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Old 05-27-2013, 03:45 AM   #1
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Ok guys I know right now you really can't be picky but I just got a new Colt le6920 which is the NATO 5.56 so I can shoot .223 as well. My question here is this, are there any things I should look for a steer away from when buyin ammo?

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Yeah, steer away from poor quality or reloaded ammunition. An in-spec Colt carbine should reliably feed, extract, and eject any in-spec 556 OR 223 ammunition using 55 to 77 grain bullets.

While you're at it, get quality magazines for your Colt. I prefer MagPul magazines to Colt or USGI aluminum magazines.

Apart from poor quality ammunition, poor quality magazines are the other most frequent cause of problems in autoloaders.

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I got a magpul mag with my Colt, I got the Magpul edition. I plan to stick with those. So essentially no crap reloaded stuff and that's about it? Also little help performance wise the only difference will be accuracy?

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I use quite a bit of military surplus ammo. I find that some of the South African milsurp is great in my rifle, I also found that the Black Hills reloads are awesome, but not as good as my own handloads. The South American milsurp is crap for mine and some of the IMI is crap as well. But that's my rifle. Yours may prefer something else.

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Is there a certain grain count I should be looking for? Why shoot 5.56 vs .223 accuracy?

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Is there a certain grain count I should be looking for? Why shoot 5.56 vs .223 accuracy?
55gr or heavier. 62+gr is ideal, but 55gr will likely do its part. 223/556 doesn't much matter. Your gun is designed more for highly reliable feeding and acceptable accuracy than supertight tolerances and pinpoint accuracy. And that's not to imply it can't be really accurate.

Buy brass ammo. 55gr is fine. Hope for deals on 62+gr. Magpul mags are great, but Lancers and Troys are every bit equal in quality in my experience. And aluminum USGI type mags can be plenty good too.
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Agreed that you should just use quality ammo in your new Colt. Mine really likes Winchester Q3131 55 grn and Federal M193 55 grn (Lake City).
As for foreign ammo I agree the South African 5.56 is great stuff if you can find it. Lately I've been seeing a lot of the Korean PMC Bronze 55 grn 223 which I hear is decent. I would definately avoid any steel cased ammo.
Both Winchester and Federal have excellent M855 62 grn 5.56 ball which is the current USGI issue.

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Don't let anybody fool you; unless you got a defective gun, Colt's aren't picky eaters. Use the cheap stuff to plink and practice with, then the good stuff for when accuracy matters. I keep a box of russian steel case ammo for SHTF. My little red-head bastard stepchild of an AR will shoot ANYONE'S ammo that isn't defective. Eats the steel or brass equally. Live or blank, it doesn't care. Relax and go shoot your gun. It will do fine.

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Be very careful when you hear people talk about "crap" ammo.

There is absolutely wrong with steel cased Russian ammo. Or European ammo. 90 Percent of my shooting is my own reloads. Black Hills reloads are great ammo.

There are some that will call ammo crap if it isn't made by labor union workers in the U.S. These folks have a personal agenda, so watch for them.

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There are some that will call ammo crap if it isn't made by labor union workers in the U.S. These folks have a personal agenda, so watch for them.
.... and buy up what they won't touch!!
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