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.223 for HD?

Discussion in 'GATE Self-Defense Forum' started by PirateLookingAtForty, Apr 4, 2011.

  1. Mas,

    There seem to be a growing number of people who believe that .223, with the right ammo (Hornady V-Max, Barnes Varmint Grenade, etc.) will exhibit less penetration in common building materials than will handgun rounds, or buckshot. Do you have any information or opinions on this?


  2. Mas Ayoob

    Mas Ayoob KoolAidAntidote Moderator

    Nov 6, 2005
    Jeff, Dr. Roberts' list of recommended .223 rounds is a good place to start:

    Some of the lighter, faster .223 loads (i.e., 40 grain bullet at 3800 fps) are likely to cause wounds of devastating width, but perhaps only six inches deep. Going center through the sternum of a facing attacker, they might cause massive damage and a very fast stop, but hitting sideways through the arm of a very large attacker might destroy the limb but not reach the thoracic cavity.

    I'd personally be inclined toward a 55 grain hollow point at 3200 fps.