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Still a virgin newbie, so here's my next question:

What is considered a "standard" break-in cartridge for the M14? 7.62mm Firearms is building my rifle, and I know she'll be hungry when she gets here, and I want her to have a diet of what she's been made for before she gets fed anything spicy or bland.

Thanks.

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I just picked up a K of DAG. It's not reloadable, but the price was right through Ammoman.com. I do already have a few thousand once fire U.S. military pieces of brass, but just lack the time for reloading right now. I also have a stockpile of Aussie, Port, Santa Barbara and CAVIM laid away.....................
 

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Still a virgin newbie, so here's my next question:

What is considered a "standard" break-in cartridge for the M14? 7.62mm Firearms is building my rifle, and I know she'll be hungry when she gets here, and I want her to have a diet of what she's been made for before she gets fed anything spicy or bland. Thanks. JohnD
Well JohnD, I would get a little of everything in the military surplus ammunition department, test what she likes the best...

This is a listing of what my little girl loves the best in order....

1, M118LR Lake City from 2003. Top score of 200-13X, on a SR-1 NRA standard 100 yard target, 1-20 round mag only with my NM M1A.
2. M118SB Lake City from 1963, 200-10X.
3, Radway Green surplus from 1990, 200-10X.
4, M118SB Lake City from 1985, a 199-12X.
5, Australian MF surplus from 1966, 199-10X.
6, Portuguese m/963 surplus from 1979, a 199-10X.
7, M852 Lake City from 1985, 198-13X.
8, Radway Green surplus from 1985, 198-12X.
9, Belgium surplus from 1977, 198-10X.
10, Radway Green surplus from 1995, 198-7X
11, South African surplus from 1980, 198-6X.
12, Santa Barbra surplus from 1980, 197-14X.
13, Argentine surplus from 1983, 197-8X.
14, German DAG, surplus from 1976, 197-8X.
15, Austria surplus from 1980, 197-6X.
16, Greek surplus from 1980, 197-6X.
17, German MEN 41, surplus from 1969, 197-6X.
18, Singapore surplus from 1986, 196-11X.
19, Israeli surplus from 1974, 196-10X.
20, Australian ADI surplus from 1988, 196-8X.
21, Bosnian M118 surplus from 2003, 196-8X.
22, Yugoslavia surplus from 2002, 196-6X.
23, Malaysian surplus from 1982, 195-6X.
24, Malaysian surplus from 1983, 194-9X.
25, Lithuanian surplus from 2003, 194-6X.
26, Yugoslavia surplus from 1989, 194-2X.
27, Venezuelan surplus from 1989, 194-2X.
28, Denmark, surplus from 1993, 193-2X.
29, Canadian, surplus from 1970, 192-8X.
30, Chilean, surplus from 1976, 191-4X.
31, Portuguese m/963 surplus from 1978, 190-4X.
32, Austria surplus from 1978, 190-3X.
33, South African surplus from 1981, 189-1X.
34, Pakistan military surplus from 1979. Score of 188-4X.
35, Indonesian surplus from 1985, 187-1X.

The whole listing can be found at The Military Surplus Ammunition I have tested.....

I hope that this helps you... DI5
 

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AimSurplus is another source for some decent deals.

Each rifle will have one load that it prefers, so try a bunch and see how yours does.

Then post a range report with some pretty pictures.
 

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If you are going to be a reloader, then stock up on all the Lake City you can find...MCORPS1

Commercial is also good to have, most guys pile up Nato rounds...
 

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Thanks all! I see GREEN highlighted on some of the list...what type/kind is this GREEN? JohnD
The Radway Green is British military surplus ammunition and it's good as well John D.DI5
 

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I just picked up a K of DAG. It's not reloadable, but the price was right through Ammoman.com.
For the first time, I just purchased 400 rounds of DAG. Prior to this purchase, I shot nothing but Remington because that was all I could get locally.

The Remington always shot well with never a problem. This past Saturday, I went to the range with DAG and had nothing but problems. First, after 3 or 4 rounds were fired, I had several fail to feed problems. Next, I had two spent cartridges fail of eject. It appeared that the cartridges were actually stuck in the chamber. I always clean my weapons at home immediately after returning from the range and the weapon was clean. Even through the gas piston was moving freely, I checked the gas cylinder and it was what I would expect after firing a total of about 10 rounds.

I hope return to the range soon with Remington and DAG and compare the performance of the two.

Have you ever had any problems with DAG?
 

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This is my first foray into the DAG ammo. I've shot mostly milsurp out of my rifles. Portugese, Venezuelan, Santa Barbara, Aussie, Radway, Chinese, Israeli and of course, Lake City, WRA and LC Match. All NATO headstamped like the DAG. No problmes at all relating to the ammo. I'll try and get out this weekend and shoot some of the DAG. I'll post the results.

I've also shot quite a bit of my own reloads LC nickled match brass and Lapua bullets.
 

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I shot about 200 rounds of DAG out of my Bush rifle yesterday and it ran flawlessly. Accuracy was about 3 MOA at 100 yds. Good ammo, I'll buy more. Too bad it's Berdan primed.
 

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Still a virgin newbie, so here's my next question:

What is considered a "standard" break-in cartridge for the M14? 7.62mm Firearms is building my rifle, and I know she'll be hungry when she gets here, and I want her to have a diet of what she's been made for before she gets fed anything spicy or bland.

Thanks.

JohnD
JohnD, you did not mention if you are a reloader. If you are, or will in the future, part of your purchase consideration should be if it's Boxer type ammo. Usually a little bit more costly, but worth the price of the brass. Berdan type brass is good for the scrap pile after it is fired. dozier
 
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