5.56 Headstamp ID
I searched the Files and Google for a list of .223/5.56 manufacturers and could not find one. Could be I need to go to bed, could be I missed it.
Anyway, I have not seen many, or cannot identify the following, or do not know their quality. I would like to know if I should sort them out of my "reloading" brass or if they are OK. Are any soft, are any primer holes small/large, out of spec, etc.
W C C 02 (no nato cross)
(Flaming Bomb) S & B (Flaming Bomb) - I would assume Sellier and Belliot but I have never seen it with the flaming bombs?
PSD 97 (Power Stroke Diesel? :rolleyes: )
NPA 5.56x45 66(?)
WCC 05 nato cross
86 13 (3-crimp)
PMC (any good)?
C J 93
thanks for the help!
do a search, and 86 13 should be south african, mine was berdan.
C J 93 sounds like Chinese, the WCC should be Winchester.
C J 93-china
Re: 5.56 Headstamp ID
W C C 02 (no nato cross) Winchester 2002, probably originally M193 thus no NATO cross
(Flaming Bomb) S & B (Flaming Bomb) - I would assume Sellier and Belliot but I have never seen it with the flaming bombs? As you've guessed, Sellier and Bellot
PSD 97 (Power Stroke Diesel? :rolleyes: ) Korean, 1997
NPA 5.56x45 66(?) Greek Olympic
WCC 05 nato cross Winchester 2005, probably M855 unless they used 'excess' NATO marked cases for some M193
86 13 (3-crimp) South African, 1986
PMC (any good)? Korean
C J 93 Chinese, 1993, M193 type
The only one that I'd be a little careful with is the NPA (Greek Olympic). The brass is decent quality, but it's not always quite up to spec and the extractor groove may be just shallow enough to present problems fitting in your shell holder.
What about RORG?
Opinions on PS (Korean) brass..
I searched both Headstamp .223 and headstamp 5.56 with no results...
:) that is the ONLY reason I posted...
I have shot a few thousand rounds each of PS 78 and PSD 82 M193 ammo, and was/am very happy with it's performance.
I have loaded the cases of both several times and have been happy with the results there too...
I did like the results of the PS ammo, used it in a shooting competition and was happy with the results.
To add to what Forrest said. Some Olympic I had, had off center flash holes. Bent and eventually broke the decapping pin. I threw it in the scrap bucket. The WCC (Western Cartridge Company/ Winchester) is good brass.
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