It will be much more difficult to meet my goals without good ammunition. To date, I’ve done the same thing that most gun owners do: buy whats cheap and available. I do this within reason, of course, as I’ve never trusted Wolf or other super cheap Russian ammunition. The last trip to the range was with a box of Magetch CBC 62gr FMJ. I have an ammo box full of Lake City M855 beyond that. But the only really accurate ammo I have the AR is a box of Hornady 75gr TAP and SSA 77gr SMK that I kept for ‘special purposes.’
Ascalon is chambered to work best with Black Hills 77gr SMK 5.56. But having done enough reading on ballistics, I think the added expense of 77gr SMK will benefit me in any way at the ranges I am practicing. Others have recommended I look at the 69gr SMK, or even Hornady AMAX loads. But I am having difficulty finding any of those in stock.
The goal has to be consistency, so I’m thinking I may just have to get a few boxes of Black Hills 77gr SMK and go from there, even if I can’t take advantage of the range benefits of the round.
With .308, I’m pretty set on using Federal’s GMM 168 gr SMK load. But finding one in stock seems to be the trick. I will have to keep searching, I suppose.
This would likely all get a lot easier whenever I get around to reloading. I’ve been collecting my brass for two years, but just haven’t had the time or resources to commit to getting a reloading set up.