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Posted: 8/23/2006 8:02:05 AM EDT
I want to break in my new AR15 but  I don't have any ammo, so I need to order some.  I've read not to use Wolf for this.  Ammoman.com has XM855PD for $249 for 1,000 rounds or $449 for 2,000.  Would this ammo be suitable?
Link Posted: 8/23/2006 8:09:53 AM EDT
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Based on much of the feedback here, i'd avoid the XM855PD.

If your AR has a chrome-lined chamber and bore, you have many more options regarding ammo.

I personally would be fine using M193 Wolf brass cased 55gr FMJ for break in.

Ammoman has it.

HS1
Link Posted: 8/23/2006 8:13:54 AM EDT
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Don't used PD anything for break-in.
Regular XM855 or XM193 is good if you can get it. You can use WWB FMJ or Remington greenbox  $3.97/20 rounds at wally world. You want good ammo to eastablish a working baseline for break-in.  Avoid SB, too copper plated steel bullet casing, not a true copper jacket unless they have changes. RG is OK too, maybe underpowered but will work in a 20".

Avoid any Wolf for break-in as it may short stroke or stick in the chamber, and you want to know if your weapon is working, so don't want the ammo to be an issue. AFter you have a wroking baseline, your call. Use good mags too, USGI or Colt. Mags a big source of FTF stoppages.


ETA I have not played with Wolf Brass cases, talking about the steel.
Link Posted: 8/23/2006 8:23:05 AM EDT
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The price of the XM855PD is too much to justify the hassle in dealing with it anyway. I bought my case two years ago for around $170, and I thought that was too much considering the detailed inspection that I gave every single round.

I'm not one to believe in ritualistic barrel break-in procedures, so all I do is make sure the chamber and bore are nice and clean to begin with, then shoot a few mags of some decent ammo such as American Eagle 55 grain, or the better stuff such as Winchester Q3131 or Federal XM193. I would rather spend my time shooting instead of shooting once or twice then cleaning, shooting, cleaning, etc., etc.
Link Posted: 8/23/2006 9:25:50 AM EDT
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Also you neglected to say if it is a chrome lined or unlined moly bore. A chrome-lined bore really needs no break-in.
Link Posted: 8/23/2006 10:57:58 AM EDT
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Link Posted: 8/23/2006 11:06:53 AM EDT
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I want to break in my new AR15 but  I don't have any ammo, so I need to order some.  I've read not to use Wolf for this.  Ammoman.com has XM855PD for $249 for 1,000 rounds or $449 for 2,000.  Would this ammo be suitable?


What kind of barrel is it?  Will you be shooting match ammo only through it?  Are you looking for a theoretical improvement in groups, sub 1/2MOA ?

Most AR's, when used as a typical plinker, or if chrome lined, require no break-in.  Wolf ammo is just fine for starting out.

If this was a stainless match barrel, and you planned to only shoot match ammo, and really strive for sub-MOA groups all the time... then you might consider breaking in the barrel.  In that case, I would use something not as hot as NATO spec ammo, like Black Hills match.


I didn't think a SS barrel needed break-in.
Link Posted: 8/23/2006 11:15:46 AM EDT
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Sorry, forgot to say in my original post:

It's a Sabre Defence Industries midlength upper, 1:7 twist, 16" barrel on a Stag Arms lower.  I'm not trying to make it into a match rifle or anything like that, just a fun range toy/conflict resolution tool.
Link Posted: 8/23/2006 11:22:08 AM EDT
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Link Posted: 8/23/2006 11:23:35 AM EDT
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Link Posted: 8/23/2006 1:34:10 PM EDT
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What kind of ammo should I purchase for my 20" stainless match barrel 1/8 twist? I've been looking at a 500 rd case of new Winchester M855 62gr penetrator. Would this be a good first batch of ammo to shoot through my unfired precision rifle?
Link Posted: 8/23/2006 1:57:25 PM EDT
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What kind of ammo should I purchase for my 20" stainless match barrel 1/8 twist? I've been looking at a 500 rd case of new Winchester M855 62gr penetrator. Would this be a good first batch of ammo to shoot through my unfired precision rifle?



It would be fine.
Link Posted: 8/23/2006 2:24:25 PM EDT
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What kind of ammo should I purchase for my 20" stainless match barrel 1/8 twist? I've been looking at a 500 rd case of new Winchester M855 62gr penetrator. Would this be a good first batch of ammo to shoot through my unfired precision rifle?



It would be fine.

Looking to get sub MOA groups at 200yds when I get my optic, so aside from good shooting techniques... any suggestions for ammo choices, break-in procedures, or cleaning procedures?

P.s. And fwiw, I dont mean to hijack the thread, sorry. I felt my questions would be relevant
Link Posted: 8/23/2006 7:59:55 PM EDT
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