Ammo for the ar platform.

Ammo for the ar platform.

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    Ammo for the ar platform.

    I just purchased a Anderson ar-15 . Looking for a good all around round. For target plinking and home defense. What does everyone use. Fmj or hp. I'm looking for a good do all round for this rifle. Thanks everyone and stay safe.

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    Any decent AR shoot feed and shoot any commercially produced .223/5.56 (chamber appropriate no 5.56 in .223 marked barrels). My AR's S&W, older Bushmaster, and Stag Arms are not picky eaters and will shoot any commercially produced ammo including steel cased Tula which shoots fine BTW, although it is a bit dirty. For HD the Hornady TAP 62 gr or most any quality major manufacturer with a 62-64 gr hp/sp should do the trick. Good luck!
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    For plinking the American eagle .223 55gr at Wal-Mart is hard to beat coming out to about 37 cents a round. This is brass cased ammo of course. I'm sure you can find steel for cheaper.

    That being said I would run a heaver soft point bullet or JHP for defensive use and you would be served best to zero your rifle for the heavier 62gr or 75gr options. A lot of people shoot m855 62gr green tip ammo and run a 62gr defensive load so There point of impact has minimal shift.

    Speer Gold Dot 62gr is a good option and I have seen some very fair dreals at PSA. The ammo is definitely proven.
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    I shoot Tula pretty much all the time. It's accurate enough to hit 6" plates at 100 yards in 3 gun matches. Hornady tap for hd.

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    Target plinking and defense are two very different scenarios. For the range, a decent FMJ will work great. For defense, I'm partial to 55gr Ballistic Tip varmint rounds, particularly in home defense situations.

    Additionally, what my rifle likes may choke yours.

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    You failed to say what twist your barrel is. In most case a 62 gr is going to cover you very well. 55gr will work but is not really meant for the twist rates you find in most AR's. It was a round for the 1 in 12 20 inch m16.
    If your AR won't fire what ever you put in it get it fixed
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