What is this 5.56 round?

Discussion in 'Ammunition & Reloading' started by TheDesertFox, Apr 19, 2014.

  1. TheDesertFox

    TheDesertFox New Member

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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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  2. Bigcountry02

    Bigcountry02 Coffee! If your not shaking, you need another cup Supporter

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    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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  3. TheDesertFox

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  5. TekGreg

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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.
     
  6. Bigcountry02

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    Video of exploding starburst rounds:

    [ame="http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=mVyxbUHzDcw#t=51"]http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=mVyxbUHzDcw#t=51[/ame]
     
  8. TheDesertFox

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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
     
  9. Bigcountry02

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    As TekGreg said:

    These rounds are not cheap!
     
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    Bullet Color Codes Chart...........
     

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