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Old 03-19-2012, 11:50 PM   #1
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What 5.56 dose the military use

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Old 03-20-2012, 08:40 AM   #2
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They just switched over to MK318 MOD 0 recently. Ive seen it for sale around $15 for 20 rounds but its a little hard to find.

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What 5.56 dose the military use
For the most part, they Use the M855, and the army is starting to use the M855 lead free.
There is also mk318 in the Marines, which is becoming more widely issued as I have been led to understand.
There is also mk262 which is a match round that some Snipers/Designated marksmen have been using.
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Is M855 just a type of 5.56 that multiple companies make, or is there one specific company that manufactures the M855 ammo?

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Not sure the military runs its own armories any longer, at least for ammo. The military sets the specs and buys from the lowest bidder. M855 refers to a FMJ 62gr steel penetrator tipped round. Lake City Armory is probably what would come to mind as far as what the military uses. M193 55gr FMJ is another mil-spec round but its use has given way to the heavier 62gr round. Both will work just fine in any AR-15 chambered for 5.56mm.

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M855 is manufactured in a number of countries. For American made, Federal/Lake City tends to run the cheapest. I think Winchester makes a version and someone else too, within the US, but I could be wrong. Lately I've been stocking up on match/ hollow point ammo, quality versus quantity or some argument like that.

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