Review: Ruger AR 556 DIG AR-Style Carbine
Pat Cascio 08.22.16
Features, Fit, and Finish
I burned through 3 mags in short order with no problems just to function-test the AR 556. I settled in for the accuracy portion of testing, and I had a selection of 223 Rem and 5.56 ammo on hand:
- Black Hills 55-grain FMJ
- Black Hills 55-grain FMJ reloads
- Black Hills 55-grain soft point
- Black Hills 60-grain soft point
- Black Hills 5.56 77-grain OTM
- Buffalo Bore 69-grain JHP “sniper load”
Using the hood of my SUV with a rolled-up sleeping bag as a rest, I settled in for my accuracy testing. The weather was just about perfect. At 50 yards, I was able to keep most of the above loads inside an inch and a half if I did my part. The one standout was the Black Hills 60-grain soft point round. It was consistently shooting one-inch groups at 50 yards.
The Buffalo Bore 69-grainload was hot on the tail of that load and on another day, it might have been the champ in the accuracy department.
In all, I put slightly more than 500 rounds through the Ruger DIG AR 556 in the course of my shooting, and no problems were encountered.
What we have with the DIG Ruger AR 556 carbine is an above-average M4 type carbine with quite a few subtle differences from other M4 carbines.