Winchester Ranger 5.56mm 64 grain RA556B as currently issued by the FBI. Head stamps dated 2014, so it may be police trade ammo. However, I checked and the previous RA556B I bought two years ago from a now-retired Winchester dealer that he ordered from the Winchester warehouse was also dated 2014. That ammo sold like hotcakes with no reported problems. This has
been impossible to source for the past year and one-half, so this may
be as good as it gets for non-law enforcement buyers.
The photographs are of the actual 100 cartridges you are buying. I bought thousands of these cartridges this month. Some of the case heads are tarnished. That's not uncommon with 8 year old brass in paper containers. These clean up well by hand polishing with Flitz, but my fingers are getting sore. I culled the whole lot and have sold the best ones. This is the last lot of 250 cartridges. These are the actual photographs of the cartridges you are buying.
- Designed to
initiate rapid controlled expansion to quickly stop the threat
- Designed to
maximize retained weight for consistent terminal performance through a
variety of demanding barriers
Solid Base Design
penetration even after encountering a difficult barrier such as auto
Strength 5.56mm Shellcase
primer and cap/mouth sealant
- Velocity 50
- Velocity 100
- Trajectory 50
100 yds: 0
- Energy 50
- Energy 100
"The FBI has completed their testing process and awarded a 5.56 mm
ammunition contract for up to $97 million dollars. This award is now
public information and appears unique in several ways. Besides being
perhaps the largest ammunition contract in FBI history, it is also the
first time the FBI has mandated a true 5.56 mm pressure loading, rather
than the typical anemic .223 pressure loadings that have generally been
marketed to LE agencies. The 5.56 mm load offers approximately an extra
200 fps--helping performance out of short barrel weapons and enhancing
function when rifles are dirty or in dusty conditions. The new FBI
contract also required that the ammunition be packaged on stripper clips
to aid in more rapid loading of magazines. Finally, it is the first
multi-award carbine ammo contract for the FBI--both Federal Cartridge
and Winchester were judged to offer ammunition which met the contract
criteria. Numerous other Federal LE agencies are authorized to purchase
off this contract.
The 5.56 mm Federal 62 gr Trophy Bonded Bear Claw (TBBC) bonded JSP load is XM556FBIT3.
The 5.56 mm Winchester 64 gr solid base bonded JSP is Q3313 on stripper clips/RA556B in 20 rd boxes.
Both of these loads are the best barrier blind 5.56 mm loads ever
produced for LE use; they offer outstanding terminal performance, even
after first defeating intermediate barriers like vehicle windshields."
"The new Federal 5.56 mm 62 gr TBBC bonded JSP (XM556FBIT3), as well
as the older .223 55 & 62 gr TBBC bonded JSP's (
LE223T1 & LE223T3), the new 5.56 mm Win 64 gr bonded JSP (Q3313/RA556B), and the
new 5.56 mm
BH 50 gr TSX are the BEST general purpose loads available
for LE use today."
Dr. Gary Roberts
"A plethora of 5.56mm/223
Remington loads utilizing expanding barrier-blind projectiles have come
to the market in the last several years. One of the top performing
loads in this category that is currently issued by the FBI is the
Winchester Ranger 5.56mm 64 grain RA556B. Terminal ballistic testing
conducted by the esteemed Dr. G.K. Roberts has shown that this load has
an average penetration depth of 17.1” in bare 10% ordnance
gelatin with a recovered diameter of 0.46” (when fired from a
16" barrel.) After passing through an intermediate barrier of
automobile safety glass, the load has an average penetration depth of
13.6” with a recovered diameter of 0.35” (again
from a 16” barrel.)"
Molon on Lightfighter.net
"The Winchester RA556B load is topped with the Nosler 64 grain Bonded Solid Base projectile. This bullet has a copper base that comprises almost one-third of the length of the projectile. Obviously, the lead core is bonded to the copper jacket. The bullet has a cannelure and a “Protected Point” design for reliable feeding in AR-15s"
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