I was in my friend’s gun shop today and he had a “new loading” in 5.56 NATO from PMC, called X-Tac (Manufacturer’s Index 5.56K) The box is labeled as 5.56 NATO, not .223. It appears to me that this “new loading” is nothing more than SS-109 ball. The labe indicates in has a 62 Grs Green tip-LAP(which I assume stands for “Light-armor piercing.”
It is from the Dongrae factory, as indicated by the headstamp: P S D 1 0
The primer, which has a circular primer crimp it seems, is brass-cupped with a purple primer seal.
The bullet tip is green
The back of the commercial-style (colorful) box carries the admonition:
“WARNING: PMC 5.56 NATO ammunition is only to be used in rifles labeled 5.56mm, and must NOT be used in those rifles labeled .223.”
Just thought I would throw out a heads up for anyone who would be interested in this round for the box or the date. I think it is one of the first times I have seen a headstamp on foreign ammo appear here in the USA with a current-year headstamp date.