Warning

 

Close

Confirm Action

Are you sure you wish to do this?

Confirm Cancel
PSA
Member Login

Site Notices
Posted: 1/3/2005 9:47:47 AM EDT
im trying to buy a upper assembly for my lower assembly and theres two kinds of uppers and i dont know which to pick, i'd have to buy the upper in .223 caliber or 5.56 mm. what is the difference in those cailbers and why do they ask me i want the .223 cal upper or the 5.56mm upper?? i always thought they were the same bullet. need help , thanks.
Link Posted: 1/3/2005 9:58:32 AM EDT
5.56 is hotter then .223- that's a high level overview.  
Link Posted: 1/3/2005 10:19:44 AM EDT
[Last Edit: 1/3/2005 10:20:16 AM EDT by HardShell]
Link Posted: 1/3/2005 8:33:21 PM EDT
You want the 5.56 Upper Chome-lined.

Please review the FAQ topics tacked at the top of the forum.
Link Posted: 1/9/2005 8:25:03 AM EDT
NOTHING..........

THE SAME...................................
Link Posted: 1/9/2005 8:57:43 AM EDT

Originally Posted By NM-AR15:
You want the 5.56 Upper Chome-lined.



No, not necessarily.  Chrome lining is nice, but unnecessary for most civilian applications; and downright undesireable for others.
Link Posted: 1/9/2005 10:28:26 AM EDT
[Last Edit: 1/9/2005 10:30:34 AM EDT by JoeInCT]
When buying an AR-15 barrel, the only difference between 5.56mm and .223 Rem is in the CHAMBER specification. 5.56mm and .223 Rem bullets are both .223 caliber.

A .223 cartridge and a 5.56 cartridge are externally dimensionally the same. BALLISTICALLY they are different. 5.56 military loads are typically for higher muzzle velocities (MV), while a .223 Rem load conforms to SAAMI specifications.

The higher 5.56 MV requires a hotter powder load, and to avoid excessive chamber pressures, 5.56 chambers have a tad more expansion room at the shoulder and neck of the chamber, and there is also a bit more unrifled barrel area just ahead of the chamber, called the leade, in an effort to reduce the chance of pressure spike which can result if the bullet is already engaged into the rifling when the round is fired.

Unless you are expecting to use the rifle for match shooting, it is a better deal to get a 5.56 chamber, since it is OK to shoot both 5.56 ammo and commercial .223 ammo in it, whereas conventional wisdom says you should NOT shoot 5.56 ammo in a .223 chamber, for the above-mentioned reasons.

HTH



Link Posted: 1/9/2005 3:13:30 PM EDT

Originally Posted By SWO_daddy:

Originally Posted By NM-AR15:
You want the 5.56 Upper Chome-lined.



No, not necessarily.  Chrome lining is nice, but unnecessary for most civilian applications; and downright undesireable for others.



That typifies the AR-15 rifle in general. Unless this is a dedicated match rifle insist on a chrome-lined barrel. it's a big part of the AR experience.
Top Top