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The Ultimate Reloading Manual
Wolfe Publishing Group
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The Ultimate Reloading Manual

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5.56 NATO / 5.56mm NATO AR Handloads

5.56 NATO / 5.56mm NATO AR Handloads
Warning! Notes: Colt AR-15: 1-in-12 inch twist, 18-inch barrel. NATO Custom AR-15: 1-in-7-inch twist, 18 inch barrel. Chronographing done with start screen at approximately 6 feet. All handloads used brass headstamped "BHA" (Black Hills Ammunition). Primers were CCI 400 Small Rifle. (Rifle AR Special Edition - Fall, 2013)
Be Alert: Publisher cannot be responsible for errors in published load data.
Wt. Bullet Powder Manufacturer Powder Charge Velocity (FPS)
55 Speer FMJ-BT IMR IMR-4198 Subscribe 2789
Remarks: Colt AR-15; mild load
55 Speer FMJ-BT Alliant RL-7 Subscribe 2740
Remarks: Colt AR-15; mild load
55 Speer FMJ-BT Vihtavuori VV-N130 Subscribe 2885
Remarks: Colt AR-15; close to M193
55 Speer FMJ-BT Hodgdon H-322 Subscribe 2741
Remarks: Colt AR-15; high variation
55 Speer FMJ-BT Ramshot TAC Subscribe 2922
Remarks: Colt AR-15; fastest handload
55 Speer FMJ-BT IMR IMR-4064 Subscribe 2806
Remarks: Colt AR-15; compressed powder
55 Speer FMJ-BT IMR IMR-4895 Subscribe 2836
Remarks: Colt AR-15; compressed powder
55 Speer FMJ-BT Hodgdon Varget Subscribe 2543
Remarks: Colt AR-15; very mild load
55 Speer FMJ-BT Hodgdon CFE 223 Subscribe 2839
Remarks: Colt AR-15; most accurate load
62 FMJ-BT IMR IMR-4198 Subscribe 2734
Remarks: NATO Custom AR-15; mild load
62 FMJ-BT Alliant RL-7 Subscribe 2767
Remarks: NATO Custom AR-15; mild load
62 FMJ-BT Vihtavuori VV-N130 Subscribe 2867
Remarks: NATO Custom AR-15; significantly faster
62 FMJ-BT Hodgdon H-322 Subscribe 2737
Remarks: NATO Custom AR-15; mild load
62 FMJ-BT Ramshot TAC Subscribe 2897
Remarks: NATO Custom AR-15; fastest handload
62 FMJ-BT IMR IMR-4064 Subscribe 2747
Remarks: NATO Custom AR-15; compressed powder
62 FMJ-BT IMR IMR-4895 Subscribe 2827
Remarks: NATO Custom AR-15; compressed powder
62 FMJ-BT Hodgdon Varget Subscribe 2705
Remarks: NATO Custom AR-15; mildest load
62 FMJ-BT Hodgdon CFE 223 Subscribe 2804
Remarks: NATO Custom AR-15; good potential