.223 cal. Ammo for Home Defense

.223 cal. Ammo for Home Defense

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  • Federal Premuim .223 REM 55gr. Sierra GK-BTHP

    4 12.50%
  • Federal .223 REM 69gr. Sierra MK-BTHP

    4 12.50%
  • Winchester .223 PowerPoint 64gr.-SP

    12 37.50%
  • Hornady .223 TAP-FPD-75gr

    12 37.50%
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    .223 cal. Ammo for Home Defense

    What would you choose for Home Defense with a Ruger Mini-14 with a 1/9 twist

    (1) Federal Premuim .223 Rem 55gr. Sierra GK-BTHP

    (2) Federal 69gr. Sierra MK-BTHP

    (3) Winchester PowerPoint 64gr.-SP

    (4) Hornady TAP-FPD-75gr.


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    Of the choices I selected Winchester PP. I have no experience with the TAP and the 75 grain bullet may not stabilize in your 1:9 Barrel.
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    It's not on your list, but I'm using Winchester PDX1 Defender.
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    Quote Originally Posted by 40Bob View Post
    Of the choices I selected Winchester PP. I have no experience with the TAP and the 75 grain bullet may not stabilize in your 1:9 Barrel.
    Here's a link showing a TAP box with the 1/9 twist. 200 Rounds Hornady .223 Rem 75 gr TAP FPD #80268 : Rifle Ammunition at GunBroker.com

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    Mine isn't on the list either.The last i bought, was the only kind they had at the time,and that was PMC 223 55 gr.

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    That 69 gr. Sierra bullet is a match bullet, so I'd rule it out immediately.
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    I think bullet stabilization isn't a serious consideration at home-defense distances. Even out to 100 yards, the "wrong" twist rate for a given .223 bullet weight will still be within "minute of bad guy" accurate.
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    I'd choose whatever is in stock



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    I load 60 gr Ballistic tip Nosler. Makes a pretty good mess of whatever it hits.
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    I was just planning on sending about 30 rounds of standard fmj as a greeting card.

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    Either the Winchester or Hornady would probably work just fine.

    As another member commented the Sierra BTHP are match bullets - their terminal performance is not likely to be all that good.

    I have a reasonable stock of 55grain soft point and hollow point ammo from a couple different manufacturers that I'm confident will work just fine. I now have a 16" AR with a 1:7 twist in the barrel, so I can shoot the newest, latest, greatest, highest speed, lowest drag all-copper bullets as soon as I get around to care enough to buy some. Until then, I'll sleep well at night knowing that a 55 grain SP or HP bullet at over 3000 FPS will work just fine.

    As far as using 55 grain FMJ goes....yes, that is probably an "okay" plan - since when it's in a human body, and FMJ round will start to break apart at the cannelure as soon as it starts yawing - but there are two potential problems with that idea.

    #1. It only works if the velocity of the round is over 3000 FPS at the moment of impact - otherwise the bullet stays together.

    #2. If you have rounds that miss the badguy and go into objects, I'd guess that FMJ will penetrate an object and "keep on trucking" to a greater extent than a bullet of equivalent weight that is a soft point, hollow point, or even a Nosler.

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    mine is loaded with 62 grain winchester balistic tip designed for shooting pigs... if it can mess up a 300 lb boar im pretty sure it will work
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    id be happy to have tulammo when ever i can get or find an AR at the right price. but any bullet would do the job. bad guy wont know the difference between a hornady winchester or tulammo if shot with one

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