What's the point of green tip ammo?? What's about the effective range of an AR15 with 5.56 ? And what is 5.56 usually used for, hunting wise.. Thanks
The green is just a paint to signify that the 62 grain full copper jacket has a steel core in it which aids in penetration. 5.56 is the military version of the .223 and is used by the military to hunt people .ie insurgents.zack02 said:What's the point of green tip ammo?? What's about the effective range of an AR15 with 5.56 ? And what is 5.56 usually used for, hunting wise.. Thanks
Just a word of advice to the OP who appears to be new to some if not all guns and hunting, as TexasGunner said, if hunting larger game with 223 shot placement is important, however I wouldn't ever recommend using it elk hunting, sure it would kill the elk if you are close enough and hit it right but it isn't ideal.I myself dropped a 230 lb mule deer at about 50 yards with my mini 14 and a 55 grain full metal jacket. It only took 2 steps before it dropped.
Shot placement is the key if you plan to hunt with 223 or 5.56.
Yes and no. Sale of the actual ammo was restricted many years ago. The actual stuff that is made for the military and meets the standards is not sold directly to civilians. Stuff that is done as over runs has cosmetic defects or fails to meet the exact standards can be sold to civilians. This is where people will see an "X" in front of the military designation for a given round. For example Federal (the company that currently runs the government contract for ammo produced at the Lake City plant) will release lots of XM193 (55 gr FMJ) and XM855 (Green tipped FMJ penetrator rounds), that were not picked up for the contract purchase. They will release some in boxes marked with the XM designation, and others make it into their American Eagle line of ammo. The XM versions use military componenets, but certain lots may not meet accuracy, velocity, or standard deviation criteria for the contract specifications. They may have brass that didn't meet annealing standards, or has tarnish spots or other cosmetic defects. So it may not be quite as hot or accurate as the stuff that makes the cut, but it is usually fine for plinking, and training and often is still at a higher standard than some other commercial ammo that doesn't need to meet a contract standard.So can civilians buy 5.56 ammo? And thanks for the responses. Much appreciated.