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Heavy Barrel AR-15

Competitive Shooting

Long-Range Shooting with the AR-15

Long-range shooting with an AR-15 means different things to different shooters. However, the basics of achieving long-range accuracy come down to two things—barrels and bullets. Here’s a history of how refinements in those crucial areas got started.

.223 vs 5.56

Ammunition

.223 vs. 5.56: Ammunition Comparison and Overview

Using commercial .223 cartridges in a 5.56-chambered rifle should work reliably, but generally will not be as accurate as when fired from a .223-chambered gun due to the excessive leade. There always seems to be a lot of confusion over the difference between a .223 and a 5.56 chamber. I often receive questions asking if someone can shove 5.56 ammo into their new AR-15. The quick answer is maybe. Just because a gun has .223/5.56 scribed on the barrel, does not mean it can handle either piece of ammunition equally.

Kestrel Applied Ballistics meter dessert tan

Gear, Parts and Accessories

Video: Atmospherics and Ballistics for Long-Range Shooting

Cheaper Than Dirt!, as well as the National Shooting Sports Foundation and others, believe it is important to promote safe, comfortable, and proper shooting techniques to customers. This video focuses on the importance of understanding the effects of atmospherics on a projectile when calculating an accurate firing solution for long-range accuracy.

Pistol firing with expended shell still in the air

Ammunition

Handgun Defense Loads

Designed to give handgun cartridges a step up in power and energy by increasing velocity, +P ammunition is not more dangerous; it simply is loaded to greater pressure. What is your choice for a handgun defensive round?

Ammunition

How Does Buckshot Perform at 50 Yards?

Brass Fetcher Ballistic Testing recently conducted an eye-opening ballistic gelatin test of buckshot at 50 yards distance. The rounds were shot from a Mossberg 500 12-gauge shotgun with 20″ barrel length and full choke. This video shows the results.

Firearms

At the Range: Weatherby Vanguard Series 2 Deluxe

A friend recently bought a Weatherby Vanguard Series 2 Deluxe rifle chambered in 257 Weatherby Magnum, and since I was setting up a used Vanguard 308 Win. of my own, I offered to scope and point-blank zero his rifle at the same time as I was doing mine. As it turned out, I was beguiled by the looks of his rifle, so I started with it, making the Deluxe 257 the first Weatherby I’ve ever shot extensively. This Weatherby Vanguard Series 2 Deluxe in 257 Weatherby is an excellent rifle. It is everything Weatherby adherents say their rifles are, and maybe a little more.

Ammunition

Top 10 Ammo Posts as of May 25, 2013

The biggest fixed expenses when getting into the gun game are usually firearms, then optics, or sometimes the other way around. But over the lifetime of a platform — rifle, shotgun, handgun, doesn’t matter — the biggest expense is almost always ammo. Accordingly, stories focusing on ammunition use, tuning, and suitability are favorites of the Cheaper Than Dirt! Chronicle community. Herewith, then, are the most-read articles we’ve run in the Shooter’s Log that have to do with ammunition choice and performance: