.223 Wylde Barrels

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The 5.56 NATO and .223 Rem are two of the most popular cartridges used in AR-15s today. While these two rounds may look nearly identical, they have to be fired through different barrels for optimal safety and functionality. The .223 Wylde AR barrel, however, is a hybrid barrel designed to safely fire both 5.56 NATO and .223 Rem cartridges without sacrificing power or accuracy.

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.223 Wylde Barrels: Two AR-15s in One

The .223 Wylde barrel brings you the best of both worlds by allowing you to fire both 5.56 NATO cartridges and .223 Rem cartridges. This barrel features the throat angle used in a 5.56 NATO chamber paired with the freebore dimensions found in a standard .223 Rem barrel, essentially turning one AR-15 into a hybrid of two guns.

When you shop with Wing Tactical, you'll find a wide range of .223 Wylde AR barrels designed to take on different shooting parameters: heavier, fluted barrels for long-range shots and lighter, pencil barrels for use in fast-paced competitions. Our barrels are also available in a wide range of lengths, so you can further customize your AR-15 to meet your exact needs.

Ballistic Advantage Premium Series .223 Wylde fluted barrel with nickel boron coating

Fluted .223 Wylde Barrels

If you’re looking to cut your carry weight and prevent barrel overheating on repeat fire, consider a fluted .223 Wylde barrel for your next AR-15 build. Fluting both slightly decreases the overall weight of a barrel and features increased surface area, supporting faster cooling.

 Faxon Firearms .223 Wylde pencil profile match barrel

Match Grade .223 Wylde Barrels

For shooters looking for increased manufacturing precision, Wing Tactical carries match-grade barrels from multiple brands. Match grade barrels are constructed with higher tolerances than rack grade barrels, offering additional peace of mind.

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Get your top-quality .223 Wylde barrel by ordering online today, or get in touch with our friendly, knowledgeable team to discuss compatibility and other options.

Frequently Asked Questions

What are the origins of .223 Wylde?

In the 1990s, Bill Wylde set to work to design a barrel that could safely and accurately fire both 5.56 NATO and .223 Rem cartridges. An engineer and gunsmith, Wylde designed the .223 Wylde barrel, which let him enjoy the versatility of both rounds and the convenience of a single barrel.

While the .223 Wylde has gained popularity since its introduction, it was initially difficult to find. Some gunsmiths were willing to modify existing .223 barrels to Wylde specs, but it usually meant a long wait. Today, the market availability for this special barrel has improved considerably.

What are the advantages of the .223 Wylde barrel?

Many elements go into making an accurate, successful shot, but one of the most important — other than the person behind the rifle — is the barrel and ammunition used. A .223 Wylde barrel allows you to feed 5.56 NATO and .223 Rem to fit your applications.

Conditions vary widely depending on where you're shooting and what your target is. There is enough difference in 5.56 NATO vs. .223 Rem cartridges that the ability to select between them can make a big difference in your success. With the .223 Wylde, you can choose the best ammunition for whatever task is at hand.

What’s the difference between 5.56 NATO and .223 Rem barrels?

Though these two cartridges look nearly identical on the outside, the difference lies in the chambers of the barrels designed to fire each round and the chamber pressure developed when you do.

A 5.56 NATO round is loaded to higher chamber pressures than the .223 Rem, which means barrels designed for the 5.56 NATO are designed to withstand greater chamber pressure. While you can fire a .223 Rem from a 5.56 NATO barrel, you sacrifice the accuracy that the cartridge is known for. Meanwhile, you cannot safely fire a 5.56 NATO round through a standard .223 barrel.

Are .223 Wylde barrels compatible with .223/5.56 lowers?

The beauty of the .223 Wylde barrel is that it’s compatible with lowers chambered in either 5.56 or .223, allowing shooters to shoot either round out of the same firearm.