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Old March 5th, 2017, 06:28 AM   #1
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Most Inaccurate Ammo I've Shot - RA 65

I came across a couple hundred rds of FMJ cartridges marked "RA 65." I assume this must be Remington Arms. I've never seen this stuff before, but some of it came in 5rd stripper clips (got stripper clips now!).

Anyway, some of this stuff was really discolored and nasty looking. I cleaned them up a little and shot 30rds of it this morning and it really rattled me. The groups were horrible and all over the place. Every bit of it fired, and I had a few bullseyes, but my best group with the stuff was well over 4". I thought it was me.

I also had some Federal Premium match .308, so I loaded some up and boom, 5 shots in the 10 ring. Whew... it wasn't me.

Anyone know anything about this RA ammo? I've never seen such a dramatic difference in bullet performance as I have today.

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Old March 5th, 2017, 06:37 AM   #2
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Don't know about the loaded ammo, but I do have 2k once fired in my stash to load some day.

RA is Remington

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This was special ammo produced for the Army's point and shoot philosophy. Easier than teaching marksmanship.
Ok , so it was a joke.
147 grn minute of man.
RA is good brass for reloading anyway. I had many K of 68 that came to me linked with tracers in the 80s. Price was right.

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Do you know what the number stamp means? Is it the year it was made?

This stuff came on stripper clips stamped SEY.

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Do you know what the number stamp means? Is it the year it was made?

This stuff came on stripper clips stamped SEY.
Yes, year made.

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Old March 5th, 2017, 07:51 AM   #6
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You ammo

RA made a lot of 7.62mm for machine gun use, I recall it had either green or purple primer seal,,, you have no idea how well you shot...Art

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I have some unmarked case ammo that came from Nicaragua. Horrid. HOT, but horrid.

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You will find most USGI 7.62 ammo from the Vietnam era not to be that accurate.
You will find RA(Remington) ammo as early as RA 58. You will also find WRA 58(Winchester). LC 58 (Lake City) and FA58. US GI 7.62 ammo produced during the Vietnam era will be headstamped LC, WRA, WCC (Western Cartridge Co), RA, TW (Twin Cites),FA (Frankford Arsenal) and IVI (Valcartier Quebec) along with year. IVI and FA shoots about the best. But all of it is now 50 plus years old and stored under unknown conditions and made under wartime conditions. I have shot it all and was never impressed with its accuracy. LC 7.62 head stamped MATCH or NM is a whole different story and shoots very well.

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If you have access to reloading equipment.

Try disassembling a round or two.

I wouldn't be surprised if the neck sealant has turned in to " neck cement ".

I would also suggest seating the bullet slightly deeper, this will also "break" the set of the sealant.


I have seen this help older surplus milspec ammo before... so it might be worth a try.

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This was special ammo produced for the Army's point and shoot philosophy. Easier than teaching marksmanship.
Ok , so it was a joke.
147 grn minute of man.
RA is good brass for reloading anyway. I had many K of 68 that came to me linked with tracers in the 80s. Price was right.

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What case tray is that in your pic?

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Howdy,

I have shot WWII ammo (.30-06 M2 and .45 auto) that was properly stored, with no problems.

I have also shot sixties and seventies era ammo that was not properly stored, with plenty of problems.

Whether the ammo was good or bad from the start - poor storage can make it all bad.

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Sounds like poor storage

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What case tray is that in your pic?
Custom made by a gent out West.

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I don't know if he is still around but they are super.

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