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Old 04-20-2014, 03:11 AM   #1
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Well, I was skimming through some ammo that my dad had given me a couple years ago. Not sure where he got all of it. One round that stuck out is a yellow tip 5.56. Headstamp is LC 87 with NATO stamp above it. I have not been able to find any definite info on this. Can someone please identify this round? ,



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Old 04-20-2014, 03:19 AM   #2
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Well, I was skimming through some ammo that my dad had given me a couple years ago. Not sure where he got all of it. One round that stuck out is a yellow tip 5.56. Headstamp is LC 87 with NATO stamp above it. I have not been able to find any definite info on this. Can someone please identify this round? ,
LC 87 - Lake City Arsenal 1987

http://www.odcmp.org/1101/USGI.pdf

Found this from AR15 forum:

http://www.ar15.com/archive/topic.html?b=1&f=5&t=1091915

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Which headstamp do they look like? Left or Right? Left is the old school headstamp that is typically used on BLANKS the only ammo from LC with that headstamp will be BLANKS and XM-193
There is not XM-855 product anymore it is XM-556 which is seconds (That is to us at LC) IF the ammo has the headstamp on the RIGHT then it COULD be M-855 or M-193/XM-193, this product is manufactured on the SCAMP equipment and is considered "COMBAT" ammo, and has the NATO markings. BUT no 855 leaves that plant without the Green Tip, no Tracer leaves that plant without the Orange Tip... Any unidentified ammo is destroyed. Called Strangers and placed in stranger boxes in the buildings and sent to be burned. (unknown lot numbers etc.)


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Yes, but yellow tip?

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Looking at the sites, I doubt the bullet was manufactured in Hungary.

Some sites for checking on the codes:

http://cartridgecollectors.org/?page=headstampcodes

http://www.igman.com/ammunition/codes/

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With this date, this could be the round from the Winchester/Olin program that was tested the next year. These rounds were a duplex round that fired two slugs each shot from the same round, attempting to increase shock to the target. The programmed was ended in 1990, so the stamping is accurate.

If the round does not contain a duplex round, the yellow top could be a "Starburst" round, which can be used for spotting or a light incendiary. This round contained flecks of titanium which ignited and were thrown up to 10' upon striking a target. These rounds throw a bright shower of sparks in darkness and should be easy to identify.

Either way,these are expensive rounds.
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Yes, but yellow tip?
Found this on the search:

The Yellow Tip is refer to Starburst Ammunition

https://www.ar15.com/archive/topic.html?b=3&f=16&t=239584

Information is old; but, online auction.

http://www.gunauction.com/buy/4661779/.223-223-starburst-ammo-yellow-tip

http://www.gunauction.com/search/displayitem.cfm?itemnum=4661775
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Video of exploding starburst rounds:

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Hmmmm. Thanks for the research. I only have one and since it could be a starburst round I'm definitely not dissembling it. Very interesting

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As TekGreg said:

These rounds are not cheap!



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