Which AR caliber?

Which AR caliber?

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    Which AR caliber?

    Been thinking about getting an AR but I have no idea what caliber to get. What do a lot of you have? How is the .45 ACP? I want something that will be lethal when the zombies come but not cost me an arm and a leg to practice with.
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    I have no experience with any .45APC ARs; I believe Olympic makes them, however. I do have a great deal of experience with Colt's 9mm SMG AR (10" bbl), and it is an outstanding weapon. A more versatile (and easily available) choice, however, might be an AR in 5.45x39 or 7.62x39, or, indeed, a "normal" AR in 5.56. Yes, this ammo is more expensive, but not EXCEPTIONALLY so. Plus, w/ a .22 conversion kit, you have the cheapest training ammo available...
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    5.56 and a .22 conversion kit. Best of both worlds - truly cheap practice / plinking, and full rifle caliber power for social purposes.

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    5.56x45 correct?
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    Correct.
    A man fires a rifle for many years, and he goes to war. And afterward he turns the rifle in at the armory, and he believes he's finished with the rifle. But no matter what else he might do with his hands - love a woman, build a house, change his son's diaper - his hands remember the rifle.

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    For commonality of parts and ease of ammo availability I would get a 5.56 with a .22 conversion, as noted above.

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    Quote Originally Posted by OPFOR View Post
    I have no experience with any .45APC ARs; I believe Olympic makes them, however. I do have a great deal of experience with Colt's 9mm SMG AR (10" bbl), and it is an outstanding weapon. A more versatile (and easily available) choice, however, might be an AR in 5.45x39 or 7.62x39, or, indeed, a "normal" AR in 5.56. Yes, this ammo is more expensive, but not EXCEPTIONALLY so. Plus, w/ a .22 conversion kit, you have the cheapest training ammo available...
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    5.56 and a .22 conversion kit. Best of both worlds - truly cheap practice / plinking, and full rifle caliber power for social purposes.

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    For commonality of parts and ease of ammo availability I would get a 5.56 with a .22 conversion, as noted above.

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    I wouldn't go with a specialty build, because at TEOTWAWKI you will be unable to find parts for it. Besides, .45ACP is ridiculously expensive right now. For the same money you can buy .223 (i.e. 5.56mm) and have a real rifle cartridge that is running about 3000 fps and 1000 fpe at the muzzle. Get a conversion kit and plink all day with .22 lr.
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