What .223 ammo for home defense????

What .223 ammo for home defense????

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    What .223 ammo for home defense????

    Shooters:

    I have an AR with a 16 inch barrell and a 1 in 9 rifle twist.
    What quality .223 ammo would you recommend for home defense?

    Thank-you for your assistance!

    Semper Fi!


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    I'm using 60 grain Winchester PDX-1

    I thought that I would go back and edit this and enclose a link as to why I chose the PDX-1

    PDX1 Defender Product Demo



    Additionally the PDX-1 is available in all the calibers that I shoot. So, I have it in .380 ACP,
    .38 Special, .357 Magnum, and .45 ACP.

    Should I ever have to use the ammo in a defensive situation and it appears in court, the ammo packaging clearly states that it is Defender ammo and that it is to STOP THE THREAT. It's a small thing. But, in front of a jury, it could be a very important small thing.
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    I like keeping the top half hornady tap 55gr and m855 5.56 in the bottom half in the event of body armor

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    I like the 55gr Barnes TSX.
    There are no dangerous weapons; there are only dangerous men.--RAH

    ...man fights with his mind; the weapons are incidental.--Jeff Cooper


    There is a reason they try and make small bullets act like big bullets--Glockmann10mm

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    Best Choices for Self Defense Ammo

    Best Choices for Self Defense Ammo



    If Barrier penetration is NOT an important factor AND your rifle can stabilize them (1:9 minimum twist rate):
    Hornady 75gr OTM loads
    Nosler 77gr OTM loads
    Sierra 77gr SMK loads


    If Barrier penetration is NOT an important factor AND your rifle can't stabilize the heavy 70+ grain bullets:
    Sierra 69gr SMK loads
    Hornady 68gr OTM loads
    Winchester 64gr JSP (RA223R2)
    Federal 64gr TRU (223L)
    Hornady 60gr JSP


    If your rifle is 1:12 twist rate and can only shoot lighter-weight bullets:
    55gr Federal bonded JSP load (LE223T1 or P223T2)
    Barnes 55gr TSX/TAC-X
    50gr TSX loaded by Black Hills*


    If Barrier penetration IS an important factor (most of these should work with 1:9 barrels, but use common sense in regards to twist rate requirements)
    62gr Federal Trophy Bonded Bear Claw (TBBC) bonded JSP (XM556FBIT3)*
    64gr Winchester solid base bonded JSP (Q3313/RA556B)*
    50gr TSX loaded by Black Hills*
    Speer 55 & 64gr Gold Dot JSP (5.56)*
    Federal 62gr Mk318 Mod0 (T556TNB1)*
    62gr Federal bonded JSP Tactical (LE223T3)
    55gr Federal bonded JSP load (Tactical––LE223T1 or identical Premium Rifle––P223T2)
    Swift 75gr Scirocco (usually requires 1:7 twist)
    60gr Nosler Partition JSP
    Remington 62gr bonded JSP
    Federal 55gr TSX (T223S)
    Speer 55 & 64gr Gold Dot JSP (.223)
    Federal 62gr Fusion JSP (Same construction as the Gold Dot)

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    Quote Originally Posted by Sneaky View Post
    I have an AR with a 16 inch barrell and a 1 in 9 rifle twist.

    Hornady 75gr OTM loads

    "There is a secret pride in every human heart that revolts at tyranny. You may order and drive an individual, but you cannot make him respect you." William Hazlitt (1778 - 1830)

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