5.56 vs .223: What is the difference?

5.56 vs .223: What is the difference?

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In this video I dive into the differences between .223 and 5.56. They are so similar, but there are a few key differences. I hope you enjoy the video, I have a blast making them!

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50 Comments

  1. gray man on August 21, 2022 at 7:52 pm

    it should also be noted.
    there is not a single recorded case of a .223 chambered rifle experiencing "catastrophic failure" because someone fired 5.56 nato in their rifle.



  2. Alpha Male on August 21, 2022 at 7:52 pm

    So this vid was done early 2015 and here it is mid 2022. Your voice, affect, and demeanor are totally different than your new videos of today. Just sayin.



  3. daddy takes1999 on August 21, 2022 at 7:53 pm

    Bro thank u cuz i got a multi cal omni hybrid an i couldn’t find not one video then i find u to tell me if its chamber in 556 it can shoot 223 out of it cause u got people these days that dont make videos about what u need or about what ur asking but /you sir do thanks ๐Ÿ’ฏ๐Ÿ’ช



  4. Collier Dodson on August 21, 2022 at 7:53 pm

    Vote these stupid brainwashed people out of office we have The hair coyotes bobcats we have to protect yourself and our children ,dogs and animals from these predators Never give up your guns !



  5. Tally Beaverman on August 21, 2022 at 7:55 pm

    I have a AR Wild, it’s suppose to take either .556 and a .223 and do well. I have shot both wwith a good 4 inch group at 100yrds.



  6. John Davis on August 21, 2022 at 7:56 pm

    Thanks for the info!!



  7. nartron3000 on August 21, 2022 at 7:57 pm

    Thank you, I watched 5 videos and still didnโ€™t understand but you did a great job of explaining



  8. john doe on August 21, 2022 at 7:57 pm

    wrong , growing up we used 556 in all our 223’s cause it was cheap and plentifull. chrono showed no difference. i was hoping this would be an honest comparison, the pressure difference between 556 and 223 is how they are measured saami and nato test differently



  9. T. N on August 21, 2022 at 7:58 pm

    I will go with 223 for cheaper bullet. ๐Ÿ™‚



  10. Unstoppable Yaris on August 21, 2022 at 7:58 pm

    That’s why I watch your channel… Thanks a lot for making it simple!



  11. Richard Lane on August 21, 2022 at 8:00 pm

    NOT a bullet … but a cartridge! A cartridge consist of; case, bullet, powder, and primer.



  12. Paul Hinson on August 21, 2022 at 8:01 pm

    Personally I believe the differences The Recoil



  13. Alpha S. Estacado on August 21, 2022 at 8:01 pm

    Ok so i can shoot 223 out my 556 chambered ar



  14. Rickyw01 on August 21, 2022 at 8:03 pm

    Excellent info. The pressure difference of 5,000 psi is worthwhile noting. The gun manufacture must address for safety concerns among other factors.



  15. SooooWhat? on August 21, 2022 at 8:04 pm

    โ€œExtremely similar โ€œ can only be repeated so any times.



  16. David Woods on August 21, 2022 at 8:06 pm

    Thank you very much



  17. Galen Hof on August 21, 2022 at 8:06 pm

    CARTRIDGE….a "bullet" is a component of a cartridge



  18. Kelly Anne Bishop on August 21, 2022 at 8:06 pm

    Simple, .556 is military and 223 is a varmint round. Used on farms and ranches for groundhogs and such.



  19. Mike Corona on August 21, 2022 at 8:08 pm

    Thanks Big Ben, happy retirement



  20. Craig Bauer on August 21, 2022 at 8:09 pm

    The 3006 and 45 are American sweethearts…

    Sweetheart.๐Ÿ˜˜



  21. Hugo Sinclair on August 21, 2022 at 8:09 pm

    so my AR in 5.56mm is able to take my surplus .223, nice



  22. First Name on August 21, 2022 at 8:09 pm

    The ar 15 was first , the m 16 is a modified ar 15..



  23. Gino Turrella on August 21, 2022 at 8:14 pm

    They are both the same. Don’t believe it? Ask the person on the receiving end. One is designated civilian. The other is designated military. That’s it.



  24. Houndsman One on August 21, 2022 at 8:15 pm

    Thanks ๐Ÿ‘๐Ÿฝ๐Ÿ™‚ 6/18/22



  25. lcf odat on August 21, 2022 at 8:17 pm

    5.56 is military designation



  26. LJ Prep on August 21, 2022 at 8:19 pm

    Good vid, Braden. I watched a vid by Bear Creek Armory about the 7.62×39 rounds, and how the AK loses gases past the cartridge when a steel cased round is fired because it doesn’t expand upon firing as the brass cases do. :/ Could you do a video on the differences between the brass/steel rounds and the AK/SKS/AR platforms? I’d appreciate it. Velocities seem to be quite similar, so I don’t feel that there is much loss in the AK/SKS. Here’s the (offending) vid: https://youtu.be/4D47blZMDsA



  27. Aurora Borealis on August 21, 2022 at 8:20 pm

    How about an update video? This time including 223 Wylde



  28. Steven Merlock on August 21, 2022 at 8:20 pm

    I got a case of PMC.223 and novelty 556 zombie rounds the only difference I could tell was in the report. 556 real loud compared to the same brand and bullet weight



  29. dudders ___ on August 21, 2022 at 8:21 pm

    I was wondering what the difference, my AR can shoot both

    Oh shit so I shouldnโ€™t shoot 5.56 out of my AR. Itโ€™s a good thing I only have 223 right now



  30. Mike DuPree on August 21, 2022 at 8:22 pm

    Compared vs 30 Super Carry



  31. Mike Hawk on August 21, 2022 at 8:24 pm

    I almost always use .223. They are so similar to 5.56,I can’t even tell the difference. The 5.56 does have a crimped in primer. I’ve never had a primer come loose or fall out. Besides, .223 is usually alot cheaper. However,I really don’t like using steel case ammunition anymore. I noticed that it puts more wear on the extractor on both my Mini-14 and my AR. Since replacing the extractor on both,about2 years ago ,I’ve I’ve only used brass and both are still like new. I bought the Mini-14 used. I’m pretty sure the previous owner used steel exclusively and never cleaned it. There was rust particles all over inside the bolt area. Metal shavings from steel ammunition. The rifle is stainless steel,so the particles didn’t come from the rifle. That’s why I don’t use it anymore.



  32. Jerry Taylor on August 21, 2022 at 8:27 pm

    You can buy an AR that is chambered for both rounds



  33. Greg Brown on August 21, 2022 at 8:27 pm

    Thank you for your information I did not no that because I have both your friend Gregory



  34. Bert M on August 21, 2022 at 8:30 pm

    How about. 38 Special vs .357



  35. J.R on August 21, 2022 at 8:31 pm

    4:00



  36. Lou Lou on August 21, 2022 at 8:32 pm

    EXCELLENT!! Thank you.



  37. Keith Taylor on August 21, 2022 at 8:33 pm

    Thanks Brayden I appreciate your expertise! Be safe



  38. FoxSnStyle on August 21, 2022 at 8:33 pm

    Now a lot of your AR-15’s are chambered for both, So you can use both cartridges safely.



  39. CC California on August 21, 2022 at 8:33 pm

    Good explanation! ๐Ÿ‘๐Ÿ‡บ๐Ÿ‡ธ



  40. L.A. Commander on August 21, 2022 at 8:36 pm

    Good video. A couple of clarifications are needed, however. There is a reason the .223 round was developed before the 5.56mm round. The Armalite company developed the "AR-10" as a lightweight semi-auto rifle for civilian and military use. This was in 1956. In 1959, Armalite sold the patent to Colt manufacturing, and they developed an improved version known as the "Colt AR-15". The US Military would later adopt this rifle as the new standard rifle and this was known as the M-16. Later the M-4 Carbine was developed. So the .223 Remington did indeed come first, followed later by the 5.56 Nato version. One version is for civilian use, the other for military. I hope that makes sense.



  41. Phantom4 on August 21, 2022 at 8:37 pm

    556 big 223 smol



  42. Robert Sahli on August 21, 2022 at 8:40 pm

    Well what do expect from a an attorney who kneels for her position! Joe taught her well!



  43. edwoll77 on August 21, 2022 at 8:40 pm

    You haven’t aged one bit from this video to 2022.



  44. Scott Jackson on August 21, 2022 at 8:42 pm

    Great video you’re not like all the other youtubers who mishmash things and cloud the issue straight forward keep up the good work



  45. Gale Sams on August 21, 2022 at 8:43 pm

    I was handed a m-16 while in the army , vietnam. The matel or tonka in 5.56 45 that no one liked . M-14 i qualified with was twice the weapon with larger bullet. 4th inf div pleiku.



  46. Byard Grim on August 21, 2022 at 8:44 pm

    Good reminder, thanks.๐Ÿ‘



  47. Mike Harting on August 21, 2022 at 8:46 pm

    Are you saying the .556 is freebored? Which is to say the throat is longer.



  48. Don Carr on August 21, 2022 at 8:47 pm

    I wasn’t sure about that and now I know. Thank you



  49. Mr Short on August 21, 2022 at 8:48 pm

    Why does the military use 5.56 instead of .223 does 5.56 perform better, or penetrate deeper, does it hit harder then is it better terminally then .223 what is the reason and why?????



  50. Nick Liberto on August 21, 2022 at 8:49 pm

    Presentation was well done. Simple and to the point. Thank you.