Founded in 1961 and primarily known for manufacturing rimfire and shotgun shell, Aguila Ammunition has been gaining notice and popularity in the American firearms market in the last few years. Aguila also produces high quality rifle and pistol ammunition such as the 62 grain full metal jacket boat tail 5.56 round that we are looking at today.
Aquila designed this round for consistent accuracy at long ranges using the heavier 62 grain projectile to help maintain velocity and included the “boat tail” to provide stability during supersonic and even transonic flight. With an advertised velocity of 3,150 feet per second, this round certainly holds up to its design. Though it was engineered for long range performance, we have found this round to be a consistent performer at close and medium ranges also, making it a great choice for plinking, target or competition shooting as well as tactical training, and even small to medium game hunting.
The accuracy we’ve been getting is just as Aquila advertised as well. Anyone can be a sniper at CQB range but when we pushed these rounds out to just under 500 yards it was no problem to keep the groups tight, well within 1-2 MOA.
Quality control is another things that is helping Aquila’s ammunition gain a good reputation within the US market. They process and manufacture all the materials for the powder, primer and bullets in house, which leads to a consistent product that deliveries reliable performance. Each brass casing is annealed to ensure even ductility and the primers and projectiles are sealed to prevent moisture from entering from either end of the casing.
Overall we are really happy with the 62 grain FMJ rounds from Aquila. They fed reliably, held great groups, are well made, easy to find and competitively priced. It’s not an easy job to stand out in the flooded ammunition market but Aquila is doing a fine job. To quote their tagline “Guns are hungry, feed your firearm”