Originally Posted by Rick1967
I have not torn down an ar type rifle since I got out of the army in 86. I was thinking that the tube might fill with lead. I was also thinking that once that tube got plugged it would be nearly impossible to clean out. I am able to clean out my sks. I don't let it get too built up though. I do of course gas check all my bullets. Perhaps I will look for a bolt action or a single shot.
its not impossible you just have to have the right tools to dissamble the front sight base in some cases. its a lot easier to clean the gas port on a AR than a AK or mini14.
its not the tube that will get clogged but the port itself. midlength or full length is not as liekly to clog as the shorty system since the gas port on the shorty is much smaller than the full or midlength.
if you go lead your gonna want to get a slower twist to prevent bullet disintegration.
stalkingbear is spot on. the price of bulk .224 is super cheap.