.308 Hornady TAP Ammo

Upstate43

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Can someone explain the differences between .308 Hornady Tap ammo marked for LEO only (informally referred to as Red Box TAP ammo) and .308 Hornady TAP FPD (for personal defense) which is marketed to civilians (informally referred to as Black Box TAP ammo)?

On the surface, it seems the LEO-oriented TAP ammo uses traditional brass whereas the civilian variants use a nickel-coated case.

Is everything else the same in terms of bullet construction, powders used and overall loading?

I'm looking at specifically at the .308 168 TAP.

I've searched through old forum posts, but I haven't seen any conclusive determination on the subject.
 

CRT2

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I use the 168 gr A-MAX TAP #80965. The TAP (red box) is more consistent round to round than any of the other A-MAX. TAP has a published muzzle velocity of 2676 fps whereas the other A-MAX list 2700 fps.