Alright I have to come clean. After years of buddies ribbing me about never owning a AR platform rifle I purchased a lower receiver and started to asm a 5.56. What wisdom can you guys share? I bought a upper with a Black Hole heavy SS barrel. length is 16. where do I start with loads and what grain weights would you recommend. My intend is just general blinking and shooting vermit--Coyotes and Bobcats.
I believe that a bore guide and a coated cleaning rod is the best way to maintain the bore in good shape. I have been using Gunslick Foaming Bore Cleaner lately on my various bolt and AR rifles and have been very pleased with the results.
As for bullets I shoot anything from 40's to 55's with VMAX and Noslers getting the nod. I'm shooting PD mostly but every once in a while I'll slip those little boys in to an IPSC style match as my rifle shoots them so well and ranges are usually less than 400 yards.
Last Edit: May 23, 2011 9:16:52 GMT -8 by GLSHOOTER
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Post by deaddogwalkin on Apr 30, 2011 7:19:01 GMT -8
I have had very great luck with 55gr NBT or the 60gr v-maxes. I didn't get that good of groups with the 55gr v-maxes. I shoot h335 with the 55gr and imr3031 with the 60gr. Make sure you take the bcg apart and clean it then lube it. Get a bore guide and a good cleaning rod. Don't rely on boresnakes to clean the barrel.
I have purchased a Barrel from Black Hole that I'm waiting to get my hands on.. I ordered a 264 LBC so I can shoot 6.5 Grendel ammo or the LBC. Its great for short or long range and this barrel is going to make thiis build Gold Class.... Thats my 2 cents worth.. ;D
I would like to buy an Internally Railed Upper, used would be fine.
Post by thesilent1 on Jun 11, 2011 23:37:30 GMT -8
If you have a fast twist barrel, the heavier bullets usually work better. I'd also consider your barrel length, given that a longer barrel = higher velocity, which can improve bullet performance with the heavier (+69 gr) bullets. What range are you going to shoot?
Neither 'yotes or'b'cats need deep penetration bullets. You probably need fast expanding "varmit" type bullets, and I've had good luck with both Hornady and Sierra bullets (accurate and reliable performance). I'd start with 55 gr, bullets which are the most common, and come in soft point, polymer tipped or hollow point for hunting and soft point or fmj for plinking. If you want something heavier, Sierra makes a nice 65 gr BTSP that performs well at medium and high velocities.
As far as upkeep, I'd use only good quality magazines. Test some different ones for reliability-I've had great luck with MagPul and Lancer, and GI mags with magpul replacement followers. Keep the receiver and BCG clean and well oiled. Good luck with your new rifle!
Post by blackjack308 on Nov 10, 2011 13:26:16 GMT -8
My favorite powder for the 55 gr. class of bullets is Hodgden Benchmark. It is very clean burning, soft shooting, and flows very smoothly into the case. For general range use, a Winchester 55 gr. cannelured FMJ boattail on25 gr of Benchmark with a CCI 400 primer and Lake City brass shoots very well from my 16" and 20" rifles.
Ive had good luck with 55gr Sierra Blitzking's. I normally use Hodgdon powders however, Ramshot is winning me over for most of my rifle loads. X-Terminator and Tac are now my 2 default powders for .223 and .308.
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