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Old October 24, 2012, 03:52 PM   #1
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Ammo questions on 5.56 NATO

Hi All,

I just got my first AR. It's the Smith and Wesson M&P 15 Sport. The LGS got a couple so I grabbed one for $599. Intended use is described, below.

I'm likely keeping it somewhat stock, Magpul iron peep, etc. (Yeah... I know I'll probably start messing with it, but I'd like to get friendly with the gun first!)

So, with the 1:8 twist, what ammo do I want for range practice, plinking, coyote control and HD?

And, for cleaning, I have a brass .22 cal kit. With a bore guide, is that OK, or are there other, better options?

Thanks, folks....
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Old October 24, 2012, 04:11 PM   #2
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1:8 twist barrels should stabilize bullet weights up to 77 grains.


For things that go bump in the night:
  • W-W 64gr PowerPoint
  • Federal 62gr Trophy Bonded Bear Claw
  • Federal 60gr Nosler Partition
  • Federal 64gr Tru
  • Federal 62gr Fusion bonded
  • Federal 64gr SP
  • Barnes VOR-TX 55gr Triple-Shock
  • Hornady 60gr SP
  • Hornady 75gr TAP
  • Speer 64gr Gold Dot
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Old October 24, 2012, 04:12 PM   #3
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ideally 70gr+, but it'll shoot the lighter 55gr stuff just fine.
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Old October 24, 2012, 04:42 PM   #4
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good info...

I appreciate the feedback Thanks folks
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Old October 26, 2012, 08:06 AM   #5
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The 1-8 twist well shoot any NATO 5.56 you can find. I would get a case of LC M193 and learn the platform with it. The AR is designed to function with 5.56 NATO and well not always run well with .223.
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Old October 26, 2012, 08:35 AM   #6
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WE all have our favorites based on what we do with our rifles.

So to be honest, you're 1;8 will shoot anything from 50 -77 grn bullest quite well.

Maybe not the 80 -90 grn stuff but that has to be reloaded and loaded long, it wont fit in the Magazine and I don't think that's what you want.

So I'd suggest go to a box store and get cheap soft point 55 grn stuff. Assuming it works, you'll get it cheaper, meaning you can shoot more, which if done right means you'll be able to shoot your rifle better.

Don't get hung up on high price match ammo unless you're getting into High Power Match Shooting.
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Old October 26, 2012, 10:10 PM   #7
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250 meters and in you are good to go with 55gr soft points. It will handle varmints nicely, even punch through soft body armor if that is a concern for things that go bump in the night. Heck, if you are worried about pelt damage get FMJs for cheap, usually called M193 or XM193.

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Old October 26, 2012, 11:01 PM   #8
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The above three posts...

Thanks, gents. That's what I needed to hear. recommendations and applications. Perfect!
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Old October 26, 2012, 11:40 PM   #9
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There ya go

http://www.bulkammo.com/1000-rounds-...pmc-55gr-fmjbt
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Old October 27, 2012, 12:53 AM   #10
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I have one too.

I usually take the bolt apart after every range trip and clean out the carbon, along with the junk around the gas tube. Mobil 1 seems to work well on the friction points.

Might want to get a different handguard at some point as the stock one isn't heat shielded and gets hot pretty quick. I found a standard Colt double shielded at a gun show for $10. Stick with the Magpul Pmags, they work well.
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Old October 27, 2012, 10:47 AM   #11
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I'll check it out! Always need good, low-priced rounds...!

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Might want to get a different handguard at some point as the stock one isn't heat shielded and gets hot pretty quick. I found a standard Colt double shielded at a gun show for $10. Stick with the Magpul Pmags, they work well.
Yup... Got a gun show in 2-3 weeks locally. I'll check the handguards, and Pmags.

Many thanks! Now, just gotta' get to WallyWorld for a box of something and hump it out to the west desert to shoot rocks and milk jugs!

Yahoooo!

(Pics of the new baby tomorrow!)
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