5.56 ammo question

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On one of my ARs I have a scope and enjoy shooting at ranges from 100-300+ yards. I've been looking around for ammo that isn't 1$ a shot but is still pretty accurate. I mainly shoot American eagle 5.56 that I buy in bulk but even at 100 yards my groupings are upwards of 5 inches.

My question is does anyone know of a type of ammo(223 or 5.56) that is more accurate but not super expensive? Shooting ammo that cost about a buck a piece through a semi automatic rifle can get expensive. Especially when you have a very happy trigger finger like I do
 
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My ar hates pretty much any really cheap ammo, but I found that the Remington psp shoots really good. It's a little more to shoot than independence, or wolf but my gun loves it.
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5" groups at 100 yds? I'd start with having a smith look at the gun for any anomalies before you drive yourself nuts for the ammo.
 
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5" groups at 100 yds? I'd start with having a smith look at the gun for any anomalies before you drive yourself nuts for the ammo.

It's more of a 2 inch group with a few strays. The American eagle ammo is pretty decent just not 100% accurate. I've used better ammo and was able to have a 1 inch group but it was over a buck a round. I am just trying to find some ammo that is a little better than bulk ammo but won't burn a hole in my wallet.
 
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Hornady makes some decent ammo that's about 50 cents per round. Very accurate out of my friend's AR.
 
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Try unammo.com or sgammo.com They are the best that I can find that actually have a few bulk options in stock at all times.
 
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Try unammo.com or sgammo.com They are the best that I can find that actually have a few bulk options in stock at all times.
I go to UN Ammo every time we're visiting the in-laws in Phoenix. Cool little shop.
 
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Is this nug chambered for .223 or 5.56...?

You can probably shoot .223 in a 5.56....but not vice versa. The 5.56 is a higher pressure load. That may be your problem if it's a .223 chamber.
 
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Go online and check some load data info pressures for both 556 and 223. Might also check bullet weight and barrel twist rate while you're there.
 
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What are you shooting 55gr. - 62gr. What twist rate is your barrel? $1 a round is not a bulk ammo price you should be able find Federal 556 a lot cheaper for .35 - .40 or less a round.
 
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As you can tell from the responses, there is alot more than ammo that accounts for your rifle's accuracy. To add to the list of contributing factors, consistency of the powder charge in the ammo, seating depth of the bullet and jump distance tip the rifling, barrel length, barrel contour/thickness in relation to harmonic vibration, twist rate vs. projectile weight, ballistics of the projectile.

You might be able to find ammo in bulk that happens to marry well with your rig, but there is usually a sharp growth in cost required as you try to approach 1/2 moa accuracy.
 
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On one of my ARs I have a scope and enjoy shooting at ranges from 100-300+ yards. I've been looking around for ammo that isn't 1$ a shot but is still pretty accurate. I mainly shoot American eagle 5.56 that I buy in bulk but even at 100 yards my groupings are upwards of 5 inches.

My question is does anyone know of a type of ammo(223 or 5.56) that is more accurate but not super expensive? Shooting ammo that cost about a buck a piece through a semi automatic rifle can get expensive. Especially when you have a very happy trigger finger like I do
For target practice cheap ammo is fine as long as your gun likes it. Just try multiple brands until you find one your gun likes. The gun made immediately after yours may like something different, what we are using may or may not work for you. As others have said if you want to shoot tight groups you need to reload so you can tailor your loads. Make sure you are shooting from a stable platform with bags etc. when you are figuring out what your gun likes.
 
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Thanks for the feedback guys. I understand all the ballistics and different ammo works differently in different guns. I was just wondering if anyone had a recommendation for a inexpensive ammo that is decently accurate overall.

I have everything I need to reload multiple calipers that my was my dads. I'm only missing the most important thing: time. Haha I wish I had the time to do it. I'll get around to reloading my own stuff eventually
 
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A better trigger will also tighten the groups. Get to reloading though. 55g Hornady FMJ's shoot great out of all my AR's.
 
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have you shot it from a benchrest to eliminate the human error part of shooting? shooting off hand (depending on your skill level) can have have widely varying groups.
 
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We qualified in the Marine Corps with cheap green tip bulk ammo with iron sights and didn't have that big of groups. I agree that ammo should be the last factor to investigate.
 
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    On one of my ARs I have a scope and enjoy shooting at ranges from 100-300+ yards. I've been looking around for ammo that isn't 1$ a shot but is still pretty accurate. I mainly shoot American eagle 5.56 that I buy in bulk but even at 100 yards my groupings are upwards of 5 inches.

    My question is does anyone know of a type of ammo(223 or 5.56) that is more accurate but not super expensive? Shooting ammo that cost about a buck a piece through a semi automatic rifle can get expensive. Especially when you have a very happy trigger finger like I do


    Other than reloading, the Black Hills ammo is the best. This ammo is shot at the Camp Perry Nationals and I don't think is $1 each. Check it out.

    Marco....S/F...
     
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