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Old February 19th, 2020, 08:14 AM   #1
 
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AR556 barrel question

Hello everybody
That's my first post do the forum ... and also first rifle in .223. Few months back I've bought AR556 model 8511, from store here in Bulgaria. Read a lot, talk with Ruger owners, that's why I choose that rifle.
But my issuses start now ... here in Bulgaria we have different types of ammo. Some says are good, other not so good ... people talks ...
My english is not so bad ... but as a non - native speaker not soo good and the specific therms are mistery for me
I wasn't able to find info about the barrel of my rifle. Can somebody give me an answer if the barrel is chrome plated or not.?
That's important for me in order to know what kind of ammo need to buy in order to preserve barel live for longer period.
Thank's in advance, any reply will be appretiated



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Old February 19th, 2020, 08:28 AM   #2
 
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no chrome bud any non corrosive ammo will work.
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Old February 19th, 2020, 10:33 AM   #3
 
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What kind of ammo you have as an option?


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Although the barrel is not chrome, it is chambered for 5.56 NATO so you can shoot either 5.56 mm or .223 (non corrosive ammo would be best). You can shoot corrosive ammo but then you need to clean it every time you shoot it.
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As said, avoid ammunition with corrosive primer compounds, or clean the rifle every time after using such ammo.

Any ammunition with a .223 Rem or 5.56 head stamp, or military grade 5.56x45 ammo with a NATO head stamp should be OK.

Russian steel cased ammunition has bimetallic projectile jackets which are basically steel with a thin coating of lead. This type of projectile will create more wear in your barrel, although you would have to shoot thousands and thousands of rounds of such ammo before the difference became apparent. The steel cartridge cases can be a little harder of the extractor as well, and some ARs just don't cycle reliably with steel case ammo.
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Greetings from the States and congrats on your AR 556. I just got mine last night and will be headed out to the range today with it for its first rounds.

I'm not sure what is ammo is available in Bulgaria, but as others mentioning any non corrosive will be fine. I have used both Barnaul and Tula in my Mini-14 and have not had an issue. I assume it will be the same in my AR 556, but will surely repost if I have any issue.
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My english is not so bad ... but as a non - native speaker not so good
Welcome! Your English is much better than my Bulgarian so don't feel bad
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It is hard to clean the AR gas tube. I would not shoot any corrosive ammunition. Steel case is OK to use, but the cheapest brass, non corrosive is my AR ammo choice.
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