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nani
11-27-2011, 5:58 PM
My 5.56 AR is in jail until December 6th :mad: and I have no ammo for it yet. I'd like to buy at least 1000 rounds to break it in, but I don't want to noobishly buy dirty/bad ammo for it. I saw the thread on the PMC ammo so that's already on my list as some to check out.

So, my question is, what's your favorite 5.56 ammo and why?

1911su16b870
11-27-2011, 6:02 PM
XM193 55 grain Federal, because that is the cartridge developed by Armalite-Colt-.gov and it works in my ARs.

TruEdge
11-27-2011, 6:08 PM
I like 62 grain m855. What twist does your barrel have?

nani
11-27-2011, 6:11 PM
I like 62 grain m855. What twist does your barrel have?

It has 1 in 8" 5R Rifling.

beastie050
11-27-2011, 6:13 PM
XM193 55 grain Federal, because that is the cartridge developed by Armalite-Colt-.gov and it works in my ARs.

Agreed! +1

Thomas1190
11-27-2011, 6:25 PM
^^^ Agreed as well! I really like XM193 and if you shop around you can get it for a decent price. I like it better than the AE223.

SIGSHOOTR
11-27-2011, 6:32 PM
I also like the Federal 193. But, another great option is the PMC X-TAC XP193 55gr. FMJ (they also make a 62 gr. M855 green tip version-- also, excellent). ROKs make good ammo. This is the stuff they issue their guys. IMO, the brass is cleaner and in better shape than anything I've seen out of a Federal box. I keep about 1K of the PMCs and 1K of the Federals.

darqhelmet
11-27-2011, 6:33 PM
Xm193 and what ever hand loads I have around.

1lostinspace
11-27-2011, 6:37 PM
The best M-193 I have tried had an F at the end! ( M-193 F) I looked it up and it said something about being frozen during the manufacturing process. I like M855 it's not bad besides the Ballistics line up with my BUIS irons and BDC of my Burris AR Prism.

Vinrx7
11-27-2011, 6:39 PM
I always use Federal xm193 and never had an issue.

WDE91
11-27-2011, 6:42 PM
I like PMC bronze .223

1lostinspace
11-27-2011, 6:52 PM
When will the M855A1 hit civilian hands? Any thoughts?

cfusionpm
11-27-2011, 7:10 PM
I've got a whole bunch of American Eagle black box. Shoots well enough....

1lostinspace
11-27-2011, 7:12 PM
I've got a whole bunch of American Eagle black box. Shoots well enough....

My friend bought some and it was ok. Not bad for a non Match type round

SureShot241
11-27-2011, 7:18 PM
My favorite ammo is PMC. It is AMAZING! It's very cheap (price) but you get a lot for the price you pay. It burns cleaner then most ammo I have run into, and I personally think it is more accurate then brands like Federal and American Eagle.

If you want cheap ammo that runs great, go with PMC

nani
11-27-2011, 7:21 PM
When will the M855A1 hit civilian hands? Any thoughts?

I haven't heard of any civvie sales for it. Maybe we'll get some surplus after the wars are over?

cfusionpm
11-27-2011, 7:29 PM
My friend bought some and it was ok. Not bad for a non Match type round

Yeah, I picked up a pile of it for relatively cheap. Good for plinking, but it's not the most accurate round in the world.

nitroxdiver
11-27-2011, 7:32 PM
Federal xm193 and Federal xm855 are all I buy and shoot. I buy it bulk online.

tomd1584
11-27-2011, 7:35 PM
I like TAP practice ammo.

SgtJT27
11-27-2011, 7:36 PM
I like the M193 & M855 for my 1/7 twist AR. But for accuracy I like my loads better.

tanakasan
11-27-2011, 7:41 PM
M193 LC bulk for the most part, and American Eagle 223...cause its cheap and available at Wallys!

Robert

essinem4130
11-27-2011, 8:03 PM
I like Prvi Partizan 75g match ammo, shoots nice 1 hole groups at 100 yards out of my BCM 1/7 hammer forged barrel.

http://palmettostatearmory.com/180.php

Chach
11-27-2011, 8:13 PM
I'm partial to the IMI 62gr M855. Israelis make some good, accurate ammo.

Dave07997S
11-27-2011, 8:24 PM
I like PMC bronze .223
Unfortunately that isn't 5.56mm, yes 5.56mm is .223 cal. but it is a differnt round. PMC makes a great 5.56mm but its their xtac line.

Dave

mrvash
11-27-2011, 8:26 PM
Anyone of a good place with good prices to order some Federal XM193 rounds? also, what are those green tip rounds?

17+1
11-27-2011, 8:27 PM
I like PMC bronze .223

Yeah, the commercial, non-M193 clone stuff groups better. Very clean burning. Good clean brass too.

I shot some 55gr. Norinco 223 recently and it shoots better than any of the American commercial 223 I've tried. The powder they used burns filthy though. The cases are ugly...been tumbling them for hours trying to clean the tarnish off. Will see how well it works for reloading.

My favorite ammo is something I loaded myself. Black Hills Mk262 is really good stuff also.

hyperion.excal
11-27-2011, 9:06 PM
does anyone know where i can get cheap PMC? i keep hearing its good but the prices are too high for me... maybe im not looking in the right place. thanks

h0use
11-27-2011, 9:50 PM
I like wolf ammo

TruEdge
11-27-2011, 9:53 PM
Anyone of a good place with good prices to order some Federal XM193 rounds? also, what are those green tip rounds?

Try palmetto, sgammo, maybe cabela's. The green tip rounds are m855 which have a steel penetrator in the core of the bullet. Pretty gnarly stuff shoots through some pretty decent pieces of steel.

1lostinspace
11-27-2011, 11:34 PM
The priv m855 shoots tight but burns nasty. 26c varget with a 69smk allow me to make head shoot groups out to 600 yards using a Burris Prism and PA 3x with BDC reticle

1forall
11-28-2011, 3:47 AM
XM193 55gr for plinking and Hornady TAP-FPD for home defense.

crazychinaman
11-28-2011, 7:13 AM
check out ammotogo or ammoman.

imarangemaster
11-28-2011, 8:13 AM
Federal/lake City XM193 55 grain and IMI M193 55 grain. IMI is a tad more accurate.

imarangemaster
11-28-2011, 8:15 AM
Yeah, the commercial, non-M193 clone stuff groups better. Very clean burning. Good clean brass too.

I shot some 55gr. Norinco 223 recently and it shoots better than any of the American commercial 223 I've tried. The powder they used burns filthy though. The cases are ugly...been tumbling them for hours trying to clean the tarnish off. Will see how well it works for reloading.

My favorite ammo is something I loaded myself. Black Hills Mk262 is really good stuff also.

Some of the early Norinco was actually corrosive, even though they said it wasn't. An acquaintance ruined a Galil with it. Just make sure....

Tier One Arms
11-28-2011, 8:16 AM
Go with some Federal XM193, it's some of the better 5.56 out there.

0351USMC
11-28-2011, 8:37 AM
pmc bronze and x-tac

nani
11-29-2011, 10:08 PM
Thanks everyone for the helpful replies :-)

BAGunner
11-29-2011, 10:38 PM
Cheap plink: PMC 223
Target: FGMM 68gr
SHTF: M855 62gr

CK_32
11-29-2011, 11:29 PM
For desert range stuff M855 && XM193

I don't shoot for groups tho.

negolien
11-30-2011, 5:51 AM
If you just want range ammo Sportsman's Guide is selling Wolf 55gr for 99.72 for 500 rounds :<)....

http://shop.sportsmansguide.com/net/cb/500-rds-223-556x45-mm-wolf-fmj-55-gr-ammo.aspx?a=310940

jgraham15
11-30-2011, 6:07 AM
My FAVORITE 5.56 ammo is SSA 70gr TSX (very pricey though) - http://www.ssarmory.com/556ammunition-70gr-leadfree.aspx

second favorite would be SSA 77gr OTM (still pricey) - http://www.ssarmory.com/556ammunition-2.aspx


But for plinking ammo I just use one of the XM193 clones.

ZX-10R
11-30-2011, 7:40 AM
I honestly like PMC XTAC Green tip 62gr for my DD.

gun toting monkeyboy
11-30-2011, 10:59 AM
I like whatever is on sale cheap at Wallyworld. The Federal 55gr. FMJ .223 in the 100 round bulk boxes usually goes for around $40/100. It is reasonably accurate, and the brass isn't too bad for reloading. Not match quality, but good enough for most shooting. They also occasionally carry the American Eagle 55gr FMJ for even cheaper. I will also use Wolf if it is priced cheap enough. My guns don't seem to care. If I am planning on target shooting or hunting, I will roll my own. But for plinking and trigger time, I will go with what is cheapest.

-Mb

loosewreck
11-30-2011, 11:15 AM
I like whatever is on sale cheap at...

Me too, anything I can get cheap and shoot year round at the ranges around LA. So far, as far as price, availability and reliability is concerned, I like PMC a lot.

putemup
11-30-2011, 11:28 AM
+1 pmc xtac

17+1
11-30-2011, 12:43 PM
The priv m855 shoots tight but burns nasty. 26c varget with a 69smk allow me to make head shoot groups out to 600 yards using a Burris Prism and PA 3x with BDC reticle

Common theme with Prvi, it seems. I have some of it in 38 special and it's absolutely filthy. Always shoots accurately though, good brass and the price is right.

chicoredneck
11-30-2011, 1:20 PM
I have gone through many brands of 556 and decided that IMI is my favorite. It is accurate, loaded hot, and cheap. Centurion is a good buy IMO as well. Pmc is clean, but slow and the bullets, at least in the bronze line, don't like to fragment.

1lostinspace
12-13-2011, 9:13 PM
Common theme with Prvi, it seems. I have some of it in 38 special and it's absolutely filthy. Always shoots accurately though, good brass and the price is right.

I have shot ground squirrels with the 69 gr privi and it destroys them 69 smk just blows a small hole allowing them to crawl back into their holes I wonder what type projectile they are using

Cali-Shooter
12-13-2011, 9:39 PM
I like any decent XM193 ammo for my rifles. .223 FMJ from Remington, Winchester, and American Eagle are great also. And PMC.

captbilly
12-14-2011, 12:50 AM
I like Prvi Partizan 75g match ammo, shoots nice 1 hole groups at 100 yards out of my BCM 1/7 hammer forged barrel.

http://palmettostatearmory.com/180.php

I didn't series of objective tests of about 15 different types of. 223/5.56 and. 308/7.62. Prvi match was the best deal in decent quality ammo. It couldn't match Black Hills or HSM match ammo, but it is much less expensive. In. 308 nothing was as good as Federal Match, even my handloads couldn't match the consisten muzzel velocity of the Federal. None of the inexpnsive basic ammo shot particularly well, though some was so bad that it stood out. Some surplus. 5.56 I think it was Prvi, had the widest spread of muzzle velocity I have ever seen, and the groups were 6 times the size of the best ammo that I tested. The cheap Fiocchi stuff was the sootiest ammo I have evr shoot, and it was nearly the least accurate. I had some problems with the Superformance match ammo in both. 223 and. 308, popping primers, and middle of the pack for accuracy or consistent velocity. I think that part of the problem was that the superformance produces too much gas for a normally ser up AR, so the factory recommends an adjustable gas block to turn down the gas and keep the action closed a bit longer. I have since installed the adjustable gas block but I haven't bee able to do a full test yet.

None of the factory match ammo (except for the above mentioned issues with Hornady Superformance match) ever failed to function 100% of the time, it was only differences in accuracy that were seen. In fact, all the ammo tested function perfectly in all the rifles I tried, so it all seems to boild down to precision. Recently there have been some super deals on Federal Match in .308 ($18-$20) and HSM makes some excellent match ammo for about $14 for 20. Black Hills is pretty much top of the heap for. 223/5.56 and the Black Hills will go for about $40 for 50 rounds.

I just figure that I want my rifle shooting as good as it can, up to my ability to tell. 3 moa may be ok for a beginner shooter with iron sights, but if you are using a scope and have some experience it can be frustrating not being able to hit sub moa due to poor ammo.

roushstage2
12-14-2011, 1:12 AM
Sportsman's Warehouse in Rocklin has 420 rounds of 62g. M855 for $149.99. Wish I could've grabbed a can today :(

awall919
12-14-2011, 1:25 AM
I usually prefer m855 62 gr. But I recently acquired some Winchester USA 5.56mm 55 gr. FMJ and have been pretty happy with it thus far. No complaints yet anyway.

Hoop
12-14-2011, 7:38 AM
I like PMC 55 grain bronze. It's cheap, available everywhere and the brass is good.

Otherwise I like my handloads. 24 TAC or 24.3 varget, LC brass 69-77BTHP.

I wonder what type projectile they are using

The kind you can buy at widener's in bulk packs.

Paper Boy
12-14-2011, 7:49 AM
What ever is on sale and cheap... Although one of my AR's hates American Eagle for some reason wont group at all....

17+1
12-14-2011, 8:08 AM
Otherwise I like my handloads. 24 TAC or 24.3 varget, LC brass 69-77BTHP.


Can you seat the 77 to mag length with that much Varget behind it?

gun toting monkeyboy
12-14-2011, 8:24 AM
What ever is on sale and cheap... Although one of my AR's hates American Eagle for some reason wont group at all....

I have run into that too. One of mine just throws it anywhere in the general direction. A couple of others don't seem to mind it. But that one gun just hates it. And that is with a 1-in-9 twist.

-Mb

cayotehunter
12-14-2011, 1:15 PM
I like Prvi Partizan 75g match ammo, shoots nice 1 hole groups at 100 yards out of my BCM 1/7 hammer forged barrel.

http://palmettostatearmory.com/180.php

This stuff is hard to beat IMO

sm510husky
12-14-2011, 1:19 PM
since you live in folsom,check out redlineammo. i buy from them. zero FTF or FTE.accurate and clean. im 2300 rounds into my newest purchase. OR hit up sportsmansarehouse. 149.99 gets you 420 rounds of 62g in a can.

Donk310
12-14-2011, 1:30 PM
I like whatever is cheapest at the point of purchase. 55 grain, 62 grain, PMC, Privi, Fed... whatever.