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I was at the range helping a friend with his 9mm AR build. I found a handfull of 5.56 on the bay, with a couple of nickle mixed in. When I got home, I looked, and they both had LC headstamps. I've never seen a nickle plated LC case before. Have you? :confused:
 

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Doesn't Hornady have a contract now with Lake City for a commercial .223 load? It may have a nickel plated case.
 
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Yep, lake city and Hornady are co horts in the 223 /556 business as of late.
I have found maybe a couple dozen nickled cases, don't recall the brand as it was some time ago.
pretty sure they are in the old brass awaiting loading coffee can.
lots of LE use my regular range hangout.
 
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I have recently found nickle 5.56 and nickle .300 ACC.
 

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I believe the old TAP line (Hornady?) of LEO ammunition was all nickel plated cases which would have included 5.56mm. .300BLK nickel plated cases may be in one of Sig's new LEO lines of ammunition, but I can not remember seeing any on the shelves at my LGS.

But the original question was about Lake City which has been all MILSPEC up until recently. The answer is that Lake City has recently branched out into the commercial world, and nickel plated cases with their LC headstamp would clearly be a commercial offering and not a MILSPEC one.
 

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I may be out in left field, but I have heard somewhere that Lake City is ran by one of the big manufacturers under contract. This is why Federal XM193 comes in LC headstamped cases.
Yes, the concept is called GO CO for Government Owned Company Operated. Uncle Sugar owns all the land, buildings and machinery, the company is paid a management fee to get the most out of it. Never fear, Defense Dept inspectors on the government payroll are there all the time insuring the ammo goes bang when it is supposed to. Besides, at least at Lake City, many of the folks are current reserve or ex-military with a substantial number with direct relatives in one of the services. I have toured Lake City years ago, and the pride in what they do is very evident. LC head stamp ammo is good stuff.
 

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I find them at our range after one of the LEO groups have been there. Crimped in primers, yuck....
 
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