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What's the availability of this ammunition in your area? I've never looked for it until recently, and was told by a shop owner, it's pretty difficult to find. Seems true enough, at least around here.
 

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The Internet is awash in it. A lot of shops got out of the surplus angle when the shortages hit. I also imagine that the supply of NATO ammo is about to increase dramatically after the planned draw-downs are done.
 

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Try Academy. They have a ammo can of 420 rounds (I think) for around $150.

It is steel ammo, so be aware if your range has restrictions.
 

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I can get it through one of the gun clubs I belong to, but otherwise it's pretty scarce. .223 you can buy everywhere, and there is a lot of .223/5.56 ammo available locally also. But the 5.56 NATO is, or can be, a bit higher pressure as it is used in machine guns, and not easily found locally. Since you can shoot .223 in a 5.56 chamber, but not necessarily the other way around, most ammo suppliers only sell .223 to the public.

5.56脳45mm NATO - Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia See teh section on .223 vs 5.56


you can find 5.56NATO on the Internet ammo sites though.
 
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The Internet is awash in it. A lot of shops got out of the surplus angle when the shortages hit. I also imagine that the supply of NATO ammo is about to increase dramatically after the planned draw-downs are done.
I'd hope to see some bargain prices, to go along with that increased supply availability.
 

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Two of my local wal marts started to carry American Eagle 5.56 but before that they only sold .223. They don't stock very much but it's more than before.
 

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very popular with us here in england both military and civy use.

can easy get hold of brass and dies.

great middle of the range round- good up to 600m

great in our sa80's assault rifle

easy to reload and does not use up too much powder too
 

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I have a savage 110fp in .223 and 556 goes through it too-outstanding waepon
 

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No way is it hard to find around here. XM193 and M855 and even tracers are plentiful and relatively cheap at my LGS (Larry's P&P). So is .223 from plinking to SD to hunting options. Federal Lake City xm193 is $5.95 for 20 round boxes, Lake City Penetrators (M855) is about $6.50 for 20 round boxes, and American Eagle 5.56 and AE .223 is $30 for 100 round boxes.
 

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Around Pittsburgh 5.56 and. 223 both go on sale pretty frequently, usually in alternating sales. Alot of times the 5.56 is in steel cases, but since i don't own a weapon in either caliber i don't keep up with the price overall. Even the local Walmarts keep. 223 on stock pretty frequently in 20 round boxes, usually Remington and Winchester.
 

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My local Walmart has it as well as Gander Mtn.
 

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I discovered yesterday, the Wal-Mart I frequent, in Lubbock, has 5.56 in the bulk packaging. 420 rounds I believe I was told, at 2 cents per round cheaper than .223. Shops are awash in .223, just shop around for your price.
 

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It's available locally but it's pricey. As soon as I get my new press set up, I intend to buy some 223/5.56 dies and start reloading it. That will be the second caliber I reload for, most likely.
 

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