7.62mm XM256E1 Low Recoil


#1

I bought this box of 7.62mm Low Recoil ammunition at a gunshow several years ago. I can’t recall exactly what I paid for it.
Can anyone tell me more about it? Are these boxes hard to find? I am considering selling some things in my collection and would like to get a better idea as to value/scarcity.

Most of my collection is loose rounds, not boxed ammunition, so this doesn’t fit into it all that well.

Thanks!

Allen


#2

The XM256E1 is nothing more than the M198 Duplex cartridge loaded with only the front bullet. It is a 90 grain, flat base, steel bullet, copper plated, with a white tip. There are several variations of the cartridge.

They are not especially hard to find, even the full cartons. value is whatever a willing buyer will pay.

3rd from left is a sectioned XM256.

Ray


#3

Thanks RayMeketa

I thought I’d heard about it being related to the green tipped Duplex. Nice to see a cutaway of it.
When I purchased the box, I had never seen them before, and haven’t seen them since, so I was curious.
Cartridge collecting has fallen really low on my priority list these last few years, so I am a bit out of touch.

Allen


#4

What is the “FAP” manufacturer code here? Is the “P” a certain FA plant or does it have a different significance?


#5

The “P” indicates a pilot, prototype, or pre-production lot. I think that’s now been replaced with “A” for “First Article” lot. But, they change lot numbers so often that you need a score card to keep track.

Ray


#6

An earlier thread on this topic: viewtopic.php?p=53230


#7

Hey, I now remember that old thread. A lot of water has gone under the bridge in the 4+ years since then. I’ve picked up a lot more of the cartridges, and full cartons too. It apparantly was more common than I originally thought.

Ray


#8

Ray, thanks a lot for the “P” info!