Some years ago I saw on one of the gun discussion groups this really great deal on blemished M855 ammunition. I wanted to buy a great deal of it, but didn’t have the money for it.
Glad I didn’t, as it turned out it wasn’t just blemished ammo, it was reject ammo.
Similar thing happened again recently. I had just bought a bunch of Barnaul ammo for plinking and close range practice then suddenly www.theamericanmarksman.com had M855 “blemished” ammo for sale for 17 cents a round. Great price, right?
I have no qualms with buying blemished ammo. Some companies (like Black hills ammunition) will sometimes get rejected by the factory(not the military) for cosmetic reasons and will be sold at a discount. Unfortunately, sometimes these sellers are not selling this blemished ammo, but instead factory rejects.
AR15.com user jaqufrost bought of this reject ammo, and posted up pictures:
Ammo like in the second photo might shoot, but the ones in the first photo are going to give you a bad day if you try and jam it in your rifle.
Now cheap ammo often isn’t bad, but try not to buy factory rejects to save a few pennies a round.