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Old 12-11-2010, 04:46 PM   #1
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I am a reloader. I pour lead for everything I shoot. I currently reload rifle calibers 30-30, 308 Win, 8mm Mauser, 7.62x39, 7.62x54. I also load many more pistol calibers. My question is does anyone here shoot lead out of an AR. I would like to shoot .223. But I am afraid that lead would ruin the gas system in an ar. My SKS does great. But it is piston operated. And I still have to clean out the piston assembly quite often. I am thinking of buying a mini 14 instead. Anyone with first hand experience?

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Old 12-11-2010, 04:59 PM   #2
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its not the piston vs di thing that makes shooting lead in a gas operated gun its the little gas hole in the barrel that makes it a bad idea. lead will clog the gas hole and then you got a real chore to clean it. you can shoot lead 22lr out of a 5.56 cuz the bullet doesnt generate enough pressure to cause fouling in the gas port. to clean an AR gas port you have to remove the gas block to clean the port. mini14 have the same issue with lead as do AK and every other gas operated rifle you care to mention.

lead is just not a good idea in a gas weapon less you dont mind going to lengths to clean them.

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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.

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I don't think it's a good idea to shoot lead bullets out of an AR. Jon is right about the gas port getting clogged up. With the price of bulk .224 bullets being so cheap I'd recommend just loading them.

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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.
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