Elite | 5.56mm | 77GR Sierra BTHP

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Elite Ammo - 5.56mm 77GR Sierra BTHP

This 77GR Boat Tail Hollow Point ammunition is produced for the Army Marksmanship service rifle team.
This ammo is designed for extreme accuracy even at 600 yards.
Tested to military standards though match grade rifles and devices. 
Bullet: 77GR BTHP

Velocity: 2730 FPS ±

Overall Length (OAL): 2.245 ± .005” 

USE/SPORT: Precision Rifle Shooting
Box: 50 Rounds
Case: 1000 Rounds

.223 Remington –v- 5.56 NATO

The .223 Remington and 5.56x45 NATO cartridges are very similar, and externally appear the same. The differences lie beneath the surface.

The 5.56 case has thicker walls to handle higher pressures, meaning the interior volume of the case is smaller than that of a .223. This will alter the loading data used when reloading 5.56 brass to .223 specs. Some 5.56 loads have a slightly longer overall length than commercial .223 loads. 

The significant difference between the .223 Rem and 5.56 NATO lies in the rifles, rather than the cartridges themselves. Both the .223 and 5.56 rounds will chamber in the rifles designed for either cartridge, but the critical component, leade, will be different in each rifle. The leade is the area of the barrel in front of the chamber prior to where the rifling begins. This is where the loaded bullet is located when a cartridge is chambered. The leade is frequently called the “throat.”

On a .223 Remington spec rifle, the leade will be 0.085”. This is the standard described by the Sporting Arms and Ammunition Manufacturers’ Institute, Inc. (SAAMI). The leade in a 5.56 NATO spec rifle is 0.162”, or almost double the leade of the .223 chambers.

A shorter leade in a SAAMI spec rifle creates a situation where the bullet, in a 5.56 NATO round, when chambered, can contact the rifling prior to being fired. By having contact with the rifling prematurely (at the moment of firing), chamber pressure can be dramatically increased, creating the danger of a ruptured case of other cartridge,/gun failure.

 The reverse situation, a .223 Rem round in a 5.56 NATO gun, isn’t dangerous. The leade is longer, so a slight loss in velocity and accuracy may be experienced, but there is not a danger of increased pressures and subsequent catastrophic failure.

9 Reviews

  • 5
    77 grain elite

    Posted by H on Apr 19th 2021

    Used in my AR out to 650 yards with great accuracy

  • 5
    Good Stuff! - Elite 5.56 77GR BTHP

    Posted by Jim Aikman on Mar 31st 2021

    This round proved to be consistently reliable during competition shooting at distances out to 500 m. Good Stuff

  • 5
    Reliable and accurate to 700

    Posted by Mina on Mar 29th 2021

    I bought this ammo for a class where we were expected to, and did, learn how to hit difficult shots at ranges up to 700 yards. This ammo was extremely and reliable in real conditions. Consider me a loyal customer now.

  • 5

    Posted by G. Felton on Mar 28th 2021

    Ran great! Believe it created a bigger fireball than my other ammo

  • 5
    223/556 elite

    Posted by Unknown on Mar 28th 2021

    Used in mystery mountain 3 gun match for long range. Worked well

  • 5
    77gr BRHP

    Posted by Bret on Aug 10th 2020

    Finally put some rounds down range with it today. Only out to 50, but holes were touching with a fairly quick 20 rounds. Got lightninged out, but can’t wait to take it out to 500.

  • 5

    Posted by ThePewLifeChoseMe on Aug 2nd 2020

    Consistently sub-moa at 100 and 200 yds out of Rosco 13.7" Purebred barrel with Geissele REBCG. Highly recommended, will purchase again.

  • 5

    Posted by Clinton Page on May 19th 2020

    This is the most accurate ammunition I have ever shot through my AR. Shot the best group I ever have today. 3 Shots at 100 yds. .140

  • 5
    Amazing Product

    Posted by Jordan R Smith on May 7th 2020

    Probably the best ammo I've shot. Not a single jam, misfeed or anything. Hitting a steel at 300 meters was no problem at all. Next time I order some I will try to find a spot to shoot further. Thank you guys so much!