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5.56 at 1,000 yards

Austin2512

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Not sure if this would be the right thread to ask but I’ve been thinking about building a long range gun, I’ve shot .308 out to 1,200 yards before but was thinking about doing a 5.56 build. Had anyone ever shot that round out to 1,000 yards ? And if so was there anything special about the rifle ie. barrel, hand load or factory loaded ammo, muzzle brake, trigger etc. any help would be appreciated.
 

Austin2512

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Hi,

Plain jane AR15 service rifle with 7.7 twist Kreiger barrel for the 77gr SMK from Blackhills ammunition; leather sling, open sights, heavy trigger, lol

Sincerely,
Theis
Why a heavy trigger ? When I had the .308 I used a 1.5lbs timney trigger
 

Jefe's Dope

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    5.56 at 1000 is a lot of fun. I have done it with an AR and a bolt action.

    The difficult part is seeing or hearing the hits on steel at that distance.
    That's why you use hit indicators. Not sure what guys did before these. Argue a lot I assume. 😁
     

    woodsmoke

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    I have a .223 Wylde, 16” bolt gun. I run 75 grain ELDs out to 1k. It is a lot of fun, and way cheaper to shoot than anything else I’ve got. Easy on the shoulder, so my wife and kids love it too. I’m really glad I did it. I will second that it’s harder to see and hear impacts, but I always have at least a spotter or 2 along. I guess I’m a social shooter lol.
     
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    b2lee

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    yea...I've shot some 16" AR's and some 24" bolt guns to 1k in .223...you just gotta do it on a calm wind day.
     

    Chickentoast

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    223, 20", 80 gr eld-m's. No wind, ~100% on a 12" plate, and ~70% on a 5" plate. Wind, sometimes 10-20% on the 12" plate. Super fun while wind allows hitting >50%.
     

    st1650

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    Super easy. My favourite when there’s no wind.
    DTA SAC 223 22.5” barrel
    Using either 80 SMK or 80 ELD-M @ 2.525” at 2875 fps
    No recoil, cheap, lot of fun. Easy to spot your own hits.
     

    clcustom1911

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    That's why you use hit indicators. Not sure what guys did before these. Argue a lot I assume. 😁
    I believe a device like this was used to increase sight and hearing.

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    ACK

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    75 Gr ELD, FC brass, 2.47 oal (not magazine suitable); 24.2 Varget (per Hodgdon 25 is max), 24" Varmint bull barrel AR. 1200 yards with no to < 10 mph wind is doable.
    2900 fps; 12 SD. 1000 yard milk gallon is fun. However once the wind starts 600-800 is the norm.
     
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    b6graham

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    done it with an 18" DD mk12 and an eotech

    prefer my mausingfield with 75 JLKs at 3k fps
     

    Douglas-001

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    Spotted for a guy shooting 90 grain pills from a service rifle at 1K, iron sights. I think it was a Kreiger 1/7...he shot quite well but when that wind caught him...it caught all of us that day...my wide 9's were a scratch 6 for him. Only AR platform I saw that day.