Is there any disadvantage to shooting .223 in a 5.56 chamber?

Discussion in 'AR-15 Discussion' started by HotFudge, Feb 19, 2014.

  1. HotFudge

    HotFudge New Member

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    I get that you shouldn't shoot 5.56 in a .223 round, but what about the other way around?
     
  2. FrontierTCB

    FrontierTCB Active Member

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    No problem. I bbl is stamped 5.56 it can also shoot .223 without issue.


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  3. Gatoragn

    Gatoragn Active Member

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    Not going to hurt the rifle at all to shoot .223 in a 5.56 chamber. May not win a national match, but will shoot minute of paper target, pig, varmint, etc.
     
  4. JTJ

    JTJ Well-Known Member Supporter

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    The 223 in a 5.56x45 chamber might be slightly less accurate but not enough for me to worry about. 223 hand loads in my MVP which is chambered in 5.56 are still sub MOA.
     
  5. bluez

    bluez Well-Known Member

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    The above posters are both correct
     
  6. Gatoragn

    Gatoragn Active Member

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    But there are three of us. :p
     
  7. Rick1967

    Rick1967 Well-Known Member

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    He was talking about the other two. :p
     
  8. ccase39

    ccase39 New Member

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    What about .223 Wyld?
     
  9. sigman84

    sigman84 New Member

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    Best of both basically. Used a lot in match barrels. Noveske is one company that uses the wylde chamber.

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  10. Mercator

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    For all practical purposes (except arming the troops) the 223 Rem is better than 5.56 NATO. There are more choices for target and competition shooting, with less recoil. If you shop around, you will notice the 5.56 is a little cheaper, but sells slower. It is for a reason.
     
  11. Axxe55

    Axxe55 The Apocalypse Is Coming.....

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    IIRC, RRA also uses the Wylde chamber in some of their AR's.
     
  12. ccase39

    ccase39 New Member

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    They do. My question is can you shoot Wylde ammo in a rifle chambered for .223/556 or do you need it to be chambered for all three?
     
  13. sigman84

    sigman84 New Member

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    Wylde is just the chamber. It uses certain aspects of a 5.56 chamber and certain aspects of a .223 chamber. If there is a .223 wylde ammo I have not seen it.

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  14. Axxe55

    Axxe55 The Apocalypse Is Coming.....

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    pretty much what Sigman said. it's just a little different chambering that makes the rifle a little more accurate IIRC.
     
  15. sweeper22

    sweeper22 New Member

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    Wylde's are typically for stainless precision setups where the shooter also wants the flexibility of shooting 5.56.

    For precision, go with a SS 223rem or Wylde barrel.
    For a reliable 'eats anything' battle rifle, go chrome-lined 5.56.

    It's just that simple.
     
  16. sigman84

    sigman84 New Member

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    Good answer!

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  17. Ohio16pt

    Ohio16pt New Member

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    There won't be any issues with shooting the 223. We issue 223 ammo for our duty rifles and it performs flawlessly out past 300yds with irons.


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