December 20th, 2016, 05:22 PM
Join Date: Sep 2014
Originally Posted by NATOBTHP
The 5.56 is practical accurate to around 600 yards. It's affective to about 300 yards and that's pushing it. The Special Ops guys in Afghanistan found they were getting hits at 300 yards but not always bring them down. They then had 77 grain bullets loaded up in the states and sent over. They started getting good take down hits at 300. I loaded up of the same spec rounds and found the recoil a bit heavier and target impact greater. I fired them through my 16" barrel M4 type.
For all intents the 5.56 is a 300 yard round.
Well, that's not exactly true. I certainly agree that the M885 cartridge is severely limited beyond 300m. However, the Mk 262 (77 grain BTHP) cartridge will repeatedly hit an E type target at 800m. Service rifle competitors use that same cartridge out to 600 yds and have posted impressive scores. I still like 7.62 rifles a great deal but 5.56 rifles are no longer limited in range as they once were. Ammunition development played a huge part in increasing the effectiveness of 5.56mm rifles. By the way, one of my old friends told me some years ago that when it came to service rifle competition, you either shot an AR type rifle or you got beat with one. Rick