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Long-Range Shooting with the AR-15

Long-range shooting with an AR-15 means different things to different shooters. However, the basics of achieving long-range accuracy come down to two things—barrels and bullets. Here’s a history of how refinements in those crucial areas got started.

.223 vs 5.56


.223 vs. 5.56: Ammunition Comparison and Overview

Using commercial .223 cartridges in a 5.56-chambered rifle should work reliably, but generally will not be as accurate as when fired from a .223-chambered gun due to the excessive leade. There always seems to be a lot of confusion over the difference between a .223 and a 5.56 chamber. I often receive questions asking if someone can shove 5.56 ammo into their new AR-15. The quick answer is maybe. Just because a gun has .223/5.56 scribed on the barrel, does not mean it can handle either piece of ammunition equally.