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History of 223 Remington Ammunition
In January 1964, the .223 Remington cartridge was released to the civilian market. In February 1964, the United States Air Force chose the cartridge in the form of 5.56x45mm to be used in their new M-16 rifles. The .223 was marketed to civilians as a rifle cartridge for hunting varmints and predators.
This cartridge with mild recoil would become popular across many different shooting applications and firearms disciplines. Hunters of varmints and predators were the buyers of the .223 Remington. The flat trajectory and reliable accuracy of the cartridge were appreciated by hunters who used it effectively against small vermin and medium size predators like coyotes, out to 300 yards. Some have hunted game as large as deer, but the .223 cannot used for deer hunting in several jurisdictions, as it has been noted that the bullet diameter and muzzle energy are insufficient for harvesting humanely.
The .223 Remington is popular with competitive shooters since it can be fired in Service Rifle and F-Class matches. In these matches, the contest involves shooting at ranges as great as 1,000 yards. 3-gun shooters make the .223 popular, where mild recoil allows for the light rifle with high capacity magazines to be fired for quick and precise shooting.
Many law enforcement agencies have added the .223 Remington to their cache of firearms. It rides along in patrol cars, sometimes replacing a 12 gauge shotgun when longer shots or more precision is needed. Beyond patrol duties, some departments employ the cartridge in urban sniping operations.
The bullet of the .223 Remington is actually 0.224". The bullet weighs between 36 and 77 grains. Muzzle velocities out of a rifle range between 2,700 and 3,700 feet per second, and muzzle energies are between 1,100 and 1,300 foot pounds. The .223 Remington has become one of the most purchased cartridges in the United States, so firearms manufacturers regularly expand and refine the products they have chambered for the .223.
No discussion of this cartridge would be complete without mentioning the AR-15 type rifles that are so popular. Some are chambered for .223 Remington, while others of these rifles are chambered for 5.56x45mm. The two cartridges are not interchangeable. The cases have different dimensions. If a 5.56mm cartridge is fired in a rifle chambered for .223, pressures will result that are dangerously high. Damage to the firearm and/or the shooter can result from these high pressures. However, .223 ammunition can be fired in weapons which have been chambered for the 5.56mm without ill effect.
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- Retired Sarge said:
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- stan said:
"very happy ,with the ammo, no jam ups,carb build up is minor -compare to wolf. price is affordable for the weekend shooter. Quality of the ammo is very very good for the price. also very happy with .ammo.com- getting the order out to me so i can blow up the targets.. i don t like waiting for my ammo- the last place had to wait three weeks,was not happy"
- Joel said:
"This round was very consistent, very clean. I don't think you can do better for price in a brass cased round. Shooting in a Daniel Defense m4v11 they were flawless. Definitely ordering more."
- Shooter magavin said:
"Have bought this ammo a couple of time and could not be happier"
- ammosmurff said:
"I've shot PMC ammo for years on the range, for .223, .45acp & 9mm, never had a misfire or failure to feed on any of my guns. Korean ammo is the only foreign ammo I'll buy!"
- J A said:
"I have not shot any of this ammo as of yet because it is down the line in my rotation. But I was comfortable purchasing PMC ammo as I've never had any bad ammo from the company. The price was right at the time so it was a good buy for me. I look forward to purchasing ammo from your site again, thank you..."
- Dave said:
"Very good ammo for the money! Reliable and accurate. Can't ask for anything more than that. "
- dkmatthews said:
"There's no doubting the quality of PMC Bronze. It's super reliable in every firearm. Thanks for a good deal on the case of ammo."
- chris said:
"I have a remington Model 700sps varmint 223. with a bull barrel, n added a bipod, and a Barska 4-14 x 40 scope. i picked up a fiew boxes of the pmc bronze boat tail ammo in 55 grain simply because they wer only 7.25 for a box of 20. i was realy surprised on how consistant they wer. i placed 18 outa 20 rounds in a 3 inch circle at 150 yds. with a slight breeze. over all im realy pleased with this product, and will continue to use, an recommend this ammo."
- Sharpshooter said:
"I would defiantly recommend this to any AR owner! Clean, Good accuracy , No Misfires, No Fail To Eject, No Fail To Load just keep on shootin worry free! Normally it's a lot cheaper hopefully soon this ammo hording will stop and we can all get the fair market price. "
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- NuSparkey said:
"Nothing like using good ammo to make you feel good about yourself. Pushed it out to 300 meters and anything off target was probably my jittery finger. Cycled well under rapid fire. I like it!"
- Rick said:
"No FTF or FTE's in my Ruger Mini-14"
- Jack said:
"Great ammo and a very reasonable price. Great service."
- skywarrior said:
"Great fun ammo for steel targets."
- TedG said:
"Fired about 100 rounds. No misfeeds, no duds, no significant accuracy loss over green-tips at 100yrds. I did notice that the spent casings actually eject a little differently (more to the rear and in a tighter grouping). This is actually nice for me because, when I fire federals, about 1/2 of the brass flies out the window of my shooting hut while the Wolf "brass" piles up in a neat little spot next to me on the inside of the hut. The price is right - highly recommended for plinking! "
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- Rick said:
"Price was right, delivery was quick, Fed and ejected with no problems."
- Jimbillyjoebob said:
"You have to keep your AR clean no matter what ammo you feed it. I would not use this ammo for hunting if I had better available, but if you're going to be humming through 300+ rounds on an afternoon, it's hard to beat. Very rare misfeeds."
- Earl the Pearl said:
"Never had a problem, fed and fired always."
- Darryl said:
"Wasn't expecting the shipment so fast, fired from my rifles without problem dead on target."
- Medic505 said:
"Shot well from a Bushmaster m-4 and even better from a Savage Mod.10 heavy barrel. Pounding a spray paint can with every shot at 300 yards. Best price I've found for factory loaded rounds. Service was great. Arrived 3 days after order."
- Willy said:
"I have a Colt AR15, SP-1, which was the closest thing I could find to the M-16 I had in Vietnam. I also have a Ruger Mini-14 with a Bushnell red-dot. Both held their groups at 100 yards with this ammo. I shoot 5 shot 3" groups with both guns at that range on a bench without any support but my forearm. I shoot the SP-1 on a sandbag at 200 yards with the same group. The Ruger fall off badly at that range; gun's fault. Your ammo is fine. I can do better on the price but your service is good."
- Rodge said:
"The service was excellent. The performance of the Aguila .223 Rem FMJ ammo is superior to ammo that cost more. It is excellent quality brass and I've not had a single failure to date in over 1250 rounds fired over a three month period."
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- Al said:
"As good as Federal and a lot less expensive.......Federal is supposed to be the Cadilac of ammo.....well, PMC is equal if not as good or even better.....I am a user from now on."
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- Larry N. said:
"First let me start by saying the service I have received from Ammo.com has been EXCELLENT!!! As far as the TulAmmo 223 rem. 55gr FMJ product goes it is very reasonably priced and shoots very good groups out to 200 yds. I will warn anyone using this ammo on a regular basis you will need to clean the chamber of your rifle every 2 to 3 hundred rounds with Acetone. This will breakdown any lacquer buildup and stop any FTE's from happening. I have never had a dud round of Tula (unlike Wolf or Brown Bear) and I shoot alot of this stuff. I read poor reviews on this ammo quite often and it's all due to not cleaning the weapon properly."
- JPM said:
"Great ammo. Bought the 1000 round case, best price on the net. Fired about 200 with no problems, no jams or misfires. Fast shipping and good follow up. I would highly reccomend this ammo and this supplier."
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- CRAIG said:
"GREAT AMMO AND IT SHOOTS VERY GOOD WITH NO MALFUNCTIONS"
- Mac said:
"I put some new sights on a Mini 14 and wanted some inexpensive ammo to do some serious practicing. The Tula is working perfectly for this. Thanks!"
- CEDWCEV said:
"HAD A GOOD TIME AT THE RANGE WITH THIS AMMO. NEVER HAD A FTF."
- ws said:
"Pretty decent ammo for the price."
- Cole said:
"Good ammo. Feeds well in AR-15 and have had no misfires."
- Bill said:
"This is the best ammo for the money, I've purchased the same in another color and paid alot more for it."
- Chris said:
"I shot close to 100 rounds with no problems. Good buy, will get more!"
- Pogo said:
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- USMC1 said:
"I have tried a number of rounds from flat base hollow point to ballistic tip's but I was not satisfied with the results. So, I tried the 69 grain BTHP match, I was very pleased with the results, much more consistent, however purchasing massed produced ammo for accuracy is not the way to go. If you shoot a lot, reloading your own ammo is the best way to ensure that every round is the same. I feel the value of the ammo is about average in cost. What I paid for the 40 rounds from ammo net including shipping I could buy the same at a local store, so not really a savings."
- Willie said:
"Haven't fired any yet."
- Roadkingcsk said:
"Tried shooting this in my Colt. Never had any problems with ammo before. Couldn't get the rounds to cycle. Put some cheap brass loads in and everything was fine. Plastic clips were annoying to get rounds free. Should not have bought as much of it as I did, not sure what the hell to do with it now. "
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- Bob said:
"Ammo fired without any jams, misfires or problems of any type. Ammo feed was smooth and no ejection problems. All spent casings cleared weapon cleanly. "
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- Freddy said:
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- SeniorChief85 said:
"with 223 in high demand, I found this to be the best value around......fired 200 rounds in my S&W AR-15 Sport with no FTF/FTE...all in the black...no fliers. I'll be ordering more from Ammo.com in the future."
- William said:
"I have had a chance to use a few of the rounds, and am happy with the performance. No jams, and true flight."
- Slap said:
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