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    Default What's the max. range of a 5.56mm?

    -What's the max. range of a 5.56mm?
    -What's the max. effective range of a 5.56mm?

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    Depends on the bullet and pipe. The cheap normal ammo we had was up to 400 with a typical assault rifle we were told.

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    Quote Originally Posted by khukuri View Post
    Depends on the bullet and pipe. The cheap normal ammo we had was up to 400 with a typical assault rifle we were told.
    Thanx for the reply.A friend of mine(in the Dutch military)said to have hit targets from 800m with the M16A2.And I've heard stories of guys hitting from 1000m before.400m I think is a good call for the effective range.

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    Quote Originally Posted by khukuri View Post
    Depends on the bullet and pipe. The cheap normal ammo we had was up to 400 with a typical assault rifle we were told.
    nothing more to say
    Max range of G 36 2.860 m
    Effective range 500 m

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    Yeah I remember seeing a vid here on mp.net with a contractor who claimed he was shooting at targets 6-800 m away with what looked like an spr. There was a big discussion on different types of 5.56 ammo, search for that thread and you will find...

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    The Landmacht(Dutch Royal Army) doesn't use m16's they use the Diemaco C7/C8( in it's various incarnations). AFAIK the diemaco has a heavier barrel, which probably increases the accuracy, although I doubt you can actually "hit" a target at 800 meters, let alone in a upright firing position, or with the C8(C8a1GD for SF GD standing for geluidsdemper=suprresor)Are you sure he wasn't talking about the SR-25? It looks a lot like a M16 to the untrained eye.

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    for the M16-A2 the max effective range for a point target is 550m, area 800m and max range is 3600m

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    The Philippine Marine Scout Sniper Rifle is mentioned to have an effective range of 800 meters. It uses 5.56 ammo.

    The first-generation MSSR used either factory 5.56mm NATO 62-[*******#0000ff]grain[/COLOR][*******#0000ff]SS109[/COLOR] ball ammunition or 69-grain [*******#0000ff]Federal[/COLOR] Match Gold Medal boattail [*******#0000ff]hollowpoint[/COLOR] (BTHP) cartridges. The second-generation rifle may use these rounds as well as the HSM 69-grain BTHP cartridge. The third-generation MSSR uses 5.56mm 69-grain Hornady BTHP Match or 75-grain Hornady TAP BTHP Match ammunition handloaded at the Marine Scout Sniper School. -www.navy.mil.ph

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    Quote Originally Posted by CantGetRight View Post
    for the M16-A2 the max effective range for a point target is 550m, area 800m and max range is 3600m
    And we've got a winner!

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    Service Rifle competitors routinely shoot an accurized version of the M16A2/A4 with match ammunition at 1000yds.

    http://www4.army.mil/ocpa/read.php?story_id_key=5179

    This would be one example of a match service rifle:

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    Quote Originally Posted by Afro-European View Post
    -What's the max. range of a 5.56mm?
    -What's the max. effective range of a 5.56mm?
    The left round is the M193, which is not produced anymore but old stocks are still used, and the right is the M855, which is the current standard issue. While they look the same, they are different and have slightly different ranges. And just because you can hit something at 550 meters doesn't mean it will penetrate.

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    shoot at a 45 degree angle...

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    Quote Originally Posted by Dragonscript View Post
    The left round is the M193
    Actually the one on the left is most definitely not M193 or any 5.56mm cartridge for that matter. To me it looks like 6.8mm SPC.

    And just because you can hit something at 550 meters doesn't mean it will penetrate.
    Surplus M855 is still supersonic at 550m out of my 16" barrel AR15 carbine.

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    Quote Originally Posted by MacGyver View Post
    Actually the one on the left is most definitely not M193 or any 5.56mm cartridge for that matter. To me it looks like 6.8mm SPC.
    Good eye...

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    Quote Originally Posted by MacGyver View Post
    Actually the one on the left is most definitely not M193 or any 5.56mm cartridge for that matter. To me it looks like 6.8mm SPC.

    Surplus M855 is still supersonic at 550m out of my 16" barrel AR15 carbine.
    it is 6.8. I recognize the pic, although I don't remember where I saw it.
    as far as long-range penetration, I know varmint shooters still make prairie dogs explode at 1000yd+ with .223 bolt-actions.
    Last edited by orionhawk; 03-26-2008 at 10:21 AM. Reason: can't spell "prairie"

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