The 223 Remington is a very popular cartridge used in benchrest competitions and varmint shooting, this is to due to its superb accuracy and its relative value in terms of comparative costs of other cartridges.. The growth of benchrest tournaments began in the 1970ís, most competitors at the time used the predecessor to the 223 Remington, the 222 Remington.
Mike Walker an employee from Remington was credited with creating the 222 Remington, although still used today, it has mostly been replaced by the 223 Remington as our nationís preferred sporting cartridge.
The 222 Remington came about due to the military looking for an alternative cartridge to replace the 7.62mm, this was in 1957. It was used on the Armalite AR-15 assault rifle the forefather of the M-16.
As is always the case with Government contracts, a shortlist was drawn up before a decision could be made. This short list consisted of 222 Winchester, 222 Special and the 224 Springfield. All of these cartridges were based upon Mike Walkerís original 222 Remington. After a number of tests, the military eventually went with the 222 Special, which would be later known as the 223 Remington. It was 1964 when the 223 Remington was given official status by the United States Army.
The 223 Remington is among the most popular of cartridges available in the United States today. The reason for this is simple, it is due to the fact that the 223 Remington shoots flat enough for varmint shooting and reloading components including military brass is readily available. Itís also a reasonably economic cartridge due to a decreased amount of powder required. Incidentally, the 223 Remington will perform at its optimum despite your choice of powder.
It is not just the United States Army that has adopted the 223 Remington, it has proved popular with different armed forces from all over the world, including NATO (North Atlantic Treaty Organization). Although NATO has made some alterations to the standard 223 Remington specifically to the projectile.
In summary, the price and performance of the 223 Remington make it a superb cartridge for benchrest contents and varmint shooting. It should not be considered for ďbig gameĒ shooting cartridge.
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