What is special about 556 green tip ammo?
Whether you recently purchased your first AR platform rifle or have been shooting for quite some time, chances are you have probably heard the phrase “green tip ammo.” This popular 5.56 cartridge is also sometimes referred to as a “penetrator round” due to its 62-grain projectile, partially steel core, and enhanced 209 primers ammo shop
Winchester 5.56 Full Metal Jacket 62 gr. Centerfire Rifle Ammo delivers a muzzle velocity of 3,060 ft/s, and we have bulk ammo options available for high-volume shooters. Stay on target and dominate the competition while using Winchester 5.56x45mm NATO FMJ 62 gr. Rifle Ammunition. M855 is often called “green tip” ammo.
These rounds, commonly known as “green tip” rounds because of their color coding, are designed for use with the AR platform in the popular caliber of 5.56. However, if you haven’t heard already, the ATF is withdrawing these rounds from the civilian market citing their armor piercing capabilities.
If penetrating barriers or engaging targets out past 100 yards is your primary concern, the M855 will likely perform better for you. However, the M193 is probably a better choice for hunting, as it fragments more easily and causes more terminal effects in the intended target and an ethical kill.
M855 is useful in other situations such as punching through cover and concealment, but its utility in those situations means it’s not the best 5.56 ammo to use inside the home. This brings us to the last two rounds in our test, the 55 grain M193 and the 69 grain Fiocchi.