ar 15 ammo???
Firearm & Gun Forum - FireArmsTalk.com > Long Guns > Auto & Semi-Auto Discussion > AR-15 Discussion > ar 15 ammo???

Reply
 
LinkBack Thread Tools Display Modes
Old 02-25-2013, 07:09 PM   #1
Feedback Score: 0 reviews
 
jrl78's Avatar
 
Join Date: Feb 2013
Posts: 64
Liked 11 Times on 9 Posts

Default ar 15 ammo???

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

__________________
jrl78 is offline  
 
Reply With Quote

Join FirearmsTalk.com Today - It's Free!

Are you a firearms enthusiast? Then we hope you will join the community. You will gain access to post, create threads, private message, upload images, join groups and more.

Firearms Talk is owned and operated by fellow firearms enthusiasts. We strive to offer a non-commercial community to learn and share information.

Join FirearmsTalk.com Today! - Click Here


Old 02-25-2013, 07:31 PM   #2
Feedback Score: 0 reviews
 
Join Date: Sep 2007
Location: Sidney,Oh.
Posts: 460
Liked 3 Times on 3 Posts

Default

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.

__________________

Catfish
Ohio

Catfish is offline  
 
Reply With Quote
Old 02-25-2013, 07:33 PM   #3
Feedback Score: 0 reviews
 
jrl78's Avatar
 
Join Date: Feb 2013
Posts: 64
Liked 11 Times on 9 Posts

Default

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

__________________
jrl78 is offline  
 
Reply With Quote
Old 02-25-2013, 08:00 PM   #4
Feedback Score: 0 reviews
 
Join Date: Dec 2012
Posts: 1,250
Liked 390 Times on 253 Posts
Likes Given: 1398

Default

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?

__________________
https://www.numbersusa.com/content/

Primary Rifle:
LWRC M6A2 w/ Eotech512

Primary Handgun:
Ruger GP100 Royal Phoenix
bluez is offline  
 
Reply With Quote
Old 02-25-2013, 08:11 PM   #5
Feedback Score: 0 reviews
 
jrl78's Avatar
 
Join Date: Feb 2013
Posts: 64
Liked 11 Times on 9 Posts

Default

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.

__________________
jrl78 is offline  
 
Reply With Quote
Old 02-25-2013, 08:15 PM   #6
Feedback Score: 0 reviews
 
Join Date: Feb 2013
Posts: 9
Liked 1 Times on 1 Posts

Default

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.

__________________
raf66 is offline  
 
Reply With Quote
Old 02-25-2013, 08:54 PM   #7
Feedback Score: 0 reviews
 
jrl78's Avatar
 
Join Date: Feb 2013
Posts: 64
Liked 11 Times on 9 Posts

Default

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.

__________________
jrl78 is offline  
 
Reply With Quote
Old 02-25-2013, 09:03 PM   #8
Feedback Score: 1 reviews
 
Join Date: Nov 2012
Posts: 1,036
Liked 100 Times on 83 Posts
Likes Given: 42

Default

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 charge......at least a crimp that can hold up if nothing else.

__________________

A good plan executed today is better than a perfect plan executed at some indefinite point in the future.
- General George Patton Jr

GeneralPatton is offline  
 
Reply With Quote
Old 02-25-2013, 09:08 PM   #9
FTF_SUPPORTER.png
Feedback Score: 0 reviews
 
EW1066's Avatar
 
Join Date: May 2010
Posts: 303
Liked 79 Times on 46 Posts
Likes Given: 14

Default

Quote:
Originally Posted by jrl78 View Post
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.

EDUB
__________________

When injustice becomes law, rebellion becomes duty.

Thomas Jefferson

EW1066 is offline  
Cattledog Likes This 
Reply With Quote
Old 02-25-2013, 09:11 PM   #10
Feedback Score: 0 reviews
 
jrl78's Avatar
 
Join Date: Feb 2013
Posts: 64
Liked 11 Times on 9 Posts

Default

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?

__________________
jrl78 is offline  
 
Reply With Quote
Reply

Thread Tools
Display Modes


Similar Threads
Thread Thread Starter Firearms Forum Replies Last Post
Ammo question about Aguila .22 LR Sniper Subsonic 60-gr ammo somawas .22 Rifle/Rimfire Discussion 23 06-27-2012 11:21 PM
gunpowder - civilian ammo vs military ammo erandyc AR-15 Discussion 10 03-02-2012 06:32 PM
45 cal. Ammo - Sources of Bulk Ammo for Practice? bf109 Semi-Auto Handguns 15 09-04-2011 07:44 PM
Revolver and rifle ammo - save of ammo??? jbscuba Revolver Handguns 20 11-21-2010 09:52 PM