BE AWARE that here is fake Turkish SS109 ammo on the market. I have hundreds of rounds of the stuff. It is easy to tell the real SS109 as a strong magnet can pick it up because of the steel penetrator core in the tip. The Turkish SS109 is simply lead-cored 62-grain FMJ, but it shoots the exact same 2.5 MOA as SS109 in my rifles and can be used for practice if you wish, and to obtain brass for reloading.
Real NATO SS109 is NEVER headstamped as SS109, but the fake Turkish stuff is headstamped SS109 in the lot that I have. I have real SS109 62-grain steel penetrators that I will be reloading into the fake SS109 cases, and I want the SS109 headstamps for my own ID purposes. Real SS109 has green tips, but I will not be painting my reloaded ammo tips so I want the headstamps on the cases. Real NATO SS109 will have the circle with crosshair headstamp, but other military ammo does as well.
I gave 37 cents a round in case quantity a long time ago for M855/SS109 and I hear it is basically sold out in the surplus market. Being waterproof and coming in waterproof plastic bags, I bought it for long term storage against rising commodity costs, which is now coming down on us. Like rising gas prices, we have only begun to see the massive price increases in ammo. The .224 bullets will see increasing use in hunting in the future, as new bullet designs allow use on game never once thought ethical in the past, and .224 bullets will be about the most that many folks can afford, and military brass is available for chump change.