5.56'ers...are you sorry you didn't get into .308 / 7.62x51 from the start?

Discussion in 'Black Rifle Forum' started by slackercruster, Oct 23, 2020.

  1. rock_castle

    rock_castle With Liberty and Justice for all.

    Messages:
    20,446
    Likes Received:
    44,554
    Joined:
    Jan 22, 2014
    5.56 is king and 6.5 Grendel is what the AR should have been from the beginning.
     
    mj9mm likes this.
  2. Blackshirt

    Blackshirt

    Messages:
    1,400
    Likes Received:
    1,590
    Joined:
    Mar 3, 2006
    Location:
    Waldheim, LA
    Lightweight ammunition has some big advantages. Lightweight ammo with 3000 FPS+ speed and good accuracy is better still. Don’t forget the secondary terminal ballistics that tight barrel twist produces, either. It’s no surprise that many militaries and security agencies use 5.56x45.
     

  3. Firecop203

    Firecop203

    Messages:
    1,954
    Likes Received:
    1,408
    Joined:
    Aug 23, 2004
    Location:
    Oklahoma
    I learned some lessons with the AWB. Stock up on the most common calibers and firearms.
    AR-15
    AK
    12 gauge
    Glocks in 9mm and 45.

    I buy factory ammo if I find it on sale. I reload and cast all my practice ammo. Even during the bans 12 gauge is always on the shelf.
     
  4. oogy_pls

    oogy_pls

    Messages:
    136
    Likes Received:
    213
    Joined:
    Sep 25, 2020
    Location:
    Warzone on Lake Michigan
    I have both because why not.
     
  5. slackercruster

    slackercruster

    Messages:
    1,384
    Likes Received:
    1,936
    Joined:
    Feb 6, 2017
    Location:
    Born L.A. - NYC 2nd Home - Rustbelt is Home Base
    I had heard these don't feed well or is it just the home built models?
     
    Last edited: Oct 24, 2020
  6. slackercruster

    slackercruster

    Messages:
    1,384
    Likes Received:
    1,936
    Joined:
    Feb 6, 2017
    Location:
    Born L.A. - NYC 2nd Home - Rustbelt is Home Base
    Them are pretty! They had 1 SCAR in desert camo here for sale in 4 months. It sold for $4,000. No other 308's to speak of here other than bolt action.

    I have a Wilson Combat Recon 308. Nice, lightweight gun. I wish I could have got a Sig 308 as well, but none to be found.

    bg16-wilson-762.jpg

    Sure I'd still have some 5.56, but just less and more 308.
     
    Last edited: Oct 24, 2020
    mj9mm, nursetim, treg and 1 other person like this.
  7. Gauss Rifle

    Gauss Rifle

    Messages:
    568
    Likes Received:
    1,203
    Joined:
    Jul 1, 2012
    I "wanted" to get into .308 but I have neither the "need" for it nor a place to shoot it (pistols, shotguns and 5.56 only at our ranges).

    Also, where I live, any threats I'm likely to encounter are going to be at close range. .308 is a great round but you can do a lot of damage with a 5.56 up close.

    [​IMG]
     
    mj9mm likes this.
  8. bgreed

    bgreed

    Messages:
    412
    Likes Received:
    355
    Joined:
    Nov 21, 2007
    Location:
    MIchigans west coast
    I split the difference and went 6.8 SPC not much heavier in rifle weight or ammo weight than a 5.56 with 70%of the terminal ballistics if a .308.


    Sent from my iPhone using Tapatalk
     
    Last edited: Oct 25, 2020
    billy_56081 likes this.
  9. knoxrocks222

    knoxrocks222

    Messages:
    1,475
    Likes Received:
    1,327
    Joined:
    Jan 5, 2009
    Nope, my .223s have a place, and a job, just like my 6.5 creedmoor, and .308s
     
    10or45 likes this.
  10. Lot

    Lot

    Messages:
    223
    Likes Received:
    175
    Joined:
    Dec 11, 2003
    Location:
    South Dakota
    As the saying goes "mission drives the gear train", so for OP's question it would depend on what someone getting a 5.56 wanted it for in the first place, and if that is working out OK for them.
     
    RWBlue, mj9mm and 10or45 like this.
  11. 10or45

    10or45 NRA Benefactor Life Member

    Messages:
    3,272
    Likes Received:
    4,344
    Joined:
    Jan 5, 2013
    Location:
    PNW
    Both, including 300 BLK. they all serve a purpose and have different degrees of mobility.
     
    mj9mm likes this.
  12. GlockFan7

    GlockFan7

    Messages:
    6,259
    Likes Received:
    4,200
    Joined:
    Apr 14, 2013
    No regrets with any of my firearms or caliber choices. I bought exactly what I wanted.
     
    OldOutlaw likes this.
  13. cowboy1964

    cowboy1964

    Messages:
    30,837
    Likes Received:
    17,777
    Joined:
    Sep 4, 2009
    Location:
    U.S.A.
    Not at all. 30 cals are great rounds for certain applications but home defense and SHTF really isn't one of them.
     
    NewWaveGuy and DocCasualty like this.
  14. OldOutlaw

    OldOutlaw

    Messages:
    27
    Likes Received:
    57
    Joined:
    Oct 22, 2020
    Location:
    Eastern Iowa
    I have had a BCA 7.72X39 upper for two years now. The ASC magazines were a big problem with feeding. So were the C Products before change of owners. So, I tried the "New" C Products Defense brand. Immediately all feed problems abruptly ended.
     
    slackercruster and vitalibertas like this.
  15. TheDreadnought

    TheDreadnought

    Messages:
    9,753
    Likes Received:
    18,577
    Joined:
    Dec 15, 2014
    Lol don’t tell that to My dad. His weapon of choice is an AK chambered in .308.

    I asked him if he expected to have to shoot a lot of bad guys through refrigerators.
     
  16. e150gt

    e150gt

    Messages:
    329
    Likes Received:
    487
    Joined:
    Jun 15, 2010
    Location:
    San Antonio, TX
    Home defense? sure. Shtf? Guess it depends. I wanted a 308 in case things ever really get out of hand. I'll have the power should I need it. For home defense I have an 870.
     
  17. DonGlock26

    DonGlock26

    Messages:
    74,261
    Likes Received:
    71,585
    Joined:
    Jan 18, 2001
    I'm very happy with my 5.56mm Colt 6920LE. That said, I have an AK and a 12ga too.


    [​IMG]
     
    Gaston_Convert and mj9mm like this.
  18. SpringerTGO

    SpringerTGO

    Messages:
    4,165
    Likes Received:
    1,916
    Joined:
    Jul 30, 2011
    I've got a few 556's and a 308. The 308 is probably the last rifle I would grab for home protection. My 300BO Suppressed SBR would be the first, followed by my 556 SBR. The big, heavy, higher recoiling, over penetrating 308 is way down the list. If I lived on a ranch I might have a different opinion.
     
    GlockPride and mj9mm like this.
  19. faawrenchbndr

    faawrenchbndr CLM

    Messages:
    41,984
    Likes Received:
    8,108
    Joined:
    Nov 24, 2005
    Location:
    Denver, IN
    Got both years ago.
    Stacked ammo for both years ago
     
    garya1961 and J_Rico like this.
  20. OldOutlaw

    OldOutlaw

    Messages:
    27
    Likes Received:
    57
    Joined:
    Oct 22, 2020
    Location:
    Eastern Iowa
    Where I live is a box valley/canyon. Shooting lanes are straight East or West down the lane about 200 yards each direction.. The rest is all heavy thick woods. So in addition to my 5.56 AR's, I wanted one with super penetration through those woods.

    Therefore my selection of a couple of 350 Legend Uppers. I hunt here with a 350L and it does go through brush like nothing. Easy kill at even 200 yards. Superior penetration which is what I wanted available to me.


    View: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ldhZuiF7gIg
     
    mj9mm likes this.