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Posted: 10/30/2003 5:28:02 PM EDT
I was reading Rifle Shooter and somebody wrote in that their armalite had troubles eating 5.56 nato ammo; I saw on the arf.com ar15 comparison chart that armalite has a ".223/5.56" chamber. So my question is- does this pose a problem for eating 5.56 ammo? I've never had a problem with mine, but i havn't put that much ammo through it either.
Link Posted: 10/30/2003 6:27:16 PM EDT
Never had any ammo problems with any of my ArmaLite rifles, four are older with the 'match' chamber. My ArmaLite AR's with the most rounds through them are 2 M4C's purchased in '98, both with the tighter chamber and chrome lined barrels... each has had over 11k rounds through them... Q3131a, LC, and Wolf, never had any failures whatsoever. All of my ArmaLite's will eat Wolf all day long... You see numerous complaints of ammo problems but the reality is poor maintenance of the AR is usually the real problem...
Link Posted: 10/30/2003 6:29:28 PM EDT
Thanks for the reply DarkStar!
Link Posted: 10/30/2003 6:44:35 PM EDT
My Armalite M15A2 20" eats everything I feed it, never a problem.
Link Posted: 10/30/2003 7:15:28 PM EDT
I have a M15A2 20" with the .223 chamber. I've probably had 10 FTE out of a 1000 rds with South African ammo. Closing the bolt on the empty casing won't grab it and yank it out. I always cerry a cleaning rod with that rifle.
Link Posted: 10/30/2003 7:44:26 PM EDT
ive read that a letter designation is stamped into the barrel just forward the chamber under the handguards that denote a match chamber a couple of my buddies have armalites a carbine and full size. The fullsize has allen screws on the bottom of the front sight housing and you cant even extract a chambered round of 5.56 by hand without a lot of force.His rifle has an "N" stamped in the barrel.My other friends rifle has his housing pinned like normal and no stamping on the barrel and it will chamber 5.56 and match ammo with no problem.
Link Posted: 10/30/2003 8:06:48 PM EDT
I gone thru about 4000 rds of surplus M193 ammo, mostly LC and TW without a hitch in my M15a2.
Link Posted: 10/31/2003 12:52:52 AM EDT
Armalite switched over from .223 to 5.56 chamberings for most of their AR’s a couple of years ago. About four years ago, I bought a .223 Armalite and had frequent problems with mil-spec ammo, generally either blown primers or a round stuck in the chamber. However, the same ammo was no problem in a Colt 5.56 chamber (excluding what was apparently a bad lot of 1999 Q3131 ammo). This year I finally replaced the above .223 barrel with a 5.56 Armalite barrel and haven’t had a single problem since then. In my experience, at least, there is a definite difference.
Link Posted: 10/31/2003 1:52:53 AM EDT
Thanks for the input, guys. I got my armalite brand new about a year and a half ago, so it should be alright.
Link Posted: 10/31/2003 6:04:58 AM EDT
My Armalite AR15 will "eat" all brassed cased ammo except Olympic. Loves PMC-my favorite plinking/blasting. Wont shoot any Wolf but loves Silver Bear. It is SAMMI chambered not military. Have shot Fed. Win. S&B Rem. etc. in it. The Olympic was awful and gave 200 rounds to friend with Bushy who had same problems!!! Forgot it loves IMI M855 my badtimes ammo.
Link Posted: 10/31/2003 7:15:51 AM EDT
[Last Edit: 10/31/2003 7:16:27 AM EDT by 5subslr5]
Originally Posted By 199: Armalite switched over from .223 to 5.56 chamberings for most of their AR’s a couple of years ago.
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I believe ArmaLite moved to Wylde(sp?) chambering a couple of years ago. Good for 5.56 and .223. 5sub
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