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Does anyone know if .223 tracers have adverse effects on the guns that shoot them?

I have a friend that thinks tracers are fireworks. I have never shot any in any of my guns.

Just wondering. Thanks.
 

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I shoot them by the truckload out of my AR's. In the last year or so when the 55 gr M193 FMJ's went up from $25/k to $65/k, M196 tracers have stayed low. I bought 12K for $23/k. They load and shoot just like the M193 pills.

Granted all of my AR's have chrome lined bores and chambers, but I have heard of no ill effects from shooting them. They usually get a little ways from the muzzle before they light.
 

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I shoot them by the truckload out of my AR's. In the last year or so when the 55 gr M193 FMJ's went up from $25/k to $65/k, M196 tracers have stayed low. I bought 12K for $23/k. They load and shoot just like the M193 pills.

Granted all of my AR's have chrome lined bores and chambers, but I have heard of no ill effects from shooting them. They usually get a little ways from the muzzle before they light.

Can you still find ammo for that price?
 

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Meant to post this last night, but was having some computer problems...dang vista system:mad:

anyway...never shot any in my AR, but used to shoot the devil out of an old M1 Carbine...never had any problems, and this was loaded milsurplus ammo................just remember...........if your shooting in the woods, and it is real dry........Tracers WILL start a fire:biggrin:
 

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I was told by my instructors(in sniper school) not to shoot the 7.62 machine gun tracers through my [match barrel]sniper rifle, only to use the match ammo...it began to get hard to find match ammo[180gr nato boat-tail]and I wound up aquiring a scoped M16 as a standby rifle when my ammo didn't come in. I never thought twice about firing tracers through the 16. but took my sniper instructors at their word, that; it would eventually ruin my M14!
 

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They won't hurt your bore. They are made from regular guilding metal, just like regular bullets. They might not shoot as accurately as match bullets, but they won't damage a bore.
 

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We have had a few police departments call us that have shot them without properly cleaning the barrel. They have blown up a couple of guns. Apparently they can foul a barrel up pretty good. Since we don't make a tracer, I haven't shot any here at work, but the LE guys tell me that you always have to clean up after you shoot them otherwise you risk gun damage when you go back to shooting regular ammo.

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This is from the US Army FM23-9...

Soldiers should avoid long-term use of 100-percent tracer rounds. This could cause deposits of incendiary material/chemical compounds that could cause damage to the barrel. Therefore, when tracer rounds are fired, they are mixed with ball ammunition in a ratio no greater than one-to-one with a preferred ratio of three or four ball rounds to one tracer round.
 
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