5.56 Ammo

The mainstay of the US military and many American allies around the globe, the 5.56x45mm NATO cartridge is also widely liked by civilian gun owners for its superb medium-range performance and low recoil. 5.56 NATO ammo is closely associated with the AR-15 platform, and the vast majority of AR-15s are designed to fire both .223 Remington and 5.56 NATO ammunition. Note that not all rifles (especially those that are not AR-15s) chambered in .223 Rem will safely fire 5.56x45 cartridges!

5.56 NATO ammo used at the range mostly comes in two varieties: M193 and M855. M193 is the ""original"" mil-spec 5.56 NATO load and fires a 55 grain full metal jacket bullet at a muzzle velocity of around 3,240 feet per second. M855 ammo is the newer standard; it fires a heavier 62 grain projectile at 3,100 feet per second. Most hollow point and soft point loads used for defense and hunting have similar external ballistics to one of these two range loads; this commonality makes life a lot easier for those who use optics on their rifles!

Some 5.56 NATO ammunition is designated as "Lake City" ammo, meaning it is made at the Lake City Army Ammunition Plant in Independence, Missouri. Ammo from LCAAP is widely sought after due to its consistent quality and military pedigree; it is made by Federal Premium Ammunition, the defense contractor that operates the facility.
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  1. PMC - Full Metal Jacket - 55 Grain 5.56x45mm Ammo - 20 Rounds

    PMC - Full Metal Jacket - 55 Grain 5.56x45mm Ammo - 20 Rounds
    $14.99
    $0.75 per round
  2. PMC - Full Metal Jacket - 62 Grain 5.56x45mm Ammo - 20 Rounds

    PMC - Full Metal Jacket - 62 Grain 5.56x45mm Ammo - 20 Rounds
    $15.75
    $0.79 per round
  3. Hornady - Full Metal Jacket - 62 Grain 5.56x45mm Ammo - 20 Rounds

    Hornady - Full Metal Jacket - 62 Grain 5.56x45mm Ammo - 20 Rounds
    $20.00
    $1.00 per round
  4. Hornady Superformance Match Hollow-Point Boat Tail (HP-BT) 75 Grain 5.56x45mm Ammo - 20 Rounds

    Hornady Superformance Match Hollow-Point Boat Tail (HP-BT) 75 Grain 5.56x45mm Ammo - 20 Rounds
    $26.00
    $1.30 per round
  5. Barnes Precision Match Open Tip Match 69 Grain 5.56x45mm Ammo - 20 Rounds

    Barnes Precision Match Open Tip Match 69 Grain 5.56x45mm Ammo - 20 Rounds
    $27.99
    $1.25 to $1.40 per round
  6. Winchester - Full Metal Jacket M193 - 55 Grain 5.56x45mm Ammo - 125 Rounds

    Winchester - Full Metal Jacket M193 - 55 Grain 5.56x45mm Ammo - 125 Rounds
    $74.99
    $0.60 per round
  7. Barnes - Open Tip Match Boat Tail - 69 Grain 5.56x45mm Ammo - 200 Rounds

    Barnes - Open Tip Match Boat Tail - 69 Grain 5.56x45mm Ammo - 200 Rounds
    $255.00
    $1.28 per round
  8. Winchester - Full Metal Jacket M855 - 62 Grain 5.56x45mm Ammo - 420 Rounds in Ammo Can

    Winchester - Full Metal Jacket M855 - 62 Grain 5.56x45mm Ammo - 420 Rounds in Ammo Can
    $329.99
    $0.79 per round
  9. Hornady - Hollow Point Boat Tail - 75 Grain 5.56x45mm Ammo - 500 Rounds

    Hornady - Hollow Point Boat Tail - 75 Grain 5.56x45mm Ammo - 500 Rounds
    $390.00
    $0.78 per round
  10. PMC - Full Metal Jacket - 55 Grain 5.56x45mm Ammo - 1000 Rounds

    PMC - Full Metal Jacket - 55 Grain 5.56x45mm Ammo - 1000 Rounds

    $490.00

    $429.99

    $0.43 per round
  11. Wolf - Full Metal Jacket - 55 Grain 5.56x45mm Ammo - 1000 Rounds

    Wolf - Full Metal Jacket - 55 Grain 5.56x45mm Ammo - 1000 Rounds
    $429.99
    $0.43 per round
  12. PMC - Full Metal Jacket - 62 Grain 5.56x45mm Ammo - 1000 Rounds

    PMC - Full Metal Jacket - 62 Grain 5.56x45mm Ammo - 1000 Rounds

    $539.99

    $444.99

    $0.44 to $0.45 per round
  13. Winchester - Full Metal Jacket M193 - 55 Grain 5.56x45 Ammo - 1000 Rounds

    Winchester - Full Metal Jacket M193 - 55 Grain 5.56x45 Ammo - 1000 Rounds

    $549.99

    $499.99

    $0.50 per round
  14. Winchester - Full Metal Jacket M855 - 62 Grain 5.56x45mm Ammo - 1000 Rounds

    Winchester - Full Metal Jacket M855 - 62 Grain 5.56x45mm Ammo - 1000 Rounds
    $520.00
    $0.52 per round
  15. Magtech - Full Metal Jacket M193 - 55 Grain 5.56x45mm Ammo - 1000 Rounds

    Magtech - Full Metal Jacket M193 - 55 Grain 5.56x45mm Ammo - 1000 Rounds
    $540.00
    $0.54 per round
  16. Winchester - Full Metal Jacket - 55 Grain 5.56x45mm Ammo - 1000 Rounds

    Winchester - Full Metal Jacket - 55 Grain 5.56x45mm Ammo - 1000 Rounds
    $570.00
    $0.57 per round
  17. Winchester - Full Metal Jacket M855 - 62 Grain 5.56x45mm Ammo - 1000 Rounds

    Winchester - Full Metal Jacket M855 - 62 Grain 5.56x45mm Ammo - 1000 Rounds
    $574.99
    $0.57 to $0.58 per round
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