Bulk 223 / Bulk 5.56 Ammo

223 REM / 5.56 NATO BULK

Shooting your AR platform rifle or carbine, or any number of other rifles or carbines based on the .223 Remington/5.56x45 can be a lot of fun. The high powered, small caliber rifle round offers extreme performance for a small cost per shot, thanks to the market demand, availability to suppliers and the relatively inexpensive component parts of the round. Ammunition Depot carries an extensive line of cartridges in both 5.56x45mm and in .223 Remington, from proven military surplus to commercial offerings from every manufacturer.


Where can I buy bulk .223 ammo?

The .223 Remington rifle cartridge is one of the most popular rifle rounds in the United States, if not the world, so it's a staple wherever ammunition is sold. You can find it in big box retail sporting goods stores, gun shows, pawn shops and small gun shops. You can also find it as one of the rounds available online at web stores like Ammunition Depot.

What is the best bulk .223 ammo?

The best bulk .223 ammunition is the one that best suits your needs. Factor in your plans for using it along with the kind of rifle you have and see what is available. At that point, you've probably found a few choices for your situation. Decide how much you want to purchase and consider your budget restrictions. If your preferred retailer has the .223 ammo that's at the top of your list in bulk, this is the best ammo for you. If they don't, you can move on to the next one on your list.

What is the difference between .223 and 5.56 ammo?

The two main differences between .223 and 5.56 are the sizes of the cartridge and the amount of pressure generated by each. Both are similar in size, but a 5.56 cartridge has a slightly longer leade. This gives the 5.56 a shorter distance between the place where the rifling engages the round and the cartridge. The difference in leade is what causes the different amount of pressure generated in the chamber. The pressure generated by a 5.56 round is higher than that of a .223. Additionally, a gun chambered for 5.56 can fire a .223 round, but a gun chambered for .223 cannot safely fire a 5.56. It could cause a catastrophic failure.

Which ammo is better: .223 or 5.56?

This will depend on your rifle. The main difference noticeable for the shooter is that the higher pressure of the 5.56 gives it a higher velocity leaving the barrel, which translates to more power. However, .223 chambered guns have a tighter chamber, which helps increase accuracy. The best round is dependent on your situation and intended use. Your choice of rifle and budget also play a part in this decision.

How much does bulk .223/5.56 ammo cost?

The price per round (PPR) cost of both .223 and 5.56 is much lower than many other rounds due to their popularity. Barring unforeseen shortages, the PPR for these two rounds when bought in bulk can be in excess of 10 cents per round cheaper than buying non-bulk.

How should you store bulk .223/5.56 ammo?

Storage is key for bulk ammo. To preserve effectiveness, your bulk ammunition should be stored in its own separate climate-controlled area if possible. If that's impossible, your storage efforts should be focused on mitigating heat and moisture. More than anything else, these are the biggest threats to ammo.