corroded, if your shooting \"3-4-5\" with this something is way wrong with your shooting or your gun. BTW a 1-9 twist can fire up to 75 gr bullets all day long,55 gr. is in no way the ceiling for this twist, 55 to about 69gr however, are best."
– Pantherman
1.0 5
"Twenty rounds fired, twenty rounds keyholed on a 25 meter target. It is not my AR as I fired 20 rounds reload hornady boattails with no problem. If I want junk ammo, I don't need to pay this high a price."
– csarebel
5.0 5
"This is the 5.56x45mm ammo issued for combat. The 62grain projectile will do what it is designed to do. Defeat Level III+ personal body armor and send a bad guy to his maker. It was not designed for competitive marksmanship with tiny little holes for ten rounds to all go through at competitive TARGET shooting range. Targets don't shoot back & this ammo was designed to work in a soldier or marines issue weapon thats probably got a thousand scratches & dings on it, needs cleaning and lube, and has dummy cord tied to his sight. This ammo will hit the bad guys and kill them. Plinking or competitive shooting ammo may hit a more consistantly smaller shot group, but it won't kill bad guys like this ammo will. You get what you pay for and this stuff is not always available so the price is affected by supply and demand. If you are a competitive \"marksman\" shooter, or a weekend plinker, unless you won the lottery, this is not the ammo for you. If you think you may ever fire your ammo to defend yourself and others, buy this ammo."
– B
5.0 5
"I bought this stuff after reading all the bad reviews thinking I'll try it anyway. If you don't like this stuff you need a better weapon. I zeroed at 100 yards with this ammo and then went back to the M193 round. The M855 holds a much tighter group and is very consistent. I like it much better than the M193. I wish I had another 4 or 5 thousand rounds of this stuff."
– Bronson
4.0 5
"This is mil ammo as was stated, it will not be bright and shiny, these lots are rotated out ammo from the Armed forces. As for the keyhole issue, that means your barrel does not have sufficient twist to stablize the 62 grain rounds. Older rifles have less twist designed for the 55 grain."
– viper
4.0 5
"Recieved this order by ground in two days! Great job CTD! My four star rating is based on the price per box I was charged only a few days ago. About 1-3 rounds in every box were dented enough to make them questionable, but at the price, I felt this was acceptable. However, at the new price, I would only give the ammo 3 stars at best. Not an expert, just my honest two cents."
– Ethan A
1.0 5
"\"Probably the best 5.56 ammo for combat ever produced in the USA.\"Who researches things before they allow someone to type it up on the web site. M855 is the most inaccurate CRAP that the Govt. has EVER issued. It's cheep, over produced, and only good for door kicking, and shots out to maybe 200 yds. Key holes at 500 easily."
– SF
5.0 5
"Stick to your Match Ammo, This Ammo does exactly what it was designed for. I'm Very Satisfied with the performance of this ammo."
– OSS
5.0 5
"As others who have responded to postings in this thread about dissatisfaction with the M855, I feel it is again important to remind many of you exactly what it is you are purchasing. As a few others pointed out - this round is designed to take out the enemy in quick order - not hit the ten ring or bulls eye on your paper targets. Please let me also point out that this round is not really intended for .223 remington, but rather 5.56 NATO applications, particulary in the M16A2/A3 and in the M4 Carbine. The barrel twist of the M16A1 and other early model knock-offs can't reliably fire the M855. Here's an extract from Field Manual 3-22.9 with change 4: Cartridge, 5.56-mm, Ball, M855. (Used in the M16A2/3/4 and M4-series weapons.) The M855 cartridge has a 62-grain, gilded metal-jacketed, lead alloy core bullet with a steel penetrator. The primer and case are waterproof. This round is also linked and used in the M249. It has a green tip (5, Figure 2-42, page 2-28). This ammunition should not be used in the M16A1 except under emergency conditions, and only at targets less than 90 meters in distance. (The twist of the M16A1 rifling is notsufficient to stabilize the length of the 62-grain projectile of the round.)Just an FYI - Happy shooting!"
– MP 1SG (Raptor)
5.0 5
"Look at the label on the box. It says that it is 5.56mm Ammo. Now take a look at the stamping on the barrel of your upper. If it says 5.56 or .223/5.56, then you can use the ammo. If your weapon has the stamp of .223 only then your rifle can't handle the overpressure that this round has and it will possibily damage your chamber. Everyone needs to read on the strengths and weaknesses of the AR, esp what this round was designed for. The AR comes with 3 twist types. The 1:9, the 1:8, and the 1:7 (military). Find out what is best for your weapon. As for me, this round is a tack driver."
– AR15Freak
3.0 5
"Not only is this ammunition not pretty as others have observed, it bears inspection before firing. I've found that roughly 3 percent of these rounds have split cases at the case mouth."
– ARA
5.0 5
"Hey fellow shooters!Just remember that Lake City don't tumble their brass clean when they manufacture their cases. But the rounds are darn accurate with the right rifle twist. When you order it and inspect your ammo (you should always do this to make sure everything is in order no matter what brand you buy) don't be discouraged by the \"gunk\" on the rounds. Its from the seal in which make M855 (ss109) waterproof. However if You want pretty clean M855, then look at Winchester Ranger M855 or the foreign made stuff like Pvri Partizan or Igman. I guess MKE is making some M855 also, but is pricey."
– Mattsandb
4.0 5
"Listen I've got 18 years in the Army (SOF). This is the same round we use in our M-4's. Yes this ammo is a bit more dinged up, and a few rds were bent, but it still shoots! This isn't hand made match grade ammo. The jury is still out on it's lethality, but those I sent downrange weren't returned! It's all about shot placement and tight weld."
– SFC Paulie
5.0 5
"WOW this is the real deal. This stuff goes through a 3/4 inch steel plate at about 20 yards away and through a 1/2 inch steel plate at about 50 yards. I will be stocking up!"
– Bushmaster
4.0 5
"Shot over 160 rounds through my STAG AR-15. Did not try to penetrate steel but all fired fine (no miss fires). Going to order more."
– CJ
4.0 5
"This is a very good round. If it were not for the price, I would have given it a '5-bullet' rating. While I have not tried to test its penetrating capabilities, it is VERY accurate for what it is. At the 500-meter target on the Brekenridge, TX range this stuff will dance the metal goat all day long with the right rifle. I used a Fulton FAR-15 with a 20-inch 1/9 barrel last April and it was an excellent combination. This ammo however does not work good on rabid skunks; I had to empty a magazine-worth into one a while back before it would stop him. M855 is good for other purposes, but small varmints isn't one of them. For two-legged critters, this is a good choice."
– Tack
4.0 5
"Surperb round, great for CQB. It would have gotten 5 Bullets, if it wasn't for the price."
– TBL51
4.0 5
"I shot some of this with my Remington 700 and I am surprised at how accurate this manufactured ammo is. I would imagine you guys and gals with AR-15's and others like it have better groups at 100 yards. I am happy I got some, it has application."
– One Shot
4.0 5
"This ammo is created under a strict set of guidelines and meant to fill a very broad role. In that regard, it's perfect. I bought a few hundred rounds to lock away for a \"rainy\" day, and as this is NATO spec (annealed and sealed), its perfect for that as well. Reported lethality issues are a result of low fps and odd angles of entry, but out of a 16\" carbine, this stuff will certainly do the job out to 200m. It's not match-accurate, it's pretty poor against auto glass, but it's good to stock, very affordable and fills an all-purpose role very well."
– Sin-ster
5.0 5
"I purchased 200 rounds of this ammo, and I have to say that it is a great product. Furthermore, the ammo is in excellent condition, and is in its own individual boxes, which identifies the ammo's specifications. In addition, the ammo is stamped with LC (Lake City), as well as the NATO Symbol, so I believe it is true USGI Military ammunition. Nonetheless, the bullets are identified by green tips, and overall the ammo is of high quality. I am not sure if the ammo actually has the steel rod core, but the item's description says it does. Therefore, this ammo is the best ammo a civilian can purchase, so stock up now, while you still can!"
– bmonninger
4.0 5
"I ordered 100 rounds of this ammo and received it extremely fast!!!! CTD is awesome. The ammo on the other hand looks like crap. I know it will preform very well however because it it Lake City which is truly the ammo used by our troops!! I put it all away for SHTF."
– Kyle
5.0 5
"Only had 2 bad rounds out of 120. Not bad, and worth the price."
– USMCmailman
4.0 5
"Don't be fooled, these are standard issue green tips used in the military. Decent rounds for price but don't expect this to be a wonder round or anything like that."
– cody stephen
4.0 5
"These rounds serve their purpose and penatrate steel. Had 2 rounds out of a box of 20 that were in rough shape and wasnt about to put them through my AR. Overall enexpensive and probably wont hesitate to buy more."
– Dillon
5.0 5
"This is great ammo. Having served two tours in Iraq I've put a lot of this stuff down-range, it's performance is flawless. This is the standard green tip issued in combat. The term steel penatrating should not be confused with \"armor piercing\" (AP rounds have a black tip) but these will punch through about a 1/4\" - 1/2\" of steel plating."
– SGT J. Myers
4.0 5
"This ammo shoots nice groups from my Bushmaster Dissipator. I always wondered about this stuff and wanted to know exactly how the bullets are constructed so I polished up a cross section. I wish I could post the photos, they came out great, perfectly polished. Front 2/5ths of the core is a nice cone shaped steel slug. Back 3/5ths of the core is Pb. Pretty cool."
– Damon
5.0 5
"I bought 40 rounds of this ammo to have some to put back and also to try out the green tip rounds. Out of all 40 I found not one round that I wouldn't put through my rock river. Shoots good, decently accurate, can't complain at all."
– joedaddy
2.0 5
"I read the mixed reviews about this ammo so I ordered one box to test the waters. The reason I gave it 2 bullets instead of 1 is that I got a correctly labeled box. Upon opening the box I was a bit shocked to see one of the holes empty. I received 19 out of the 20 bullets I ordered. The 19 bullets were in pretty bad condition, with most if not all the casings having at least one moderate dent in it. I am glad I only ordered one box."
– Stever
5.0 5
"I have been buying this ammo for years. Great ammo, I have never had a problem with it."
– Greg Schretter
5.0 5
"This ammo really really SUCKS....dont buy it.....so i can buy it all on my next paychec!. This review should tell u how great it really is. Keep em loaded."
– RAT-FACE
5.0 5
"So far, this and Federal 5.56 have been the only ammo my new S&W will fire and feed reliably.Tried others with less than good results."
– CRUE CAB
5.0 5
"Ordered 2 items. These came first. No dents in the brass at all and well packaged. Haven't shot them yet though. 5 bullets"
– jason
5.0 5
"This is a round intended to punch the lights of what is shooting at you in a military condition (5.56NATO) or in a home/self defense situation. I have had NO problems with this particular round in my DPMS AP4A Carbine with a 1x9 twist. It is absolutely reliable when loaded by Lake City and you can have some serious fun and peace of mind...IMHO."
– hardwired56
5.0 5
"My order got here really quickly. I probably won\uFFFDt be shooting this but my bullets were in great condition and marked LC 08! I would buy again especially since these will only be getting harder to find."
– helidude
5.0 5
"I bought several hundred rounds and have shot 60 so far. No failures of any type. I haven't gone through all the boxes checking for damage but I have not found any damaged rounds in the 60 that I have shot. Shot a 5rd group off a bench at 50 yds (longest range I have at home) and have a 3/4\" group of 4 with one flyer that opens the group up to 1 3/4\" Bravo company upper with a 16\" 1:7 chrome barrel. Wish it were a little cheaper so I could buy 1000 rds to stash away."
– David_S
3.0 5
"I was excited when I first opened these boxes. The base of the cartridge that is exposed in the carton looks great. I was starting to buy the theory that bad reviews of this product were folks trying to keep other folks from buying this so there was more for them.Unfortunately, I did a 100% inspection. I didn't have any split case throats, as some others have reported. I did have a lot of rounds with small dents; mostly in the case near the angle of the throat. I purchased 200 rounds for a \"test\". 37 were in the reject pile at the end of inspection. Out of those 37, 22 were dented badly enough that they would not chamber in my rifle.This is unfortuante, because the bullet itself is awesome. They do have a steel core, despite some who have reported that the round did not pass the \"magnet\" test. Mine did.Sorry. Wish I had a better report. I have a Kel-Tec SU-16 which is a somewhat picky eater. My \"rejects\" might feed fine in a beefer AR-15. Hard to say. I'll probably try another \"test\" batch in a while, since the quality and reviews seem to fluctuate quite a bit. In the mean time, you can probably do better for a self defense round with a regular commercial 62 grain soft point for the money."
– Mitch
4.0 5
"I got this stuff today, very fast shipping, i inspected all the cartridges, a few itty bitty dents but no split casings. Can't wait to shoot em up."
– Nub
5.0 5
"Great rounds as I bought three packs just to see, and was amazed. I haven't seen a ding yet. I can't wait to fire these babies."
– armybound
4.0 5
"iv shot sever thousand rounds of the m855. i've never personally bought CTD's ammo, only because its a fortune to buy 1000 rounds from them. i shoot a bushmaster M4A3 chambered in 5.56 with 1/9 twist. this stuff freaking makes it sing! although its loaded hot and is made for a 20inch barrel. its great ammo, does what its supposed to do. i put it to the test with a series of 1/4 inch plates welded an inch apart....it went clean through the first, destabalized and the penetrator went sideways through the second, and ended up fuzed to the face of the third. i would recommend this ammo to anyone wanting to do some serious damage, but as far as for home defense, id go with hornadys 75gn TAP ammo. that's just my opinion tho...just F.Y.I. igman m855 is a not loaded as hot and causes cycle problems in a 20\" barrel. its made for a 16\" carbine..."
– m4 4life
5.0 5
"This ammo is not for target competition. This is for killing the enemy. Whoever that might be. I am a combat Marine from the Vietnam era, and I am living proof that this will protect you! I advise you to purchase all you can. It will be gone soon.SEMPER FI"
– USMCmailman
5.0 5
"Okay, real quick/clean/simple review: Yes, it's the mil 5.56 green tips. Who cares what barrel twist this that and the other, who cares how pretty it is. All that has nothing to do with ammunition. These rounds will go bang when you need them to. Even if you load up the \"questionable\" rounds and they don't fire, just tap-rack-bang."
– Green
5.0 5
"Do not buy this crap! Save it for me! It is the best ammo I have ever bought, and it is made by Lake city, so that is another big plus!"
– Alex, Ohio
5.0 5
"This is beautiful ammo and I will get more."
– dude
5.0 5
"@USMCmailman umm they didn't have m855 in vietnam so it didn't protect you, that said great ammo it is not mis marked ss109! if you get a box marked ss109 it is mismarked m855, this is whats left of the m855 like the xm193, this is no longer used by our fources they are using the ss109 which these are not even if labeled ss109, either way, it goes bang and is quite accurate, with the proper twist barrel"
– fadedtrends
4.0 5
"purchased a box to test in my d.t.i. AR with a 20\" barrel. worked great. was able to penetrate two different truck brake rotors one with cooling fins and one solid rotor like used on the rear of trucks with out any problems. i will be ordering more of this ammo for sure."
– rednek
5.0 5
"Gee fadedtrends, who died and left you alive as an expert? You wouldn't know anything about Nam Moron!"
– USMCmailman
5.0 5
"I wanted the same stuff I had in combat and these are the real deal. This is the best price I could find. They come packaged very well."
– Bob
4.0 5
"I bought a box of this stuff to try out and decide if I wanted more. Pros: These bullets are charged hot and mine grouped more consistently than the usual Fed. XM193 rounds, they also penetrated wet phone books more deeply too. Cons: The brass was not pretty by any means (some pitting and discoloration), so these rounds will not stay loaded in my bug out bag or \"go to\" emergency mags and I won't be putting them through my rifle very often. I think they are a good thing to have if you want a variety of ammunition, but you can tell they aren't in the best of shape."
– Bammer Slammer
5.0 5
"ordered on friday shooting on saturday god bless ctd"
– native texan
5.0 5
"These are legit rounds. Out of 9 boxes I bought none of them had any defects. I've been out of the Corps for 2 years and I know quality! Simper Fi!!!"
– Patriot Games
3.0 5
"Out of 6 boxes, I had 3 cartridges with some really bad dings. I would carefully examine each round before loading them into your magazine. Not sure what would have happened if those rounds had been fired."
– Liberty
5.0 5
"Alright guys and gals, I have seen mixed reviews on this ammo. I am a Deputy Sheriff her in Texas, and use my BUSHY, as a part of my \"toolbox\" of items to make sure I come home to my family every shift. After reading the reviews, I was hesitant to order a large amount. I took a chance and ordered 60 rounds to load up my mags. After receiving them and checking them over, my only disappointment is that I did not order 1000. They shot flawlessly. I will be ordering another shipment, and it will be in lots of 1000. For those of you that have given bad reviews, I would be happy to take them off your hands."
– TX LAW MAN
5.0 5
"Ordered 60 rounds of this stuff to try it out in my Colt AR-15. Haven't shot it yet but I inspected all the rounds. No dings or dents in any of the shells. Can't wait to see how it shoots. I plan on buying bulk if my AR enjoys it!"
– Federico Arismendi
3.0 5
"Roughly two percent of these rounds are flawed and should not be chambered. In most instances, the flawed ones have splits in the neck."
– ARA
5.0 5
"Great ammo, great performance. Reminds me of training on a military range."
– sw15ttech
3.0 5
"I ordered 5 boxes and as usual the shipping was fast. When I went to the range this weekend I found that 3 of the rounds had some kind of gunk stuck to them. All 3 were in seperate boxes so obviously happened before packaging. I scraped it off with a razor knife, and they fired fine as did all the other rounds. If not for this it would be rated 4 bullets. The brass is mildly discolored, but so what it shoots straight and penetrates nicely."
– Confederate Patriot
4.0 5
"After reading the reviews I ordered 2 boxes, received them quite quickly, and after inspecting the 40 shells individually there is only one I would not put down my rifle because it has a split neck. These are the real deal penetration rounds used in the military, 1 out of 40 isnt bad for the price."
– SGT
5.0 5
"Ammo was in great shape. Ordered 200 rounds, none had the nicks or defects or gunk to be scrapped off that a lot of others mentioned. I shot off 50 rounds and loved it. Mabey I just got lucky, I ordered another 500 rounds today hopefully it will be in as good of shape."
– shooter in KS.
5.0 5
"After reading some reviews, I cautiously ordered 3 boxes. Upon arrival my son and I carefully examined each and every round. No dings, no dents, no split necks. They all looked just fine like military rounds should. A trip to the range proved great groups at 100 and 200 yds. from my RRA 16\". No FTFs or FTEs. The LAR15 ate 'em up!This is great ammo, delivered quickly and I will order a lot more."
– Sarge STX
5.0 5
"I was nervous whether this stuff would work in my rifle. What I learned is that if your gun is 5.56, you are good. If your gun is .223 caliber you are good. If your gun is .223 remington DO NOT use it. My Mini 14 loved it and it was fun to see it does go through 3/8'' mild steel. I think you could kill an elephant with this stuff if you aimed for the brain."
– Jon
5.0 5
"I haven't fired any yet, but it looks mean!"
– Boone
4.0 5
"This ammunition came marked on the box Lake City 855 5.56. the bottom of the rounds are marked LC, NATO stamp, 08. I inspected every round of the 100 I ordered. 6 have dents that made me check twice. I believe that my LWRC M6A4 will fire them just fine. All rounds are typical Lake City, un-tumbled (dirty)brass, with chipping green tip paint. No frills at this price. For some reason, a clean car seems to drive better. I think that it is the same way with a shinny round."
– No Fancy Name
4.0 5
"Just like all military ammo they have defects. Some are slightly dinged or dented in the casing and a few have a little black sticky stuff like grease or a glue. Other than that it\uFFFDs a good deal I think. I haven't shot them yet but they appear to all be better then what I've been issued by the army in the past. I personally won't hesitate to put any of them through my rifle but it\uFFFDs always a smart idea to inspect your ammo when coming from a source like this. I wouldn't expect competition accuracy out of them but that\uFFFDs not why I bought them. Enjoy"
– Redneck in NY
5.0 5
"I shoot this Ammunition from my Colt AR-15 HBAR MT Rifle only occasionally to save it. I've nearly cut Steel Re-bar in two with this stuff at 50 yds. (I put a Detachable Scope on my Rifle) Anyone with experience cutting Re-Bar can attest to it's hardness and this stuff slices right through it like Butter, consistently! CTD has the Best price I've seen, so if you want to do some serious cheese making this is your stuff... it's Military grade and as good as you can get. Shoot safe. Semper Fi!"
– Don- PA
5.0 5
"I have received my ammo and found no problem with it, so I am happy with getting good, quality merchandise. I have yet to use this item, but I will very soon. I am sure there will be no problems. I got this item in good time. I give 5 bullets because of how quick I got my order and the quality of the merchandise. I will be ordering this item again in a larger quantity."
– BigMarv1
4.0 5
"Ammo shoots well. No matter if you buy it because you want some penetrator ammo or just cheap ammo to shoot, this is good ammo. In my particular guns, it seems to be a little more accurate than most military ammo."
– Dustin
5.0 5
"Great stuff. It's super accurate through my AR with a 16\" bull barrel. Less than an inch grouping @ 100 yds and punching holes though 1/4\" steel like it's paper."
– Josh
3.0 5
"I purchased about 200 rounds of this ammunition. I fired this ammo from a Sig Sauer 516 18\" barrel with a 1:7 twist. Here are the pros and cons I found:PROS - relatively cheap (compared to ammo that has the same characteristics), penetrates very well, no misfeeds or FTFs, shoots well out of a 1:7 barrel. CONS - @150 yrds I was getting 2\" groups consistently, dented brass (I have heard some brass is so dented it is unusable but I personally have not experienced this). This is good ammo, unless you want accuracy, are picky about brass, or need more wound damage. I give it three bullets because the accuracy is horrible and dented brass."
– Bonzano
4.0 5
"While the price was rather high (given the current political climate), I purchased a few boxes to try. Was not disappointed. Good ammo with great down range performance. I did quickly wipe down each round to remove whatever dirt or grime there may have been...and yes more than a few had some black gunk on them towards the top of the casing. Otherwise, the ammo was in good shape. And I really enjoyed sending these rounds down range."
– Matt
5.0 5
"I love this ammo for what it was designed for, penetrating. I bought quarter inch, half inch, and full inch steel plates from a scrap yard. This ammo easily penetrated through the .25 and .50 inch plates at around 50 yards. It could not penetrate one inch of steel, but even my Mossin Nagant/M44 7.62/54mm AP rounds can't do this.."
– BZG
5.0 5
"This ammunition is the most accurate round. Standard .223 ammunition is good, but my Bushmaster has a special Hybrid SAAMI chamber that eats the NATO special \"penetrating\" round with 62 grain. I have experienced clusters of holes about the size of a silver dollar. The range we have has 18\" dia. heavy plates out to nearly 450 yds that I can hit with regularity."
– sailing40
5.0 5
"Good rounds for a .223. Function reliably in a M-16 full auto and a Rugger full auto. Plenty of power. Accuracy seemed fine. A good buy for the money."
– Chris Edwards