>>28939491 >Is .223 less accurate when shot out of a gun chambered in 5.56? Because 5.56 is too expensive, 223 is cheaper. A .223 Remington or Wylde chamber is tighter in the throat than 5.56x45, which helps a little in accuracy. A true .223 Remington chamber also has a tighter neck.
5.56x45 isn't more accurate than .223 in 5.56 chamber, but both will be more accurate in a Wylde chamber, and 5.56 theoretically can be unsafe in a .223 Remington chamber.
>>28939363 7.62x39, 5.45x39, and 5.56x45/.223 are all as close as doesn't matter to being the same price now days.
AKs are best in 7.62, but I say that as a guy who considers his AR to be his go-to rifle. 5.45 or 5.56 AKs just aren't different enough from the (IMO superior) AR to justify me grabbing the AK instead of the AR when planning a range trip.
7.62 provides sufficient novelty that the rifle doesn't languish.
>>28939892 If you want to squeeze out a dollop more accuracy at the cost of a little more fouling sensitivity.
I've got two 5.56 chamber rifles (an HBar profile A2 clone and a free floated 16 inch hammer forged light weight) that will consistently shoot less than 3/4 inch at 100 yards with Gold Medal Match or hand loads (you've gotta shoot slow with the light weight, though, it heats up and opens up pretty quick). I don't think that going 5.56 over Wylde a big deal unless you're really serious about target shooting, or the 5.56 chamber gun is as loose as your mother.
>>28940308 It isn't. But it's tighter in the shoulder/neck, and may cause overpressure with 5.56 ammo.
IF IT IS A REAL .223 Remington chamber. A fuckload of .223 Rem marked rifles have 5.56 or .223 Wylde chamber cuts because the MFG is afraid of liability.
Most people will be best served with a 5.56 chamber. If you want to chase one hole groups with the small bore crowd, you'll want a Wylde chamber, but if the rifle isn't free floated or wearing a match trigger, those are upgrades you will need to unlock the potential of a Wylde chamber.
>>28940690 The problem with the M&P 15 is that it's missing necessary component of an AR, like a dust cover and forward assist. At that point you're better off just buying a finished lower, since you will need to replace the upper immediately.
>>28940171 Man forget that Wylde chamber vs 5.56 bullshit. You're thinking waaaayyy too fucking hard about it. Either chamber you go with, the guns still more accurate than you are. The only time you need to worry about shit like that is when you're gonna be shooting specific types of ammunition. For instance, if you were going to use GP90 ammo only, and pay the price per bullet and shoot at 600+ yards every time you shot, then sure worry about if u want a bastardized chamber or not. With what you're using it for (non competition) don't worry about it.
>>28941044 >>28941063 The AR556 also just works, and isn't missing any critical components, and is in the same price range. And since old man Ruger is dead, they now sell them as standard with 30 round PMAGs.
I'm just a guy with a lot of guns, not any kind of trained professional. If I had just one rifle, all other things being equal, I'd get a nice 5.45 rifle. I've got some AKs and a lot of ARs in different calibers. 5.56 and 7.62 are no slouches but 5.45 is super effective. Everything I've shot with 5.45 has died, and almost all of it has been within a step or two. That's not the case with 5.56 or 7.62x39.
Really 7.62x39 is terrible to hunt with. Even the soft points don't expand worth a shit. I wouldn't want to get hit with it but I wouldn't want to use it in anger unless there wasn't much else. It punches long straight holes in pigs well enough but is terrible for anything else. Heavy 5.56 is much like 7.62 out of most carbine barrels. Light 5.56 is a murder laser on things up to dog sized game but lacks real sticking power bigger than that.
The 5.45 I've recovered from game is nasty and leaves nasty wound channels. Take that for what you will. A 5.45 AK is hard to beat on effectiveness against two and four legged threats, flat shooting, reliability, and handiness.
>>28942136 Yeah knowing the popularity I'm now thinking either .223, 7.62x39 or maybe even a .308 (more expensive but I think it would be crazy fun to shoot a more powerful cartridge like that, and .308 seems to be the cheapest true rifle cartridge)
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