History of 5.56x45mm Ammunition
Developed in the late 1950s and early 1960s after extensive research into small caliber, high-velocity (SCHV) projectiles, 5.56x45 has become one of the world's most popular centerfire cartridges. It is used by police and military agencies around the globe, as well as a growing number of private citizens in the United States. Its sister cartridge the .223 Remington was inspired by the 5.56x45 and can be used in rifles chambered for the 5.56.
The first 5.56x45 loads featured 55 grain full metal jacket bullets at over 3200 feet per second out of the barrel of the then-new AR-15 rifle, which later became the M16. Since that time, a number of other projectiles have been used, including the steel penetrator tip M855 and barrier-blind Mk318, both of which are 62gr bullets. Also, Sierra MatchKing 77gr BTHP, or OTM, bullets are used in the Mk262 precision marksman ammunition.
Due to its worldwide popularity, the 5.56x45 cartridge has been used by a number of firearm manufacturers. Colt, Armalite and Bushmaster, as well as many others, have produced semi-automatic and automatic rifles chambered in 5.56x45.
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- twolazy said: "I have not shot any of this batch or the batch prior, I haven’t even opened the boxes. I’m in high hopes I never have to open these boxes. I’ve used Federal 5.56 before and it is good stuff. Price is stiff, not as stiff as some I’ve seen. But then everything gun related is more expensive, isn’t it. Get it while the getting is good."
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- Runner said: "PMC is a very reliable ammunition , I would not hesitate to use if for self defense. It shot well and now that I have shot it and used it all, I`ll need to order more. BTW , I use PMC in my handgun for home protection and it is as good as it gets and the 5.56x45 is as great . "
- MM said: "I shot about 200 rounds through my brand new SIG716. The very first 3-4 rounds wouldn't feed perfectly, but I attribute this to the brand spanking new equipment. After that, rifle and ammo performed flawlessly. Not a single issue with feeding, cycling, firing, etc. At 150 yards, I had all shots within about 2-3 inches using a cheap scope and no rest. Great product and especially GREAT SERVICE! Thank you guys!!!"
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- CowwFace said: "I got this for taking to the range, went through about 100 rounds and zero duds. works perfectly in 2 AR's. We were using Red-Dot scopes, and hit what we were aiming at about 100 yrds away. I would highly recommend this ammo."
- 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. "
- J.W. said: "These were the first rounds shot through my ar. I have no complaints, it cycles fine even through rapid firing. I would definitely buy these again."
- H.D. said: "Works great, cycles fine, glad I found your sight."
- Pat said: "This is excellent ammo. Velocity is up there, at least in my 20" barrel DTI ar 15. Kinda lucky to buy this cheap ammo and get it to shoot the way this stuff did. I love being able to buy metal cases as well as brass cases. The metal are non-reloadable and it's nice to just shoot these and not worry about looking after shooting. I worry about the future of buying ammo over the 'net in the future. Here in Illinois our great governor Quinn moves on every front to close the avenues to get ammo. Good Shooting to All "
- GearheadTony said: "I have tried several more expensive brands of 5.56 and .223, but none of them can match the performance per dollar of PRVI. This is now the only ammo I use in my AR. As for Lewmed's review above, my 16" AR with my not-so-steady trigger finger are able to make 2MOA groups at 100 yards. 4 to 5 inches?!?! Not in my rifle."
- Lewmed said: " This is nice clean ammo that shoots and works in all 3 of my AR'S but it is not as accurate as mil. spec. ammo like lake city M193 My normal 21/2" 100 yard groups open up to 4 to 5" I'll use it for 50 yard range ammo."
- Dorothy said: "Thought it wouldn't hurt to give it a shot. I was right."
- murdock said: "62 grain shoots just fine. no jams. but that old vietnam ak will fire, even when dropped in mud, and water. thanks Im just glad you had the ammo, and the price was right."
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- Bill said: "I have tried different ammo with Sig 556. Its eats everything but I find Lake City 5.56 62gr --- No failures, Accurate @ 100 to 300 yards ( my club limits ) I have the feeling of complete depenability."
- Russ said: "This is great ammo for the hybrid AR's.The brass is good for reloading and the 62 grain bullets stabilize well. Russ"
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- Michael said: "This 5.56 ammo was just what my AR needed."
- Nate said: "The ammo itself LOOKS beautiful compared to Lake City penetrators but I have not shot it yet so I can't comment on that. I paid more per round, but that is just the market, not Ammo.net."
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- Bobber1123 said: "Love the stripper clips. I think it took just 2 days to arrive. The price was excellent. "
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