Ammunition lot numbers

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    Ammunition lot numbers

    Does any here know of a way to de-code ammunition lot numbers?

    I'd like to know if there is a way to identify how old the ammo is.

    I'm particularly interested at the moment in some Federal ammunition.

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    E-Mail Federal with the lot numbers - I bet they'll help.

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    Don't really know. I figure the lower the number the better. I may be wrong though.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Ram Rod View Post
    Don't really know. I figure the lower the number the better. I may be wrong though.
    Usually, the lower the number the older.

    The lot number is just a way to keep a paper trail on quality control.

    The company decides the quantity of product to be made under one lot number. It is easier to run more product with the same lot number, but if there is a problem, you have more product that you have to try to recall/fix/replace.

    The lot number is not a code that can be decoded to find out a date. It simply says; with Lot XXXX of this cartridge, we used Lot XXXX of casings, Lot XXXX primers, Lot XXXX bullet, etc.

    So if Lot XXX of some random cartridge has, for example bad primers, the company can go into it's records and find out exactly which primers they used, and any other runs that had the same primers.
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    Usually, the lower the number the older.
    IMO. older is better. That was back in the days of quality before quantity. ;)

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    OK, thanks.

    Was hoping maybe there was a pattern by manufacturer.
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    For Military munnitions, the breakdown is like this:

    FC 09 B 999-002

    FC- Federal Cartridge Company(Manufactrurer) (WCC-Winchester/Western Cartridge, PMJ-Poongsan Metals/Korea, NRE-New River Energetics)
    09- Year of Manufacture (2009)
    B- Month Manufactured (Feb) A-M w/ no I as this letter could be confused with a number. A being January and M, December.
    999- First part of the sequence number designating when it was made
    002- second part of sequence number w/ further designation as to when it was made

    this number may or may not be followed by a letter designating that this is a batch that has been re worked.

    This is military ammo, I have used commercial ammo as well and notice that even the government procured commercial ammo is a little different, I will see about explaining commercial ammo at a later time, or if anyone wants me to explain any other markings on the boxes. Please, just ask. I've spent at least 10 of my 18 plus years active duty dealing with Ordnance. IYAOYAS!
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