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Went to the gun show yesterday, and found ammunition availability and pricing was just all over the place. Some were charging ridiculous amounts, especially for .380 acp and 9mm.

I found one vendor who had some Winchester Ranger .223 64gr Power-Point RA223R2, at $15/box of 20. This seemed like a pretty good deal, compared to what else I've been seeing, both in stores and online. I bought all he had (11 boxes -- 220 rounds).

Ballistics look quite good on this particular 64gr soft point load. One chart I've seen online lists just over 3000 fps muzzle velocity. I've always been very pleased with Winchester Ranger ammo in my handguns. I expect this to be of equally high quality for use in my ARs, both for a defensive round, or possibly a hunting round for up to whitetail-size game.

Anyone have any experience with this particular cartidge?
 

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I have a couple buddies that took deer with the standard Winchester 64gr PP last year; they said it worked quite well...

I'd be pretty confident it'd work against 2-legged problems, as well.

Just make sure your AR's like them...sometimes softpoints & AR's don't mix--feed issues.
 

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Some LEO's carry softpoints for there AR / 55gn though ; ) H/D
 

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I usually buy Federal 55gr JHP's for about .28 each. My AR is mostly used for varmint hunting so spending alot on ammo doesnt pay for me. I've heard good things about the Winchester though, its all my buddy's will use. My barrel is 1:9 twist rate and the 55gr bullets are more accurate in this twist of barrel.
 

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Some LEO's carry softpoints for there AR / 55gn though ; ) H/D

Yes, they do; but (hopefully!) they've verified that they work in their AR's; just because a round works great in one rifle is no guarantee that it will work well in the next...

And, fwiw, most of the LEO's with AR's I know are using the 70+grain bullets now...
 

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They have to quallify with what they shoot,& my brother's agency uses 55gn SP Remington ; ) H/D
 

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Thanks for the input.

I think after a checkout at the range and a good review of the zero on my AimPoint, that this will be my primary defensive round, and the one I'll keep in the bugout bag, or for the occasional hunt (although I'm not really much of a hunter any more).

I have a lot of other .223 ammo, both inexpensive practice ammo and more first-rate stuff, but, as I do with my handguns, I like to have a good supply of the best on hand, and I do trust the Winchester Ranger variety.
 

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Thanks for the post. I might have to check this out. I don't have any soft point ammo in .223 currently. I've been into the lighter hollow point stuff for coyotes or other varmints. Interesting. At $15 per box of 20, this doesn't seem too bad compared to what PD pistol ammo is going for. Double what FMJ's are nowadays. I've never really entertained the thoughts specialty ammo for PD in my AR other than the FMJ and HP offerings. Guess I'm still stuck in the military mind where the .223/5.56 is concerned which now seems odd to me since I like to keep plenty of 7.62x39 in soft point ammo. Yep......now I've got some questions to deal with.
 
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