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#6505496 - 10/21/16 12:14 PM Right ammo for AR
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Trying to find an ammo that my AR likes. 1 in 9 twist. what are all of y'all using? It doesn't like the Lake City M855 in 62 grain. Tried some cheap stuff in 55 grain and it actually got a little better. My thinking was that it would like the heavier bullets better. Is it a case of consistency that I am facing? Before I go out and buy a bunch of match ammo in different grains I was wondering what you all like.
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#6505533 - 10/21/16 12:35 PM Re: Right ammo for AR [Re: TXHOGSLAYER]
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Mine seems to like the Fiocci 50 gr vmax loads, which is nice, because they are not expensive. For plinking, I buy the American eagle ae223. It's cheap, and although not as accurate as the vmax, accurate enough for plinking. For piggies, SSA by nosler, 64 gr PPT. I bought one box of a whole bunch of different brands in order to narrow it down to these. Wish I had saved my test targets to post, but I didn't.
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#6505740 - 10/21/16 03:43 PM Re: Right ammo for AR [Re: TXHOGSLAYER]
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Before I reloaded we shot a bunch of Black Hills 60 VMax. Wasn't as good as my reloads but I didn't expect it to be. It was 1.25" consistently and occasionally went under MOA.
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#6505807 - 10/21/16 04:51 PM Re: Right ammo for AR [Re: TXHOGSLAYER]
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If you haven't already I'd upgrade the trigger that will make a world of difference then find the right ammo
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#6506021 - 10/21/16 08:10 PM Re: Right ammo for AR [Re: TXHOGSLAYER]
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My gun likes everything I feed it

I shoot Amer Eagle AR 223 because it is cheapest. Shoots both the 55 and 62 well
Barnes vortex 62gr TSX for hunting and that shoots well also

I have 500 rounds of IMI 556 62gr stored away for my prepper stash and they are accurate also

But I am not looking for same hole performance. Its for multiple or quick acquisition shots in my opinion and my gun with a Geisselle trigger likes them all. And yes a nice trigger is a must for accuracy.
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#6506026 - 10/21/16 08:18 PM Re: Right ammo for AR [Re: TXHOGSLAYER]
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60 grain V-Max with 26 grains varget works well in a lot of guns if you reload.
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#6507227 - 10/23/16 06:19 AM Re: Right ammo for AR [Re: TXHOGSLAYER]
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In theory a 1-9 twist will like lighter bullets. 55gr or below is the right track. Get a 55gr BT or match bullet and see how it does. I shoot a 53 gr vmax in some of my reloads and the groups surprised me.

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#6507234 - 10/23/16 06:29 AM Re: Right ammo for AR [Re: BillyBadBass]
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All my ARs like Black Hills 52 gr MHP and the PMC 55 gr FMJ lays right on top of them so I don't have to worry about changing zero or "adjusting".
For hog hunting we only use the Barnes 55gr TSX.
The selection works in our Bushmaster, DPMS, Oly, S&W M&P, and custom built ARs.

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#6508117 - 10/23/16 08:20 PM Re: Right ammo for AR [Re: TXHOGSLAYER]
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Thank you all for your replies. Will be spending some time at the range this week.
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#6508628 - 10/24/16 08:59 AM Re: Right ammo for AR [Re: TXHOGSLAYER]
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I'm not trying to be a jerk, but if you put garbage in, you get garbage out. The M855 is the steel penetrator bullet. It was designed to punch through steel, not be a target round. I've never seen an AR shoot these rounds very well. The cheap 55 grain stuff, well, it's cheap for a reason. I'm curious, why would you buy these rounds and expect to get top accuracy from them?

This is the main reason I do not sell 223 ammo. I can load match grade 223/5.56 ammo with the best bullets and powder, and 2 different AR's can have drastic different results in accuracy. I have 2 AR's and both of them are night and day different in what they like, and how they shoot. AR's can be finicky in what they like.
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