Elite | 5.56mm | 77GR Sierra TMK

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Elite Ammo - 5.56mm 77GR Sierra TMK 

This 77GR Tipped Match King ammunition for the Army Marksmanship service rifle team with only the finest components available.
This ammo is designed for extreme accuracy even at 600 yards.
Tested to military standards though match grade rifles. 
Bullet: 77GR TMK

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. (SAMMI). 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.

2 Reviews

  • 5
    It shoots great! Great groups at 300 yards.

    I bought this for a PRI MK12 rifle. 1 MOA at 300 yards with the rifle on a sand bag. Only issue. Its out of stock quite often.....

  • 5
    Awesome ammunition

    I purchased a new BCM 18" SS410 NM barreled upper, and wanted to see what she could do at 100 yards. I put down four 5 round groups, and all of them were just about 1 MOA. I'm sure with a better shooter, the groups would tighten up even further. Could not be happier with these rounds. I will buy these again when I need more matchgrade ammo. Atlanta Arms shipped them quickly, and their prices are very fair. Get yourself a box, you'll be glad you did.