Well yes, weve wander around a bit from my original post.
Initially it was about the viability of the .223 as a long range round in AR 15s since I understood .308s to be the norm, and the Federal Ballistic charts seemed to indicate that would be the case.
I got to heft some long range AR 15s. I dont know that long range 5.56 AR 15s are appreciably lighter than the .308s. But I understand the amount of rounds per pound is quite different, which would be a major concern to snipers.
This is also all wound up in my selection of a rifle that I could make the most use of in the spring for marksmanship. Im looking for a rifle that I could feed most affordably. That got me into the whole 5.56 vs. .223 quagmire.
It is NOT about seeking a magic rifle & caliber combination that would make one a sniper.
It is about seeking a magic rifle & caliber combination that I could make the most use of to develop my marksmanship skills, using the most ubiquitous ammunition and considering the limitation of a 300 yard range.
(What the hell am I going to do with a .306 and a 5-15x60 scope?)
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