Hey Mas, First, let me say thanks in advance for your help. Whenever I look at the forums, yours always has more viewers than the others, and with good reason. I know this isn't the AR forum, but I need advice. I'm entering the AR market from the self defense, Katrina scenario perspective. I'm currently liking (for my preferences and budget) a Stag Arms Model 3 in 5.56/.223. It has a 1:9 twist rate. What bullet weights would you suggest to go with this rate based on your experiences? Or would it be better for me to go with something else? I plan on a tactical carbine class when time and finances allow. What advice can you offer for the financially limited individual in the AR realm? Your help is greatly appreciated.