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jrl78 02-25-2013 07:09 PM

ar 15 ammo???
Alright guys what ammo should I go with, 5.56 independence or .223 hornaday?

Catfish 02-25-2013 07:31 PM

Any 5.56 milatry ammo or any 223 ammo should function in it. I would strongly recomand that you do not use steel cased ammo in it though.

jrl78 02-25-2013 07:33 PM

Ya I was just wondering cause I've never heard of independence before but it is 5.56. The hornaday is good but .223

bluez 02-25-2013 08:00 PM

Its a tought call.
usually I always prefer 5.56mmm but Hornady is high-end..
it is likely higher quality than a no name.
in a pinch I'd go w/ hornady in 223 over the higher loaded no name ammo.

But very tough call I could see the choice going either way.

Which is priced lower?

jrl78 02-25-2013 08:11 PM

I went ahead and bought the independence 5.56. It was a little bit cheaper than the hornaday .223. I'm gonna try to go squeeze off a few rounds here the next week or so. I'll let you guys know how that stuff works out.

raf66 02-25-2013 08:15 PM

I'm new to the AR platform but I will add that it's my understanding that you can (or at least should) only shoot 5.56 in an AR chambered for 5.56. An AR chambered specifically in 5.56 will safely shoot 5.56 and .223 rounds whereas an AR chambered in .223 can only shoot .223 rounds safely.

That said, if your looking for plinking ammo I think I'd choose the Hornaday in .223 even if your AR is ok to shoot 5.56. I have shot the Independence 5.56, though, and it consistently went bang.

jrl78 02-25-2013 08:54 PM

The ar I own is chambered for 5.56/.223. I was more worried about the quality of the round and the fact that it is so hard to come by 5.56 in my neck of the woods. I haven't heard of independence rounds before and wasn't sure about the quality of the ammunition. I did buy a couple boxes and will empty some boxes here in a week or so.

GeneralPatton 02-25-2013 09:03 PM

Just a little side note here. I was over at the LGS today, they have that WMD total NiB plated AR for sale. The pin is made to such a tight tolerance we were having a bit of trouble opening her up. Grabbed a Hornaday Zombie max .223 round since it has the plastic tip to avoid marring the finish. With basically little to no force, the round fell into the casing, and spilled out some powder. Now, I know you'll say don't use a round to push the pins, but it was the softest thing after a quick glance around. The amount of force it took to make that head slip into the case was so little, I'm surprised the dam things don't cave in on themselves just during the act of being chambered. I guess I expected more from Hornaday then that for the prices they least a crimp that can hold up if nothing else.

EW1066 02-25-2013 09:08 PM


Originally Posted by jrl78 (Post 1153973)
The ar I own is chambered for 5.56/.223.

Just as a word of caution. Do Not use the stamp on the lower receiver to tell you what your rifle is chambered for. The lower does not determine the cambering. Look at the markings on the barrel. A barrel made buy a reputable mfg will have the chamber/caliber stamped on it.


jrl78 02-25-2013 09:11 PM

Wow, no doubt. That has me shaking my head. Hornaday has always been a solid brand in my use uses. Do you think this could have been a "lemon" so to speak?

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