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Old 03-22-2015, 09:25   #1
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Home defense ammo

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Getting into AK's, have always been a 5.56 guy.

What is the best home defense round/ hollow point or soft point and how do you knowledgeable folks compare it to the 5.56 defense ammo?

Thanks in advance.
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Old 03-22-2015, 09:57   #2
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no doubt the 7.62x39 is a very effective round but if you want to know what is good for use indoors considering those kinds of implications, I am not sure I have a good answer.
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Old 03-22-2015, 10:04   #3
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Depending on the layout of your home, the potential shooting "lanes" and their proximity to other family members rooms, I'm not a big 7.62x39 fan for possible indoor home defense regardless of the bullet. Don't get me wrong I'm a big 7.62x39 fan I just think of it punching thru wall after wall indoors.
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Old 03-22-2015, 11:25   #4
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IMHO, for home defense with the right ammo?
5.56/.223 good.
7.62x39 bad.

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Old 03-22-2015, 12:25   #5
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I would load with SPs but you must run several mags of SPs through the rifle on a test run. Many people have had feeding problems with the SPs. HPs usually all run well.
Now do you want to run a medium range rifle/ammo in your house? If you live in city I would say no, out in the country maybe yes. Common sense rules here.
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Old 03-22-2015, 14:32   #6
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IMHO, for home defense with the right ammo?
5.56/.223 good.
7.62x39 bad.
Agreed completely. Most 5.56 has better terminal performance anyway. Bullet design of most 7.62 Soviet is poor, and fragmentation and yaw are inconsistent if even present. This means most 7.62x39 ends up going straight through with the ballistic profile similar to a pistol round FMJ. Over penetration is also a more serious concern with 7.62. Barrier penetration is the only area where 7.62x39 beats 5.56, and is undesirable in this scenario.

If you *must* use 7.62x39, Hornady SST is my first choice. Some JSP would be my second.
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Old 03-22-2015, 19:19   #7
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Thanks, gents. You confirmed what I was wondering about. I have a PLR 16 with a green laser and a Mini 14 with the same laser for HD and was just looking for "better" The new house will be more in the country with no neighbors around.
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Old 03-23-2015, 12:21   #8
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Hornady SST. The SST is an effective bullet. When shooting a rifle of any type indoors be mindful of hearing
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Old 03-24-2015, 00:16   #9
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FWIW I am not a big long gun fan for home defense. A good G31 or G22 will take care of business in tight indoor quarters where speed of movement and one free hand are essential! If however you must step outdoors, the game changes and a long gun would probably be your best bet.

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I've always been an advocate of a good 12 Ga when it comes to indoor home defense
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Old 03-24-2015, 16:01   #11
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I prefer a 12GA for HD, but if I did want to use only my AK, I would use 154grn soft points.

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Old 03-24-2015, 18:16   #12
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I've always been an advocate of a good 12 Ga when it comes to indoor home defense
Same here.
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