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Just got a new DPNS AR15. Absolutely love it! Was actually shopping for a .243 or a .308 to have some fun with, and the guy at the store showed me this one. Teamed it up with a Burris 3x tactical scope, and man was I having fun!!!!

On the downside, I picked up a can of Federal 5.56 NATO at my local Cabelas, and that was the only let down. Literally had a 37% FTF rate. My first 3 times pulling the trigger, I actually thought that I had a bad rifle. 4th round chambered went off and scared the heck out of me.

I ran 300 rounds of the Federal through it, then switched over to Winchester .223 for another 300 rounds. Didn't have a single FTF on the Winchester. So I'm assuming it was just a garbage round of ammo from Federal.

Aside from that, I'm loving it. 3 shot groupings into a half dollar at 100 yards all day!
 

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I like it a lot. Pain in the neck to site in at first. Was shooting constant groupings 14 inches to the right and 6 inches low at 100 yards, so that took some toying around with.

I got the AR-332 with red and green holo recticle and 5 position adjustable dimmer. The rail mount is a life saver, and returns to zero everytime
 

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What Federal 5.56 were you having trouble with?

I have a couple thousand rounds of Lake City XM193 through my M&P15 without a single FTF. Various packaging types (strippers, bulk, plastic seperators etc.) and none had any trouble for me.
 

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You can find it on Cabelas web site. It was the tin of 420 rounds on stripper clips. I was looking at the tin again this afternoon at the range, and I noticed on the bottom of the label or said it wasn't for duty use..... sounds like Federal reload rounds.
 

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Its 5.56. NATO rounds are abundant up here, and cheaper than 223 in most cases.

I ran a different batch if 5.56 through it from a different manufacturer, and had zero problems. Must have been a bad batch. Confirmed they were Federal reloads after some additional research. I will post sine pics of the cartridges when I get home. They just don't look right
 

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Here's a close up of the Federal (left) and the Remington (right)

I saw the discoloration when I first opened the case, but its getting worse the further into the case you get. I've got about 100 rounds of it left, then I can stock up on some real ammo
 

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Here's a close up of the Federal (left) and the Remington (right)

I saw the discoloration when I first opened the case, but its getting worse the further into the case you get. I've got about 100 rounds of it left, then I can stock up on some real ammo
Looks like the 5.56 I have been using, the Remington version even.
 

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Here's a close up of the Federal (left) and the Remington (right)

I saw the discoloration when I first opened the case, but its getting worse the further into the case you get. I've got about 100 rounds of it left, then I can stock up on some real ammo


That "discoloration" is the annealing process of the case. It extends the life of the brass and makes neck tension more consistent.

Commercial ammo makers will tumble/polish their cases so you won't see this, mil ammo will not be "pretty" ;)
 
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