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Posted: 8/21/2003 4:01:30 PM EDT
[Last Edit: 8/21/2003 4:02:35 PM EDT by Cyndane]
I bought my first rifle about 2 weeks ago- a Bushmaster XM15 E2S.

When I purchased the rifle and up until an hour or so ago I though that 5.56 & .223 were the same round and were interchangable in use.
Well I just finished reading a ammo FAQ, and it indicated that ar's have different barrels/chambers for .223 & 5.56 NATO. I checked my barrel and it says 5.56 NATO on it.

I've put about half and half .223 & 5.56 though my gun(but less than 1k total rounds so far...).

So my question(s) is 1) Have I or will I do any harm to my carbine in using .223? 2) Should I make sure to buy only 5.56?

thx
Link Posted: 8/21/2003 4:10:30 PM EDT
[Last Edit: 8/21/2003 4:34:22 PM EDT by STANMAN]
5.56 has higher chamber pressure than .223, so you can go to .223 in a 5.56 chamber, but not the other way around. So feel free to shoot .223 in your 5.56 chamber to your heart's content.
Link Posted: 8/21/2003 4:10:55 PM EDT
5.56mm chamber = {OK} 5.56mm and .223 cal .223cal Chamber = {OK} .223 cal {BAD} 5.56mm
Link Posted: 8/21/2003 4:43:43 PM EDT
great thanks
Link Posted: 8/21/2003 6:39:36 PM EDT
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