223 Ammo

Since its introduction in 1964 the .223 Remington has been popular for several different applications. The US military and many government agencies use this cartridge as their primary rifle ammunition. Hunters have found the .223 an excellent choice for varmint hunting.
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  1. Remington 223 Rem Ammo - 20 Rounds of 55 Grain PSP Ammunition

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    $22.75 Price
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    • 20 Rounds
    • Made by Remington
    • American-made Discount Range
    • $1.14 Cost Per Round
    • Remington SKU R223R1
    • UPC 47700050904
  2. Hornady 223 Rem Ammo - 20 Rounds of 75 Grain HPBT Ammunition

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    $25.00 Price
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    • 20 Rounds
    • Made by Hornady
    • American-made Range
    • $1.25 Cost Per Round
    • Hornady SKU 8026
    • UPC 090255380262
  3. Federal 223 Rem Ammo - 20 Rounds of 64 Grain SP Ammunition

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    $25.00 Price
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    • 20 Rounds
    • Made by Federal
    • American-made Range
    • $1.25 Cost Per Round
    • Federal SKU 223L
    • UPC 0-29465-09504-8
  4. Winchester 223 Rem Ammo - 20 Rounds of 55 Grain PSP Ammunition

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    $25.00 Price
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    • 20 Rounds
    • Made by Winchester
    • American-made Self-Defense
    • $1.25 Cost Per Round
    • Winchester SKU RA223R
    • UPC 020892213333
  5. TulAmmo 223 Rem Ammo - 1000 Rounds of 55 Grain FMJ Ammunition

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    • 1000 Rounds
    • Made by TulAmmo
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    • 32.5¢ Cost Per Round
    • TulAmmo SKU TA223550
    • UPC 814950016154
  6. PMC 5.56x45 Ammo - 1000 Rounds of 55 Grain FMJ Ammunition

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    $525.00 Price
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    • 1000 Rounds
    • Made by PMC
    • Foreign Discount Range
    • 52.5¢ Cost Per Round
    • PMC SKU 5.56X / XP193
    • UPC 20741569010119
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History of 223 Remington Ammunition

The .223 Remington cartridge was introduced to the civilian market in January of 1964. In February of 1964, the United States Air Force adopted the cartridge as the 5.56x45mm for use in their new M-16 rifles. The .223 was the released to the civilian market as a rifle cartridge to be used as a varmint and predator hunting cartridge.

This mild recoiling cartridge would prove popular among several shooting disciplines and firearms applications. Varmint and predator hunters were the initial focus of the .223 Remington. The flat shooting and excellent accuracy of the cartridge were admired by the hunters who found it effective on small vermin up to medium size predators, such as coyote, out to 300 yards. Some hunters use it on game as large as deer, but several jurisdictions do not allow the .223 to be used for deer hunting noting the bullet diameter or muzzle energy are not sufficient for a humane harvest.

The .223 Remington is also popular among competitive shooters as it can be found at Service Rifle and F-Class matches. Here it is used for precision shooting at ranges up to 1000 yards. The .223 is also popular among 3-gun shooters where the mild recoil allows for light rifles with high magazine capacity to be used for fast and accurate shooting.

Law enforcement agencies have also found the .223 Remington to be a valuable addition to their firearms cache. It can be found in patrol cars and used in place of the 12 gauge shotgun when a longer or more precise shot is needed. In addition to patrol duties, some departments have also found it to be useful for urban sniping operations.

The .223 Remington is actually a .224 diameter bullet. Its bullet weights commonly range from 36-77 grains. The muzzle velocities from a rifle span 2700 to 3700 feet per second, with muzzle energies from 1100-1300 foot pounds of energy. Since the .223 Remington is one of the most popular cartridges in America, firearms manufacturers are regularly expanding and refining their products chambered for the .223.

No discussion of this caliber would be complete without a mention of the AR-15 type rifles that are wildly popular. Some of these rifles are chambered for the .223 Remington, while others are chambered for the 5.56x45mm. The two cartridges are not the same. Due to different case dimensions, the 5.56 throat and case are designed in a way that if they are fired in a rifle chambered for .223, it will result in potentially dangerously high pressures. These pressures could damage the firearm and or the shooter. With that being said, the .223 ammunition can be used in firearms chambered for the 5.56mm with no ill effects.

Discuss 223 ammunition by adding your comment to the 6 comments below or by asking a new question

Jim Withrow ( Thu, 15 Nov 2012 00:22:54 +0000 ) : Yes I have use one, but I try yo hold to about 200 yards on our deer in SE Ga. Great Dane is bigger than most deer. If I was to buy another I would get 5.56 so I can shot both ammo.
Kim Shimkus ( Sun, 13 Jan 2013 15:47:29 +0000 ) : yes it will work for deer hunting and very Accurate as well.
Roy Harvill ( Sat, 09 Mar 2013 14:06:00 +0000 ) : The Ruger Mini-14 is the do it all.....(.223 or the 5.56).... Never shot a deer with one, but raised hell with the coyotes & other small "dog" type animals...the 223 round is one very easy for eveyone to play with targets in the 100 to 200 yard range, thanks for the fun......
Anthony A. Fernando ( Sat, 09 Mar 2013 14:41:49 +0000 ) : Too bad the cost of .223 ammo is sky-rocketing!
Juvs Madane ( Thu, 24 Jul 2014 10:31:36 +0000 ) : Too bad the cost of .223 ammo is sky-rocketing!
Roger Clark ( Fri, 19 Dec 2014 17:00:57 +0000 ) : Somebody please help me out. New to the .223 world what is the best bullet weight and bulk ammo combo. to use. Want to stock up in bulk before prices go any higher. Getting new gun for Christmas.
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  • gokart04 said: "Finally got to shoot some of this the other day. Worked well and shot consistant/accurate. No feeding or fire failures out of about 100 rounds in my BCM AR-15. I feel the price is a bit too high at this time. "
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  • Earl the Pearl said: "Never had a problem, fed and fired always."
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