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Old 07-14-2016, 01:37 PM   #1
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.223 Ammunition Shoot

The informal test for accuracy contained four types. Wolf Gold, PMC Bronze, .223 Norinco, and Wolf steel case. The Wolf Gold was, no surprise, very accurate. Sub-MOA at 100 yards out of a cold barrel. Also in first place was the Norinco .223. Yes this was a surprise. The groups fired with the Norinco might have been a hair larger, but with a 10- 12 MPH wind, it's not easy to say one was better than the other. Second place was PMC Bronze. Very acceptable groups. Nor THAT much larger than the Gold or Norinco. Again, wind might have been a factor. The Wolf steel is not bulls eye shooting ammunition. Groups more than doubled in size. To make sure it wasn't me, I switched back to the Norinco ammo. Same result. Shooting was done with a Colt AR-15 SP-1 and a Colt LE 6920. Sights were a inexpensive four power scope and a EO-tec sight. Groups were better with the scope sighted SP-1, but accuracy with the ammunition tried stayed the same.
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Old 07-14-2016, 02:29 PM   #2
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About 15 years ago I managed to buy 1,000 rds of Swiss GP Match ammo, which I got 1" groups at 100 yds. I also bought some of the cheap Norinco .223 and tested it. I got 1 1/2" groups at 100 yds. A 1/2" difference in groupings if I remember correctly cost me about $75.00.
 
Old 07-14-2016, 02:34 PM   #3
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The norinco is a surprise; I wouldn't have predicted that at all. The wolf gold and pmc bronze being pretty accurate - and the wolf steel being NOT particularly accurate - aren't a surprise at all. I use a lot of the bronze and like it, and the wolf gold has a shockingly good reputation among guys who shoot it.

I used to shoot a lot of wolf steel-cased stuff and it was functionally fine for speed drills, but dirty and less accurate in my experience as well.

Is that norinco old pre-clinton stuff? I've still got some old 7.62x39 left (in those yellow boxes, their old grey boxes, and some of the old green & white boxes as well); but none of that era's norinco .223 left.

Still remember paying $84 for a 1200-round case back then, and thinking it was high...
 
 
Old 07-14-2016, 03:55 PM   #4
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I can't remember when I bought it. Many moons ago. I wish I had bought more. It was absurdly cheap. Who knew it was going to shoot so well?
 
Old 07-14-2016, 04:12 PM   #5
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I`ll have to check the date on the brass next week, am in Montana right now.
 
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