What is the best but most economical .223 ammo to shoot?


January 24, 2010, 05:31 PM
I am going to have my S&W M&P 15 in a couple weeks but i am confused on which ammo to buy.

What is the best ammo to buy that is not too dirty but really economical and shoots good??

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Larry Ashcraft
January 24, 2010, 05:39 PM
I've been picking up Federal 100 packs at WalMart when they have them, which is fairly often anymore. $39.95/100, and you really can't go wrong with Federal, IME.

January 24, 2010, 05:40 PM
Best and most economical is the stuff you handload for yourself.

January 24, 2010, 05:52 PM
I just got some Tula 223 from cabelas that was not to expensive. somthing like 160 rounds for $50 after shipping. I think it was a sale though. Just keep an eye out for the sales.

January 24, 2010, 05:55 PM
Get into handloading. The .223 is an easy round to load.

January 24, 2010, 06:29 PM
well i rather not handload....my friend had bought 100 rounds of federal ammo at walmart which i am going to do but is silver bear or PMC a really good amm as well?

Hank Zudd
January 24, 2010, 06:38 PM
I'm reloading 55gr FMJ remmy boolits in front of H335 in my reused/found/begged cases on Lee gear for .17 cents per round; that's how you shoot ALOT cheaply.

You can get a good basic reloading bench setup with this gear for less than $150 that will load accurate ammo & keep you busy watching yer nightly shows, and it'll all fit in a closet or on a small table. Most of the work is in case prep;

just cause ammo is easy to get again now, don't get lulled into a sense of comfort.
If you can have 3x the quantity of ammo reloading vs. buying, and hoping you can still get
what you need the next time the panic starts, then don't be bitc#in about paying
.60-.70 cents for stuff you're buying today for 30-40 cents (that's IF you can find any). A gun without ammo makes a bad club-
(except a Garand)

January 24, 2010, 06:40 PM
yes but i dont want to get into shooting reloaded rounds. or get into that process anyways

January 24, 2010, 06:54 PM
and i also do not know how to reload so thats why i would rather not do it and take the chance....but i dont mind spending the money but i would like good ammo for a fair price not like hornandy thats like 30 bucks a box which is redic

January 24, 2010, 07:08 PM
I have to second Larry with the 100rnd bulk packs, as well as the Winchester white box; and for cheap non-reloadable ammo: Gold/Silver/Brown Bear. PMC is good stuff as well, but if you aren't reloading (or planning to) Bear is the way to go IMO.


January 24, 2010, 07:50 PM
i mostly shoot PMC bronze $320 per 1000 i've shot silver bear some not the most accurate but it functions fine

January 24, 2010, 07:59 PM
000, where did you get PMC for that price?

January 24, 2010, 08:01 PM
last i bought i got from the armory.com not sure if they still got it for that price but i'll go check

January 24, 2010, 08:03 PM
Um I sell PMC bronze for $8.99/20rds that equals .45 cents per round, that should be about the going price for PMC. Which is pretty good ammo for the price.

January 24, 2010, 08:04 PM
they have it for $329

Erik M
January 24, 2010, 08:17 PM
Natches Shooters Supply has been selling Federal 30 round boxes of 5.56 for 10.99.

January 24, 2010, 09:28 PM
Right now Dicks has XM193 Federal 200/$89

XM193 is great.

January 24, 2010, 09:35 PM
Midway has some Prvi Partisan @ $9/20, $12 for their 75 match grade that I like. Aim has it even cheaper. Don't be put off by Prvi's lack of vowels, it's good stuff.

January 24, 2010, 09:46 PM
Prvi is great stuff....also check out the Georgia Arms website re shipping and availability

Welding Rod
January 24, 2010, 10:18 PM
"Best" is a broad term.

If by "best" you mean premium ammo for a comparatively reasonable price, I would look to Hornady.

They make some real good ammo in $1 per shot range.

January 24, 2010, 10:35 PM
Im pretty sure that 'best' and 'most economical' are mutually exclusive when referring to factory loaded centerfire rifle ammo. Sorry, I know thats not much help :P

That said, I will also add in that the Federal bulk packs (100rds) will satisfy most if not all but the most demanding of shooters.

rust collector
January 24, 2010, 10:36 PM
Best and most economical don't usually live in the same sentence.

Black Hills new or reman is pretty tough to beat for quality, and price is reasonable, but you can always find cheaper, especially by sending US$ to former soviet bloc countries.

January 24, 2010, 11:02 PM
ammunitiontogo.com has silver bear for basically 25 cents a round right now, just saw it at the gunshow in Houston, i think it is either 250 rounds or 500 rounds, or 1000, can't remember which, just email them. Silver bear is quite good, and is the only steel case ammo I would run through an ar , since it is
zinc coated.

The Tula t/c ammo mentioned above is a great price as well, for a great
perfoming ammo, but if it is steel cased and lacquered, I don't remember if
it is or not, then I would not use it in an ar, but I remember using it in a bolt

January 24, 2010, 11:03 PM
as stated before the only way to get top quality at a reasonable price is too reload

January 24, 2010, 11:08 PM
as stated before the only way to get top quality at a reasonable price is too reloadIME you can't save all that much reloading .223 unless you are looking for match grade precision or something unique. When I load plinking rounds I get pretty close to breaking even (I use LC/Win./Fed. cases + Hornady 55gr. FMJ + Varget). Perhaps I am doing something wrong... http://forums.nitroexpress.com/images/graemlins/smilies/general/dunno.gif

January 24, 2010, 11:16 PM
maverick i get my brass and 55gr fmj from top brass/ using IMR3031+ order in bulk i do save a good bit and get better quality ammo

January 24, 2010, 11:21 PM
Thanks for the information, I will have to check into that. http://forums.nitroexpress.com/images/graemlins/smilies/general/xyxthumbs.gif

January 24, 2010, 11:26 PM
Thanks 000. I just looked and TMJ Trading has it for $305 for 1k.

I don't understand why people buy ammo from our enemy, the Russians.

January 24, 2010, 11:51 PM
i am not crazy about russian ammo either/no offense but i bet u buy ALLOT of everyday things that are made in red CHINA

January 24, 2010, 11:54 PM
Sorry, but you would be mistaken. I take great pains to verify where the products are from. I also do not support anything from Mexico.

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