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 what is the best ammo to feed my new Bushmaster AR?
leetninja  [Member]
4/17/2008 7:46:45 PM EDT
I figured this would be the place to ask. I just bought a XM15-E2S

I got 300 rounds (to start) at a decent price and it is Federal American Eagle Tactical XM193C 223 55 Grain FMJ

I dont know if that is good ammo or if there is something better I should be buying instead? I'm sure that the 300 rounds won't last me long :)

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FMJ  [Team Member]
4/18/2008 5:09:43 AM EDT
For range

Best ammo
75gr TAP
Black Hills 75gr
Black hills 68gr

Soft points
Bear Claw
Old 64 PP by win
RGT  [Team Member]
4/18/2008 5:10:47 AM EDT
What are your needs in a round? Plinking, target, home defence or maybe all around?

After you run that 300 rounds of XM193 your Bushmaster should be broken in well enough to start trying different ammo to find what works best for your needs as well as what your rifle likes.

With the 1 in 9 twist of your barrel I suggest you try 55 or 62gr bullets. I shoot mostly Wolf (M/C 55gr) thru my Bushmaster but they're plinkers so accuracy is paramount.

Again, IMHO, your needs dictate the type of ammo you should buy.
mr_wilson  [Team Member]
4/18/2008 5:26:35 AM EDT

Originally Posted By leetninja:
I figured this would be the place to ask.

No asking necessary as everything you need to know is here: Ammo Oracle conveniently tacked to the top of this forum....

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leetninja  [Member]
4/18/2008 6:33:12 AM EDT
i tried reading through the oracle before asking - it didnt seem to really get into which brand was better or anything like that

mostly i will be using it at the range for target practice - i know in the back of my head home defense may be something i need some day at any random time but mostly i just want to be accurate

ive heard bad things about wolf from boards and from people I know even up at kittery trading post. ive been told that its very dirty ammo, that it can actually ruin the firearm because of the steel cashing, and that i should avoid it at all costs basically. i have no idea if any of it is true but i did some math and the wolf was about 37 cents a round and the AE tactical was 40 cents a round so i just grabbed the eagle.

BKC1869  [Member]
4/18/2008 8:30:42 AM EDT
My Bushy likes Win. Q3131 and when it's on a diet I feed it Rem UMC .223. It likes both.
YZ250Rider  [Member]
4/18/2008 12:00:27 PM EDT
Mine really likes the Federal XM193, Black Hills is pretty good too. I don't think that the money saved with Wolf is worth it for me, but I might shoot a little bit of it, just to see if my AR will eat it.
50calRay  [Member]
4/18/2008 9:22:19 PM EDT
What ever it wants to eat
Backwoods_556  [Member]
4/18/2008 10:57:06 PM EDT
Mine eats a lot of Federal American Eagle red box and Rem UMC.

No problems with either.
rem_700vs  [Team Member]
4/19/2008 6:56:10 AM EDT
Most of the time theres "no better brand" of ammo or this ammo is better than this ammo. It all depends on what you want to do with it as others have posted. If your just out plinking, whatever is cheapest and reliable is the way to go in my mind: Wolf, Privi, XM193/855, Winchester, Black Hills, AE, etc. When I'm just out shooting for fun at steel or bottles I just need decent accuracy and consistency so no need for something expensive.

Now if your wanting to go for accuracy, tight groups, long range, or something to that effect then you probly should avoid all the "cheap" FMJ ammo and look into some match HP or soft point ammo such as Black Hills, Federal/Remington/Winchester match type ammo, Privi Match, etc. You want this "better" ammo cause its more consistent and uses "better" components so to speak to get you the accuracy you want.

Now if you wanting to go hunting then you look at another type of ammo like varmint type bullets or soft point........

If you want to get self defense ammo look into soft point or heavier HP ammo like Hornady TAP, Black Hills, Speer Gold Dot?, etc........

It all depends what you want to do with your ammo. I shoot mainly wolf for factory ammo since its cheap and reliable and been doing mainly plinking lately. If I want to shoot for more accuracy I use my reloads or Black Hills. This is my view on "what ammo is better"
leetninja  [Member]
4/19/2008 9:27:18 AM EDT
thanks guys for all the help :) i think i have a pretty good idea of what to look for now for everything - thanks again :)
Zhukov  [Moderator]
4/19/2008 9:34:18 AM EDT
Ammo FAQ, entry #1.
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