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    Norinco .223 from China - did I just waste my $$?

    Newbie looking for some solid feedback - I just purchased a case of Norinco .223 55 gr, non corrosive and brass from China - apparently! I paid $450.00 + tax for 1,600 = about $0.31 per cartridge...a good deal for me I figured as all I am doing is target from 40 up to 200 yds. Good deal or good lesson of what not to do?

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    I don't have any experience with the .223 stuff, but the .308 is alright. It's a bit dirtier than traditional ammo, and a bit less accurate, but its great for plinking.

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    Terrible deal! I'll take it off your hands, and even let you pay shipping

    I'm plinking my way through a case, and although it is dirtier than most, and maybe not as accurate (you have to determine what accuracy is for you though,...it totally does a number on Zombie Supply's zombie targets, good enough for me) it gets a thumbs up in my book. Brass looks fine to me too. I say you did great, enjoy!
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    i have a case too, it's good enough to put holes in targets

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    Thx Strewth - as inviting as that sounds I think I'll try a few rounds first but keep you in mind if I don't like it for some strange reason. Thx all for your feedback!

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    Don't feel bad, I bought 3 crates for $490, than another for $450. I think some places have it for $420 now (maybe Canam will have it for $400 again).

    It shoots reliable and accurate enough to justify stockpiling.

    Definitely loading the boat, personally. For me to reload .223 with hours of work I think the material cost is about $0.20/round. The Norinco stuff is headstamped 1993-1995, meaning it's priced with the cost of copper, lead and zinc from those years - all of which have at least doubled to quadrupled since then.

    8-9 years from now, you WILL see surplus 5.56/.223 ammo manufactured in 2012-2013 for $1-$2.00/round, with commercial stuff much, MUCH higher.
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    There is a lot of discussion about whether it is 223 or 5.56x45, mine was in yellow boxes marked 223 but the wooden case is marked 5.56x45. I`m good to go with the Kel-Tec and it seems to work fine, haven`t put it to target as my range is kind of under snow. Minute of snow bank is good for now. I`m going to be stocking up like the pony dude.

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    I just put about 100 rounds thru my Browning X-bolt this morning and this stuff was fine, no jams no duds!

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    Anyone try reloading this stuff? Just wondering if the brass will last.
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    I haven't - at $.31 per round - is reloading worth the time, $$$ and effort?

    I am a new gun enthusiast, excuse my ignorance!

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