AR Ammo for self/home defense??

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  1. Mar 11, 2012 #1
    windsearcher

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    I did a search of the Ammo Can, and it seems there is plenty of discussion on home/self defense hand-gun ammo, but still haven't gotten to something that addresses what people stock up on for their defense ammo for their AR platform rifles.

    Currently, I'm stocking up on practice ammo, whatever cheap I can find.... but will need to look for something if I need to use the AR for its intended purpose.

    Have heard that I should load up with the green tip "penetrator" ammo, (forget the #)... but then there are also hollow points.

    Twist is 1:8 in my rifle and so I think that should cover all except the heaviest loads.

    Your thoughts guys?

    And, yes, I will continue to refine my searches, while I wait to hear what you guys have for thoughts.

    Thanks as always!!

     
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    fredj338

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    FOr around the home, I would stay away form the steel penetrator. Conventional 55gr FMJ has a good rep for breaking up on hard surfaces, why the better round was designed. So for around the home, SP, HP or even 55grFMJ is a better bet.
     
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    Thunder71

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    AR for home defense? I think I'd skip that idea myself unless you're the only house within a 5 mile radius.
     
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    windsearcher

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    @ Thunder and FredJ - you're right guys, I guess I should revise the question to read more like "self defense". For my home defense I'd actually use my Mossberg and / or XDM.

    I highly doubt that if there was anyone inside my house that I'd reach for the AR.

    I bought the AR with the thinking that I'll need it from about 35-40 yards out to 500 ish or so. The cheap FMJ ammo that I am stocking for the range I don't think would be my preferred defense ammo unless no other choice.

    So.... back to the question.... I do not expect to be in the "sandbox".... rather more like a situation in Great Britain, or even the LA riots if things start to fall apart here.

    In those cases, will want to keep the dirtbags off my property and away from my family. ------ so, with that theory, ammo??

    Thanks.
     
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    I'm stocked up on Hornady 55 gr v-max. It shoots real similar to their 55 gr SP that I use for plinking and practice.
     
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    Thunder71

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    Aha, that makes sense... thanks for the clarification, I'll keep an out on this because I'd be interested in the options as well.
     
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    I've got 77 grain hollow points for my AR
     
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    pleasantguywhopacksAXD

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    55Gr here and I do not live 5 miles from my neighbor. I feel more comfortable shooting it inside than 00 buck. Higher velocities will tend to break up the round and deflect quicker than 00 or 9mm or 45. Given the option I'll grab my AR and hole up in my room with my wife let the badguy come to me, call the cops.
     
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    Cuda66

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    Actually, most HP and SP .223 rounds will penetrate less walls than 00 buckshot or a 9mm, .40 or .45 JHP. The thin-jacketed, high velocity bullets start to yaw and come apart a lot faster...

    My personal choice is the 55gr Barnes TSX loaded under either Federal's Vital-Shok line or Barnes' own Vor-TX.

    Here's a bit more information on loads for defense/duty: 5.56 mm Duty Loads - M4Carbine.net Forums
     
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    Thunder71

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    Thanks Cuda, I had no idea just figured by sheer power alone they'd be through the house who knows where quite easily.

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