Well I never thought I would see the day but here it is. The impressive and highly sought after Swiss P .223 Ball ammo has finally landed on our shores. I’m guessing it made sense to import it now that 5.56 / .223 ammo is in such high demand. The Swiss P stuff was never cheap. In fact they claim all Swiss P ammo achieves a 1 MOA accuracy at 100 yards. That’s a pretty impressive claim for a 63 grain Ball ammo issued to the Swiss and German defense forces. So it has always been pricey and roughly double what we were seeing for Federal XM855.
So, what makes Swiss P .223 special? For starters they manufacture it in Switzerland on some of the most advanced manufacturing equipment known to man. RUAG Ammotec has been making powerful small arms ammunition for over 140 years. The most advanced processes are applied at the enterprise’s operations in Switzerland, Germany and Sweden to produce high-grade products. This family of rifle cartridges has been developed especially for snipers. They are refined down to the last detail for use by absolute professionals. All cartridges (except Subsonic) provide the same point of impact over the operative range. No adjustment is required in case of a change of cartridge. This enables the rifleman to focus entirely on firing and to obtain the best first-shot effect in the target at all times.
The Swiss ammo company utilizes a high tech electro-annealing process that as you may guess, creates an electrical field that the brass cases are passed through to create the needed heat treatment. Typical rifle case annealing involves a propane flame by which the cases are passed through creating the discoloration we see on military brass rifle cases. Annealing is the process of heating the brass to about 650-700 degrees Fahrenheit, then letting it cool. This softens the metal just enough to keep it from splitting.
We picked up a few hundred rounds from the good people over at WeaponsWorld.com. They are the only people that carry the Swiss P line of ammunition here in the states and have supplied Swiss P in 338 Lapua, 300 Win Mag, and 308 Winchester to those who demand, and can afford, absolute precision.
The ammo arrived in good time and packed in generic looking white boxes with blue and black writing on the outside designating what we could expect to find within. As we opened the package we discovered that that ammo was loaded onto grey plastic charges. These are stripper clips but designed to work specifically in the STG series SIG 550 rifles issue to the Swiss military. To use these charges in a USGI guide would require an adapter. To be honest I have no desire to load from stripper clips. They are a pain and when you have a Mag Lula magazine loader handy there just is no point.
Easily some of the prettiest ammunition I have ever seen, the Swiss P .223 simply exudes quality. It features a unique Tombac jacketed lead core projectile. Tombac is a brass and copper alloy with a concentration of Zinc mixed in. This is done to extend the service life of the weapon as the Tombac jacket produces less wear that standard projectiles. The Tombac jacket also attracts a magnet. So keep that in mind if your local range applies this highly scientific approach to determining if your ammo is “steel core”. The ammo is NOT steel core. In fact the Tombac jacket is slightly softer than a traditional copper jacket.
The boxer primer is staked and sealed for water resistance and the brass is course fully re-loadable. In fact, this is easily some of the finest 223 brass we will ever get our hands on so if you reload this is a huge bonus.
Swiss P claims that we should see 1 MOA at 100 yards from their products and we intend to test that statement to the fullest degree. We have enlisted the help of a fine marksman, dare I say an EXPERT. To assist us in this endeavor. Stay tuned as we report back on our findings.