January 25th, 2006, 04:48 PM
Join Date: Jul 2005
Parts of that thread over there are true and p[arts are not. The surplus ammo issue for the US was largely ended with the destruction of Millions of rounds of small arms ammo along with countless other war reserve materiel under treaty with the Russians.
The current crop of surplus is not surplus but new production ammo that does not meet GI specs. Also not meeting GI specs is the periodic runs of QC ammo made at various times during a run. Federal being Federal has discovered there is no prohibition against running a few extra and selling it. Also no problem using the excess to needs components that are not to spec.
As long as the price is right, it is no worse than a lot of the surplus I have bought and is all US made with good brass.
I still say the markings are due to Govt influence so they can tell its not m118 ammo.
XM is experimental model 118 Long Range Product Development thus not militiary ammo and is legal for sale, not being govt property. The boxes and grades vary like any surplus.