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Amid a national ammo shortage this is probably the last thing you want to hear. Winchester has issued a recall for some of their 5.56mm centerfire rifle ammo Feb. 4.

The Winchester 5.56mm M855 62 Grain Pene ammunition has the symbol number "ZGQ3308″ and the lot number "WCC10M106-004″.

The company stated in the recall notice that after an extensive evaluation they found that a single lot of Winchester 5.56mm M855 62 Grain Pene (penetrator) ammunition may contain incorrect propellant, an issue that if used may cause damage to the firearm or render it inoperable, or may cause injury to the shooter or bystanders.

Winchester Issues Recall for 5.56 Ammo
 

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Winchester 5.56 that I bought in December. First round fired from from my mini 14 was underpowered. Sounded like the pop of an M 16, little recoil, more than a .22 but not much. The action cycled and the next round loaded, but it sure didn't feel like I thought it was going to. Looked like a hit low at 6:00. That was actually a fold in the target, it didn't hit paper at 25 yds. Since I thought I saw a hit, I fired the next round. Ba- boom. Much louder, MUCH more recoil. I checked the barrel - no "knot" or bulge, so I figured out the first round was bad. Fired 40 rounds and all were like the second one. I returned the package to my local gun store with the offending round brass. They marked the lot number, etc. guess I better check the rest of the Winchester ammo I bought from them.

I was lucky. Had it not cleared the barrel when I thought I saw a good hit on the target I could have had a burst barrel. Since it was the first 5.56 I fired since a familiarization firing on the M16 in 1972 I did not realize it was a "short round".

Oh, mine was FMJ 55gr.
 
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