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  • PMC Bronze

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  • German DAg

    Votes: 11 34.4%
  • Radway Green (if I can find it Not on Links)

    Votes: 11 34.4%
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Rest in Peace
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I bought a case of .223 PMC back around 1981 and the brass is still going strong. But then again, it hasn't had to go through an M1A action.

I've never been heavy into buying foreign surplus - no real reason, it just worked out that way. But I have shot up cases of some IMI, Privi, and Brazilian surplus, all in 7.62. It doesn't matter what gun I shoot them through, they just don't shoot very well for me - 3-4" groups at 100. That's true even in my GAP bolt gun that will shoot new factory ammo into 3/8" groups. But at least I get to reclaim the cases in the IMI and Privi.

The only other knock was with the Brazilian ammo bought in a sealed wooden crate. When I eventually opened it, about 1/3 of the brass was too corroded to try and shoot (even though each 20-round box was sealed in its own heavy plastic bag). I lived in the desert at the time so I know that corrosion didn't come from excess humidity on my end.

If reloading the brass is a factor in your deep-storage SHTF ammo, be sure and put back the other components, too. I'm in the process of reorganizing my stash and found all kinds of stuff (mainly bulk bullets from Wideners) that I had put back and forgot about over the years. Those bulk bullets are cheap enough when you catch them on special, but I've never found them to be very accurate - just like the bulk surplus ammo. I'm going to go ahead and load them up for SHTF ammo, but that will be the last ammo I reach for unless we're talking about short range engagements.

ETA: But I'd rather have a stash of not-so-accurate ammo than be caught with nothing while waiting to put together the good stuff.
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