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This is a discussion on Best brand of 556/223 SD ammo within the Defensive Ammunition & Ballistics forums, part of the Defensive Carry Discussions category; now first of all i don’t want to start a debate of if a 556 round is best home defense round or not. I will ...
now first of all i don’t want to start a debate of if a 556 round is best home defense round or not. I will not be using my AR for a primary HD weapon but my thoughts are if i have the rifle and it is in the house in a safe i should have some SD ammo for it, wouldn’t hurt.
now some info about my area, i live in a residential area with all concrete block construction houses with not much distance between houses (100 ft closest distance) but average would be more than that with streets factored in ext.
the rifle has a 16" barrel w/ a 1:9 twist
I know there are a lot of very reputable brands out there such as the Hornady TAP, Winchester ext ext ext. i was just wondering what everyone’s experience with different brands were and what suggestions would be on what would be the safest.
Last edited by J0eyg86; July 1st, 2012 at 07:51 PM.
The AR is so versatile that you need to match your ammo to the task and your twist rate/barrel length.
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Best Choices for Self Defense Ammunition
I use Hornady vmax but I figure the kind that don't miss is best
What if the Hokey Pokey IS what it's all about?
The two links provided are chock full of good info.
I like the Barnes TSX 55gr, m'self.
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IMO......55gr FMJ 5.56/.223. Barrel length 16" or less. You're not going to find much in the way of 5.56 specialty ammo. Most of the .223 available are HPs and are higher velocity varmint rounds. Over penetration your worries for neighbors? If you miss your target be sure of your backstop (since you choose a high powered rifle). The FMJ bullet design in this caliber will turn or tumble if not a direct hit and subsequently loose velocity very quickly. Sheetrock, 2x4s, hollow core doors aluminum or wood, etc. HPs will dig into construction materials and may very well expand and retain enough velocity to make a second cut or fragment on exit of the first barrier. I have absolutely no data, experience, nor statistics to back up my theory.
Barrier penetration? Try a bonded soft point or copper bullet like Barnes TTSX.
For no barrier penetration expected (most of us would fall into this category) there are many options and it's hard to go wrong. Pretty much any .223/5.56 round that falls into this category is likely going to fragment violently, including FMJs, however FMJs do not fragment consistently round to round. The rounds I use are loaded with 55gr Hornady V-max bullets. Hornady TAP is an equivalent. My alternate load is 55gr Federal bonded soft points.
I have a 16" 1:8 twist 5.56 chamber AR. While many would consider a 12GA shotgun ideal for home defense, don't let anybody make you think an AR is not an appropriate weapon for HD. The wide variety of fast, light weight, tumbling and fragmenting defense rounds used a 5.56 AR-15 will likely penetrate through fewer walls in your home than many pistol rounds or buck shot. The knock-down power of a good .223/5.56 round will probably stop any confrontation quicker than any duty-caliber pistol will.
I've wondered about the Hornady TAP Urban loads? They seem to be directed the way you're interested.
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I currently use Black Hills 5.56 rounds loaded with 77gr OTM Matchkings. Boom goes the dynamite.
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The majority of the ammo I use is for practice and for that I use Wolf. Never had an issue. Use the steel case Teflon coated not lacquer coated. It's cheap and works well. Maybe a tad dirty but cleaning isn't a problem.
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Unless my home is being stroemd by the Zombie hoard, I cannot imagine uncorking an AR in mi Casa.
BTW: I'm intimately familiar with firing ARs inside of structures...