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Old 11-08-2012, 11:56 PM   #1
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Default .223 or 5.56?

sport utility rifle is chambered for 5.56

.223 is a touch less expensive

punching holes in paper at short range.

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Old 11-09-2012, 12:00 AM   #2
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are you asking if your gun can handle it? .. yes.. there is very little difference. .. but there is A difference..

5.56 can shoot both .223 and 5.56 with no issue

.223 can shoot .223 .... also it can shoot 5.56 BUT. IT'S DANGEROUS IF YOU GET A HOT LOAD. known to cause kabooms.

as long as your gun says 5.56.. your good to go for BOTH.

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rifle is marked 5.56 (and .223?)
Any reason to spend the extra money on 5.56 ammo?

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no reason unless u r hunting Taliban

For shooting at paper get the cheap stuff in bulk and enjoy.

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are you asking if your gun can handle it? .. yes.. there is very little difference. .. but there is A difference..

5.56 can shoot both .223 and 5.56 with no issue

.223 can shoot .223 .... also it can shoot 5.56 BUT. IT'S DANGEROUS IF YOU GET A HOT LOAD. known to cause kabooms.

as long as your gun says 5.56.. your good to go for BOTH.
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pick the cheaper stuff.
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Help me out here. What's the difference I'm kinda confused? Can you shoot both out of the same gun?

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rifle is marked 5.56 (and .223?)
Any reason to spend the extra money on 5.56 ammo?
for punching holes in paper? No...both rounds are equally capable of tearing a hole in paper. Seriously, the only reason I would spend extra for 5.56 is if I was shooting for precision and was matching the caliber to the barrel...plinking and recreational shooting I just grab what's cheap and shoots clean.
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Help me out here. What's the difference I'm kinda confused? Can you shoot both out of the same gun?
You can shoot .223 out of a barrel chambered for 5.56 mostly because the 5.56 has a higher pressure...you cannot shoot 5.56 from a .223 only, chambered barrel. There are other differences in the chamber between the 2 rounds but they will mostly affect accuracy, not safety.
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Yes you can use any .223 or 5.56. Bottom line.


Lets not kick a dead horse this time guys.

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You can shoot .223 out of a barrel chambered for 5.56 mostly because the 5.56 has a higher pressure...you cannot shoot 5.56 from a .223 only, chambered barrel. There are other differences in the chamber between the 2 rounds but they will mostly affect accuracy, not safety.
Not quite so. The 5.56x45 chamber has a longer distance to the rifling than the 223. While the 5.56 is only 10% over pressure the short throat can cause a pressure jump to 30% over pressure.
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