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    I missed the part about them being reloads. I have never seen 5.56 available as a reload so i would bet they are .223. They could still use 5.56 brass when reloading though. Also what Mad said above!
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    My mini 14 shoots both. Most AR 15 types only recommend .223.
    Some have a special chamber that feeds both safely.

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    Not having an AR type yet, I appreciate that kind of thread, it makes me realise that when I do buy one I'll be sure the barrel will read 5.56
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    Yup! I try to buy 5.56 NATO, but I just bought 500 rnds of Wolf, advertised as .223/5.56 NATO. BS, it's .223. My junk ammo, save the good stuff for the war.
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    Quote Originally Posted by Kobs View Post
    Not having an AR type yet, I appreciate that kind of thread, it makes me realise that when I do buy one I'll be sure the barrel will read 5.56
    When i was building mine i couldn't find one so i opted for a .223 but there is also the .223 wylde which is safe to shoot both. I couldn't find one because i had to get a non threaded standard barrel, I have shot some 5.56 through it but mostly run my .223 reloads in it. I still want to build another upper at some point and the barrels are easy to find now....or were a few weeks ago when i last checked but that's probably changing fast!
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    There are many brands out there selling 5.56 in boxes that are marked 5.56 but they are not 5.56. They are .223. This is not the same round. The 5.56 NATO is also called XM193. There is only 1 company in the United States that is licensed to manufacture XM193. Unfortunately for reasons I can not fathom Federal is not enforcing its license as far as labeling goes. If you are buying American made ammo that is stamped 5.56 or XM193 and it is not made by Federal then you are buying .223.

    This only applies to American manufactures of XM193. PMC for example is a Korean ammunition manufacturer and the 5.56 X-Tac is true XM193. Its good ammo but I prefer to buy American when ever I can. This narrows the choices down quite a bit. If you want the best performance from your 5.56 chambered AR-15 you buy Federal XM193 or PMC X-Tac. Federal is also slightly less expensive.

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