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AR15 Ammunition

The two standard rounds for AR15 rifles are the .223 Rem. and its more powerful counterpart, the 5.56x45mm. Although the AR15 was initially designed with the .223 Remington, this rifle is now available in a variety of calibers, each with its own particular strengths and weaknesses. There are also many conversion kits for AR15 rifles, allowing you to change your existing firearm to fit the round you desire. Although these often require changing the lower as well as replacing the upper, they remain extremely popular. To help you figure out which is best for you, Darkgun.com has compiled a list of a few of the most popular alternatives to the .223 Remington/5.56mm.AR15 Ammunition

One of the most popular rounds all-around, the 9mm is smaller than the traditional .223 Rem, but also cheaper to purchase. Usually found in pistols, this round is popular because it allows greater magazine capacity and is lighter weight than many other options, allowing easier carry. For an AR15, 9mm is useful when shooting large amounts of ammunition because it saves money.

The .308 Winchester, known in a slightly smaller counterpart as the 7.62 × 51 mm NATO, is one of the most popular cartridges for hunting. Used for all North American game, this round is not only powerful, but extremely versatile as well. The .308 Winchester is perfect for those AR15 owners who use their rifle for hunting, and can be used for everything from varmint to bears.

The .22LR ammunition is another extremely popular type of round that can be used in a modified AR15. This caliber is favored because it is easy to find, cheap to buy, produces little recoil, and doesn’t make a lot of noise when fired. Perfect for new shooters or shooters who simply want to reduce the cost of going to the range, an AR15 chambered for the .22LR can make a great addition to any gun collection.