AR Ammo for self/home defense??

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  1. windsearcher

    windsearcher XDTalk 3K Member

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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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    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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    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 XDTalk 3K Member

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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.
     
  5. Frontier Owner

    Frontier Owner XDTalk 1K Member

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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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    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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    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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    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
     
  10. 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.

    Sent using Tapatalk on Android
     
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    Cudda is right. Stay away from any fmj 62 gr or 55gr the don't perform as well as a good hp or sp.
     
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    I agree with Cuda about the ar penetrating less then OO buck or any handgun round. I have seen handgun and shotgun rounds penetrate 3 or 4 walls and .223 stop at one and a half.

    I use Hornady TAP 55gr. Which is basicaly a varmit round for 2 legged vermin.They also make a 70gr as well if you want a heavier bullet.
     
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    agalindo XDTalk 15K Member Founding Member

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    Oh hornady 75 gr tap in mine. Sits next to my nightstand
     
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    This is true^

    I use Hornady TAP NTX 40gr. (have a 30 round mag full, always in my AR, when its at home). Its basicly a VMAX bullet loaded in a nickel case. And hopefully if I were to miss it would stop in my fridge or my wall and not go through. My apartment layout gives me a tactical advantage to any inturder. Unless they can jump into my second floor window.
     
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    One of my personal favorites is the Federal T556TNB1 Fed 5.56 62gr OTM also known as MK318.

    I'm also a big fan of the 75gr & 77gr Hornady TAP line.

    However, if you decide you can ONLY have ONE type stored in larger quantity, then I'd suggest any of the Federal M193 bulk ammo.

    You can read more about some of the reasons for this M193 choice here: :: Ammo Oracle
     

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