My Most Accurate AR-15s

By Woody published on in Firearms

Over the last few years, I’ve owned or tested several AR-15s, and, obviously, I liked some more than others. “Like” is a big word that encompasses many subjective areas, where my tastes might run counter to yours. How the rifles actually shot is less subjective—holes in paper are a certain distance apart, whether I “liked” the trigger, stock, and colors, or not.

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Fulton Armory’s FAR-15 sure looks accurate. It fired three-shot groups well under minute of angle along with three other varmint ARs.

So I opened up the rangebooks for the last five years and tabulated how various AR-15s had performed. Distance for all the groups was 100 yards. All groups were fired from an adjustable front rest, often a Ransom Rifle Rest, with a rear sandbag rest using various optics. I recorded average velocities using a Competitive Edge Dynamics M2 chronograph in most cases.

At the top of the table, results for the varmint rifle-style Fulton Armory FAR-15 #003-020, Rock River Arms A4 AR-1520X, Stag Arms Model 6L, and Bushmaster PCW-VMS 24-9SS were three-shot groups, which are marked with asterisks. Obviously, the varmint rifles loved the Black Hills 50-grain V-Max round.

The non-flagged measurements reflect rifles that fired five-shot groups. A Bushmaster BCW-A3F 16M4 took top honors, followed by a Smith & Wesson M&P 15T and a Stag Arms Model 6L. One of the guns at MOA was Mossberg’s affordable MMR Tactical, accompanied by Ruger’s SR-556, the Rock River Arms A4 AR-1520X, and a DPMS RFA2-AP4A.

It’s also interesting to look at the ammo sorting. Of the five-shot results under a minute, the Georgia Arms .223 Rem 55-grain FMJ G223B-3 and Hornady .223 Rem 62-grain TAP Barrier No. 8375 took six of the eight top slots. Black Hills’ 60-grain V-Max and Federal 55-grain FMJ BP223BL were the other top performers.

Though there were variations in the test conditions and optics, broadly speaking, it’s fair to say that with the right ammo, many over-the-counter ARs can shoot MOA or come very close to minute-of-angle performance. Finding the right ammo or handload for your rifle can be tedious, but with a little patience on your part, the little gun can obviously deliver super results.

Ammunition Firearm Velocity Average
Group
Black Hills 223 Rem 50-gr. V-MAX Match Fulton Armory FAR-15 #003-020 3159 fps 0.6 in.*
Black Hills 223 Rem 50-gr. V-MAX Match Rock River Arms A4 AR-1520X 3119 fps 0.6 in.*
Black Hills 223 Rem 50-gr. V-MAX Match Stag Arms Model 6L 3253 fps 0.6 in.*
Black Hills 223 Rem 50-gr. V-MAX Match Bushmaster PCW-VMS 24-9SS 3337 fps 0.7 in.*
Georgia Arms 223 Rem 55-gr. FMJ G223B-3 Bushmaster BCW-A3F 16M4 2887 fps 0.7 in.
Winchester 223 Rem 55-gr. BST SBST223B Fulton Armory FAR-15 #003-020 3121 fps 0.8 in.*
Hornady 223 Rem 62-gr. TAP Barrier No. 8375 Smith & Wesson M&P 15T 2769 fps 0.8 in.
Winchester 223 Rem 55-gr. BST SBST223B Stag Arms Model 6L 3245 fps 0.9 in.*
Black Hills Ammunition 223 Rem. 60-gr. V-Max Mossberg MMR Tactical w/sights 2690 fps 1.0 in.
Federal 223 Rem. 55-gr. FMJ BP223BL Ruger SR-556 3037 fps 1.0 in.
Winchester 223 Rem 55-gr. BST SBST223B Rock River Arms A4 AR-1520X 3124 fps 1.0 in.*
Hornady 223 Rem 62-gr. TAP Barrier No. 8375 DPMS RFA2-AP4A 2687 fps 1.0 in.
Hornady 223 Rem 62-gr. TAP Barrier No. 8375 Bushmaster BCW-A3F 16M4 2766 fps 1.0 in.
Georgia Arms 223 Rem 55-gr. FMJ G223B-3 DPMS RFA2-AP4A 2835 fps 1.0 in.
Georgia Arms 223 Rem 55-gr. FMJ G223B-3 Smith & Wesson M&P 15T 2862 fps 1.0 in.
Black Hills Ammunition 223 Rem. 60-gr. V-Max Olympic Arms K3B-M4-A3 2804 fps 1.1 in.
Hornady Superformance 223 Rem. Varmint 53-gr. SPF Ruger SR-556E 3039 fps 1.1 in.
Monarch (Barnaul) 223 Rem. 55-gr. FMJB Adcor B.E.A.R. Elite 2748 fps 1.1 in.
Silver State Armory 223 Rem. 63-gr. Sierra Soft Point Sig Sauer 556 Classic SWAT 2760 fps 1.1 in.
Monarch (Barnaul) 223 Rem. 55-gr. FMJBT Stag Arms Model 2T 2887 fps 1.1 in.
American Eagle 223 Rem 62-gr. FMJ AE223N Smith & Wesson M&P 15T 2890 fps 1.1 in.
Ultramax 223 Rem. 52-gr. HP #223R1 Adcor B.E.A.R. Elite 2720 fps 1.2 in.
Remington 223 Rem. 55-gr. MC L223R3V Ruger SR-556 3036 fps 1.2 in.
Federal 223 Rem. 55-gr. FMJ BP223BL Stag Arms Model 2T 3069 fps 1.2 in.
Winchester 223 Rem 55-gr. BST SBST223B Bushmaster PCW-VMS 24-9SS 3223 fps 1.2 in.*
American Eagle 223 Rem 62-gr. FMJ AE223N Bushmaster BCW-A3F 16M4 2905 fps 1.2 in.
Black Hills Ammunition 5.56mm NATO 69-gr. OTM Olympic Arms K3BM4A3 2766 fps 1.3 in.
Remington 223 Rem. 55-gr. MC L223R3V Sig Sauer 556 Classic SWAT 3010 fps 1.3 in.
Remington 223 Rem 55-gr. PSP R223R1 Fulton Armory FAR-15 #003-020 3172 fps 1.3 in.*
Remington 223 Rem 55-gr. PSP R223R1 Stag Arms Model 6L 3250 fps 1.3 in.*
Georgia Arms 223 Rem 55-gr. FMJ G223B-3 Stag Arms XM A3 15L 2TL 2854 fps 1.3 in.
Sellier & Bellot 223 Rem 55-gr. FMJ Mossberg MMR Tactical w/sights 2961 fps 1.4 in.
Ultramax 223 Rem. 52-gr. HP #223R1 Ruger SR-556E 2758 fps 1.4 in.
Hornady Superformance 223 Rem. Varmint 53-gr. SPF Adcor B.E.A.R. Elite 2999 fps 1.4 in.
Monarch (Barnaul) 223 Rem. 55-gr. FMJB Ruger SR-556E 2812 fps 1.5 in.
Monarch Brass 223 Rem. 55-gr. Soft Point Ruger SR-556 2908 fps 1.5 in.
Monarch Brass 223 Rem. 55-gr. Soft Point Sig Sauer 556 Classic SWAT 2884 fps 1.5 in.
Monarch (Barnaul) 223 Rem. 55-gr. FMJBT Ruger SR-556 2835 fps 1.5 in.
Remington 223 Rem 55-gr. PSP R223R1 Rock River Arms A4 AR-1520X 3134 fps 1.5 in.*
Hornady 223 Rem 62-gr. TAP Barrier No. 8375 Stag Arms XM A3 15L 2TL 2732 fps 1.5 in.
Silver State Armory 223 Rem. 63-gr. Sierra Soft Point Ruger SR-556 2785 fps 1.6 in.
Federal 223 Rem. 55-gr. FMJ BP223BL High Standard HSA-15 HSTX-6551 3009 fps 1.6 in.
Silver State Armory 223 Rem. 55-gr. FMJ High Standard HSA-15 HSTX-6551 2956 fps 1.6 in.
Black Hills Ammunition 5.56mm NATO 69-gr. OTM Mossberg MMR Tactical w/sights 2663 fps 1.7 in.
Silver State Armory 223 Rem. 55-gr. FMJ Ruger SR-556 2966 fps 1.7 in.
Remington 223 Rem 55-gr. PSP R223R1 Bushmaster PCW-VMS 24-9SS 3255 fps 1.7 in.*
American Eagle 223 Rem 62-gr. FMJ AE223N DPMS RFA2-AP4A 2848 fps 1.7 in.
Sellier & Bellot 223 Rem 55-gr. FMJ Olympic Arms K3BM4A3 3063 fps 1.8 in.
Monarch (Barnaul) 223 Rem. 55-gr. FMJBT High Standard HSA-15 HSTX-6551 2854 fps 1.8 in.
American Eagle 223 Rem 62-gr. FMJ AE223N Stag Arms XM A3 15L 2TL 2868 fps 1.8 in.
Silver State Armory 223 Rem. 55-gr. FMJ Stag Arms Model 2T 2986 fps 2.6 in.

 What is your most accurate AR-15? Tell us in the comment section.

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Comments (96)

  • Clayton Myers

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    I recently built 2 PSA m4s that easily would make the listing of the article. One has a 1/7 chrome lined M4 profile barrel the other has a SS Wylde chambered 1/8 barrel. The 1/7,from a lead sled shot a 10 rd group with Mk 262 clone ammo at 100 yrds. It measured .7. The 1/8 Wylde measured .9.
    The only custom work was stoning the trigger and hammer and new springs. PSA makes quite a fine rifle.

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  • barry

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    Why not Windham weaponry? are they that bad??

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  • Rod

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    Neil…that’s one reason I moved from California 8+ years ago… too much liberal policies, laws and other stupid things…not to mention the immigration issues.

    While you may not be able to move, I understand your frustration… so sad, California used to be a great state when I grew up there in the 1960’s.

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  • Chris

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    I’d love to see this same chart with an average price column added.

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  • Neil Schmidt

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    I think I know why the Rhino Arms model wasn’t included. Maybe I’m wrong, but it has a $2,500 price tag. But….what an incredible rifle! I’m still thinking about how to stretch my budget to include one in my small collection, but if I can’t sweing it, I will probably go with a Windham California-compliant model. The FFL dealer here has one in stock.

    Keep in mind that in California, it is very difficult to purchase ARs from many of the manufacturers. I don’t know if they are in great demand or if I have am restricted by a lack of gun dealers. Most of the FFL guys have been driven out of the market, and I have found it difficult to be able to walk into a store and pick and choose from an array of ARs. Cabela’s has a good selection, but due to the California liberal establishment, Cabela’s has chosen not to waste their time by opening stores here.

    As for Walmart, our two local stores no longer carry firearms….only ammunition, and then, only when it is available.

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  • TROY H ANDERSON

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    Noveske, Daniel Defense, BCM. Daniel Defense barrel Under $300 I would put Daniel Defense on ever AR Build, but when you builing custom rifles for people they want to spend more tell they shot mine.

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