Recommend a 5.56 round for SD/HD

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  1. Aceman

    Aceman

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    I'm using it in a 10.5" AR pistol.

    What is a good high performance anti-zombie round? Something that is not basic green tip.

    Also - no "frangible" crap. Not worried about over penetrating dry wall etc. If the round is safe, not interested!
     
  2. GlockFish

    GlockFish Floyd

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    Gold Dots 62gr. Hornady TAP.
    I’d go for 62, 75, 77 gr’s.
    But I wouldn’t discount plain old reliable military. Get whatever you can find at this point.
     

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    nikerret Mr. Awesome

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    What’s the twist rate?

    Blanket statement:
    Gold Dots or Federal TRU tend to be solid choices.
     
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    The hornady SBR round is excellent.
     
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    Get a 450 bushmaster upper for your AR pistol.
     
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    The best rounds are the two that go to COM and one between the eyes.
     
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    My 10.5” is loaded with Hornady TAP.
     
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    George Kaplan emeritus

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    Black Hills 5.56x45mm NATO 50 grain TSX Optimised.
     
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    Joshhtn The eBay Guy Gold Member

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    I run 64gr Gold Dots in my 10.5" & 16" ARs and sleep well at night. I also have the 55 grain flavor and wouldn't hesitate to trust those, either.

    I also wouldn't hesitate to trust plain old M193 to get the job done...
     
  10. syntaxerrorsix

    syntaxerrorsix Anti-Federalist CLM

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    I'm in the XM193 camp. It's what I stock and it's what every weapon was zero'd with.
     
  11. LostinTexas

    LostinTexas Exploring Alternate Routes

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    Gold Dot, Fusion, Black Hills 77 gr, XM193,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,
    For SD range, even with a short barrel, they will all do the job.
     
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    This. If or when you can find it, its designed for short barrels. The powder is designed to burn in the barrel and not have an abundance of powder still burning after the bullet leaves the barrel.

    I still like soft-points in 55-64 grain from Winchester and Federal. $10 a box or less on sale in normal times. Good performance.

    I keep Federal Power-Shok .223 55 grain in my home defense rifles. It has good ballistics, and wont over-penetrate building materials. I have a ton of .223 Gold Dot but its bonded ammo and will penetrate like the dickens through drywall.
     
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    I have the Federal LE Premium 55 gr Tactical Sierra Game Tips, myself. Haven't used them yet on anything that would tell me exactly how good they are. Really don't want to...
     
  14. Aceman

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    Lot's of great answers here, informative and entertaining!

    First - my Home Defense Rifle is a Mossberg 500....Performance talks and BS walks.
    Second - Philosophically, I am always more than comfortable with a FMJ in the basic round/caliber; 115 FMJ 9mm, 762x39 FMJ, whatever

    And - great question about twist rate. I have no idea in this gun!

    I see some reeks for heavier, or very heavy rounds. Talk to me about this. This is a Rifle caliber pistol serving Pistol caliber carbine duty, or PDW....think 50-100yd use.

    And the Hornady SBR is intriguing...didn't know they made that! Although it is shame to lose the blast "effect" intimidation factor. My Rem 7600 30-06 Carbine is always a hit at the range flash blinding people nearby!!! What's a little powder burn loss (besides power/range) in the name of cool fire belching barrel?!?!?!
     
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    I’m running pmc 55 grain soft point in my ar pistol. Found a deal on it. Shoots good. Hits where my 55 fmj’s do. I live in bfe Missouri and my ar pistol is used more for critters and such around the property than anything else, however, have full confidence in the soft points on two legged unwanted guests.


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    Another Gold Dot fan in 223/556
     
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    LostinTexas Exploring Alternate Routes

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    Twist rate should be stamped on your barrel somewhere. Heavier(longer) bullets will need a faster twist rate to stabilize.
    Longer rounds will disrupt more tissue when it begins to Yaw. The faster is just faster, despite the love, you are giving up a lot of barrel performance (speed) with the short barrel. The round needs to go fast enough to be able to do what it does. Some expand, other yaw, none will do it under their performance speed.
    If it will penetrate a BG, it will also go through several sheetrock walls, so be sure of your backstop.
    In almost any case, you should be fine in the 50-100 yard range. You should also consider that a 10.5 inch barrel fired inside is capable of rupturing ear drums. Make sure to put a set of muffs with it.
     
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    Even though you don't want fragmenting the 77gr TMK works great out of a 10.5" barrel at those ranges. The 62gr Federal Fusion works well too!
     
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    For my 10.5" SBR - Lake City ball - it works. I've got other more exotic stuff but the LC or Win Q3131 works well. If things get really weird I'll put in my 12.5" 6.8 SPC barrel and bolt and go with Fed Fusion soft points. :cheers:
     
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    Golddot 64gr in my 16" Colt 6920.
     
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