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One of the most confusing parts of gun ownership for new gun owners comes from understanding all the different calibers of ammunition, what type their guns can shoot, and which ones are best for them. And a couple of calibers that cause a lot of this confusion are the .223 Remington and the 5.56mm NATO rounds because they’re so similar to each other. Much of this confusion with these two calibers is a result of them being able to be used interchangeably. Think of the .223 Remington as the “civilian” version of the 5.56 NATO round. The only problem that occurs is when a 5.56 NATO round is used in a barrel chambered for .223 Remington because the difference in pressure can be worn down faster. However, most shooters won’t even notice this and it’s not an urgent problem. In broad terms, the 5.56 NATO simply has a different type…

According to gun-grabbers, it’s not enough to simply require background checks for gun purchases. Now they want background checks for ammo purchases as well. Florida’s Debbie Wasserman Schultz and Connecticut’s Richard Blumenthal proposed a new measure that would force those who want to buy ammo to undergo a background check from the FBI’s National Instant Background Check System. According to supporters of the ammo bill, it would leave would-be criminals with a gun without any ammo. Here’s what Blumenthal said about his proposal: Ammunition sales should be subject to the same legal requirements as firearm sales, and that includes instant background checks. The same laws that prevent dangerous individuals from purchasing firearms also prohibit them from amassing arsenals of ammunition, with one major loophole: there are no background checks for ammunition sales to enforce the law. As you can imagine, if something like this were passed into law, the would cause…

Recently, short barreled rifles and AR pistols have been gaining a lot of popularity with shooters. However, regular 5.56 NATO rounds won’t work as well on those guns because of their shorter barrels. The good news is that Hornady has released a new round that works with the shorter barrel, and shooters love it. It’s called Hornady Black HD SBR. Hornady’s new bullet has bullets that are heavier than traditional 5.56 NATO rounds, and use low-flash low-fouling powder. The new round offers those with short barrel rifles and AR pistols both accuracy and terminal performance. While this seems like a new round to civilians, Hornady has actually been making and selling this round to law enforcement for years now under a different name called Hornady TAP SBR. Hornady’s SBR round uses its own proprietary propellant technology in order to ensure proper pressure in a short barrel gun, which can be…

The 6.5 Creedmoor has been making waves among shooters for it’s long range accuracy. It’s a round that has truly earned its place in shooters’ guns. But now, there’s a new type of Creedmoor round that’s positioning itself as a serious competitor to the wildly popular 6.5 Creedmoor. Its called the 6mm Creedmoor. Well, actually, the 6mm isn’t a “new” round by any means. It’s already been around for quite a few years, but it has been so obscure and hard to find that it might as well be considered as being new. The 6mm Creedmoor was created by John Snow, the author of Outdoor Life, and was designed to be a long range round. He created the 6mm Creedmoor so he could write a feature article about it in Outdoor Life. Here’s what Snow says about creating the 6mm Creedmoor: “My ambitions for this wildcat extended no further than…

So you’ve got an AR and are looking to use the best round there is for self defense…the question now is which round should you use. The 300 BLK or the 6.8 SPC? Many AR owners are impressed by the 300 BLK’s performance but have concerns over its fairly expensive price and its lack of popularity among shooters. As far as which round is better, it depends on what you’re trying to accomplish that makes the difference between which round you should pick. Let’s go over a few different factors and see which round wins out in each of them. Then after the comparison you can make an informed decision for yourself based on your situation. The first question you should be asking is that of compatibility. After all, if the round won’t work with your gun then there’s really no need to compare them in the first place. For…

With the rising popularity of long range shooting, many gun owners are abandoning the gear they used to use in favor of more specialized gear that’s designed for long range. One of the things that shooters are now changing is their caliber of ammo. The .308 caliber round was invented in 1952 and has been a long time favorite with long range shooters. However, with the introduction of the newer 6.5 Creedmoor round in 2007, some shooters have switched to the newer caliber. Some shooters are thinking about switching but aren’t sure which round is actually better. That’s why this article will briefly compare the two rounds. The .308 round is a little bit heavier than the 6.5 Creedmoor. This makes it so that it does more damage on impact with its target. In other words, the .308 round is more likely to take down wild game while hunting. While…

Factory ammo has gotten a bad reputation over the years, and has led some gun owners to insist on hand loading their own ammo. Hand loads have traditionally been more accurate and consistent once you’ve found a way of doing it that suits you and your gun. But does that mean factory ammo is “bad”? I don’t think so. Let’s look at three different factors that might determine whether you should buy factory ammo or hand load your own. Quality When you become experienced enough with hand loading, you can reliably make high-quality ammo that won’t let you down. Plus, you’ll have the extra pride that comes with loading your own ammunition. But factory ammo these days has gotten much better than it used to be. In fact, the latest technology that’s used to produce factory ammo nowadays is allowing manufacturers to crank out some pretty good ammo. Some of…

The 9mm is a popular round, and if you have a 9mm pistol then you’re probably already committed to a favorite brand. However, you could be missing out on a brand you might enjoy even more, so I’m going to show you a few that aren’t as well known. The first on this list are Precision Delta’s 9mm rounds. Precision Delta makes a 124-grain 9mm bullet that might make you rethink your favorite brand. It uses match-grade new brass, clean burning powder, and has some of the least recoil out of any 9mm available. Plus, it packs a real punch. It’s clear that Precision Delta designed this round for competition, and those who shoot competition should definitely check it out. Just don’t be surprised when by what it shows up packed in. Instead of a neat and fancy looking box, Precision Delta packs its rounds in a plastic bag. This…

There was a new round that made its debut in late 2017 and it made some pretty big promises to shooters such as less recoil, flatter trajectories, and more distance. It’s called the .224 Valkyrie. The .224 Valkyrie can be used for a variety of things, but it really shines when it comes to modern sporting rifles. After all, that’s what it was originally made for. The .224 Valkyrie has quickly become well-known for its ability to increase the range of any rifle it’s chambered in, such as taking the range of AR’s out to 1,000 yards and beyond. The secret to its effectiveness comes from its unique design. It’s based on the 6.8 SPC case, but it has also been necked down to .22 caliber. This allows the bullet to keep traveling faster than the speed of sound even while past the 1,000 yard line. This is important because…

There’s a new line of ammo coming from a company you might not expect. It’s called Blackwater Ammo, and it was created by Blackwater founder Erik Prince and gun and ammo designer Nicola Bandini. Blackwater is offering a variety of calibers that should please most shooters. Here are Blackwater Ammo’s offerings as of right now… Handgun: 9mm, .45 Rifle: .223, 5.56×45, .308 Shotgun: 12 gauge BMG: .50 BMG Blackwater Ammo says it wants to also provide proprietary calibers for military and law enforcement in addition to its caliber offerings for the consumer market. According to founder Nicola Bandini, he wants the new company to stand on its own legs instead of riding off the fame of its parent company. PBM and Blackwater Ammunition are launched as a new, solid and well experienced industrial venture and not as a cosmetic operation. In other words, we did not intend to apply a…