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.223/5.56mm questions

My Uncle seems to think this cartridge will be obsolete and hard to find within a couple of years. Any truth to this?
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It's been around for almost 60 years. It isnt going away anytime soon.

Maybe when we go to lasers, but who knows.
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It's been around for 46 years and there are countless guns chambered for it. What, pray tell, will send it to the grave in the next two?


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It's been around for almost 60 years. It isnt going away anytime soon.

Maybe when we go to lasers, but who knows.
Thanks for the quick response David. Good to know I'm not building a big black paper weight. I'll ask him to elaborate on exactly what he means by "obsolete". I just figured he meant production since the armed forces are adopting the 6.8spc.
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It's been around for 46 years and there are countless guns chambered for it. What, pray tell, will send it to the grave in the next two?
This is what he was telling my father when told that I was building an AR platform in .223cal. I'll have to get more info from the source. I just kind of got worried there for a second. Thanks for the wake up call.
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Definitely not something to worry about at this point. There are simply WAY too many firearms/platforms out there currently using this ammo.

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Just because the US Govt might want to change calibers doesnt mean the entire production of 5.56/.223 stops. There's numerous other applications and buyers out there besides uncle sam.
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Military switched to 223 from 308 and 308 is plentiful and priced decently. 30-06 is still an incredibly popular cartridge, and hell even 30 carbine. Not to mention 9mm (going strong after 100+ years), .45acp and long colt (the latter for about 150 years), and .38.

I forsee 223 being a popular round for shooters for another 50 years at least. And to David, good god I hope I get to see lasers in my lifetime
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My Uncle seems to think this cartridge will be obsolete and hard to find within a couple of years. Any truth to this?
Your uncle is smoking crack.

I tried to find .223/5.56 ammo sales stats but could not find any specific caliber breakdown.

Just call Military Gun Supply or Cheaper than Dirt and ask them. I'd bet they not pallets, but truckloads of ammo.

There are calibers that are 100+ years old and they are still making ammo.
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Well, I sure hope not, because I too will have a big black paper weight.
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Well, I sure hope not, because I too will have a big black paper weight.
You have absolutely nothing to worry about.
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You guys that think you'll have paper weights. You can always get a 22 conversion.

What you might call solitude is something i look forward to.
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You guys that think you'll have paper weights. You can always get a 22 conversion.
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You have absolutely nothing to worry about.
Yup, i'm not stressed about it. I have enough to get me through a couple days of zombies...
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Pretty much what I thought...he's kind of out there anyways. He got all kinds of nuts over the Y2K thing 10 years back. Now he's selling off his .223 chambered rifles for something else. Might see if he wants to sell me his bushmaster at a good price, since the sky is falling and all. lol

Good information guys. Thanks. I'll have to tell him to put the pipe down next time I see him.
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I wouldn't be surprised if AR-15/M16 variant total production numbers exceeds the AK-47 in the near future. It's the second most prolific caliber in existence.
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post #17 of 17 (permalink) Old 07-30-2010, 06:23 PM
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5.56 will be around for a long long time.... heck just price 6.8 spc, and you'll see why you want a 5.56 rifle or upper too. I want both.

And the military hasn't even started this switch yet..... they are still just in "testing"
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