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A .223 question--

Discussion in 'Rifle Discussion' started by mountainman53, Feb 1, 2013.

  1. mountainman53

    mountainman53 Ridgefield Wa Member

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    I've heard that in semi autos that are chambered in .223 will not shoot 5.56mm or visa-versa?
    What about say a Savage Axis or a Marlin X7 bolt action chambered in .223? Will it shoot both or not? What say you?
     
  2. gehrheart

    gehrheart fidalgo island Well-Known Member

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    A barrel chambered for a .223 only shoot .223. Semi-auto or not.

    A barrel chambered for a 5.56 will shoot both, Semi-auto or not.

    Then there is the .223 wylde and will shoot both as well.

    It is STRONGLY recommended you do not shoot 5.56 ammo in a rifle chambered for a .223
     
  3. deadeye

    deadeye Albany,OR. Moderator Staff Member

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    madcratebuilder Ardenwald, OR Well-Known Member

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    The .223 chamber has a shorter leade and may be a problem (on paper) with heavy 5.56 bullets (longer) If you are shooting XM193 either chamber is OK.

    I have not been able to find any documented case of 5.56 in a .223 chamber being a problem and people have been mixing these for years.
     
  5. gehrheart

    gehrheart fidalgo island Well-Known Member

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    I would second that.
    I have never actually seen a gun blown up by mixing them back and forth in a .223 chamber...
    I have seen bolts that were REALLY hard to extract.. but not damaged.
    he above that I posted is just generally the rule of thumb and strongly recommended you don't shoot 5.56 in .233 chambers.

    Those are great reads Deadeye!!
     
  6. mountainman53

    mountainman53 Ridgefield Wa Member

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    Thanks to all for the info. I'm probably not the only one out there who needs to hear this. I guess I won't be buying any cheap millitary surplus ammo to shoot in a bolt gun.
     
  7. Nwcid

    Nwcid Yakima and N of Spokane Well-Known Member

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    ^ Well if you are shooting a bolt gun you are generally looking for more accuracy which is generally defeated by buying cheep military ammo........
     
  8. the4thshake

    the4thshake Portland Active Member

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    Its also rerecommended that you don't shoot handloaded ammo out of most guns. Bullhooey!
     
  9. oknow

    oknow amboy wa. Well-Known Member

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    why would they have 2 sizes if they were the same? pressure maybe!!!
     
  10. EOD

    EOD E. WA Member

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    When you do find that cheap milsurp 5.56, let me know. The unicorn I saw the other day hasn't seen any either. :)