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Old January 7th, 2017, 06:26 AM   #16
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Welcome to the RF, from the swamp north of

The Swamp.

IMO, your pistol is probably more impressive than

your rifle. Less is more. Put on what you really need,

and keep it light. Build it for a dedicated purpose, and

embrace it's inherent mobility. My best is a varmint gun

which can take down coyotes to 300 yards. The other

is a CAR-15 emulation, and lets just say it's " minute of man"

accurate, and leave it at that.

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Old January 7th, 2017, 07:02 AM   #17
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Originally Posted by jstanfield103 View Post
i enjoy my ar-556. I used mine as a learning tool. I have never wanted or been interested in the ar platform. I really only bought mine because of hillary running for pres. And the potential ban. So i have never handled one before. I bought the ar-556 and started reading and changing parts to get the rifle the way i wanted it. So far i have changed everything except the barrel and the bolt carrier group. I've put a lot of money into it, it would have been cheaper just to have bought an ar with what i was wanting with everything already installed. But that is how i learned about the way it was built and how it works. You will probably do the same thing.

I love my ar-556 and enjoyed the journey to get the way i like it. Enjoy yours and welcome to the forum.
this!!! +1

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Old January 7th, 2017, 07:38 AM   #18
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Hello Ruger Forum!

I just signed up and am new to this thread. I have been reading this forum for a couple years now and nothing but good things to say.

I am a bit of an AR-556 "noob" myself. I bought mine last winter when I started to realize the yotes were wreaking havoc on Iowa's pheasant population (I have seen three hens and one rooster in the last year). My question is if it is possible to swap the Ruger's buffer tube system out and replace it with a rifle length buffer tube (mil-spec of course) and add a Magpul fixed stock or an A2 M16 style butt stock? I've also considered adding a recoil pad to the current collapsible Magpul I have just for extra length. Long arms are heck on carbine length rifles.

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Old January 7th, 2017, 08:56 AM   #19
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Thus far, I have shot mostly factory brass-cased ammo through my AR 556 in either .223 Remington or 5.56 x 45, all FMJ.

I tend to buy the brass-cased ammo I can find most cheaply which is most often Federal American Eagle .223 55 grain, American Eagle XM 193 55 grain, or XM 855 62 grain "green tips". Note that the XM 855 ammo has a lead core and steel tip and a lot of indoor ranges won't allow them.

I have shot some IMI M 855 ammo and some PMC M 193 ammo. I put a few boxes of Russian steel-cased ammo through it as well. I have had no problems cycling any of the ammo, including the Russian stuff.

There are varying opinions regarding steel-cased ammo. Many feel that a steady diet of it will reduce barrel life, although by the time you shoot out your barrel you might have saved enough in ammunition expenses to buy a new one. Some feel that the polymer-coated steel case stuff is OK but lacquer-coated steel-case should be avoided because the lacquer cooks off and cruds up the chamber. And I have heard others say that is BS.
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Old January 8th, 2017, 08:46 AM   #20
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Most people find that the AR-556 will eat just about anything you feed it. However, some people, myself included, suggest you start with brass cased ammo first. Maybe the first 1000 rounds or so before using steel cased.
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