What Ammo to buy for my AR-15

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What Ammo to buy for my AR-15

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Post by jayinsat » Wed Dec 24, 2014 9:53 am

I'm looking for advice on what I should use as defensive ammo for my AR-15 build. It's chambered in 556 and has cycled every fmj i've put through it. I understand the pistol caliber defensive ammo concept but am clueless when it comes to rifle calibers. I don't hunt and this gun is used for plinking and competition mostly. In between range trips i'd like to have a mag loaded up with home defense ammo but don't know what I should use.

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Post by suthdj » Wed Dec 24, 2014 10:11 am

I buy cheap junk ammo for range and pre-frag or frangable for HD. Others will have other ideas, watch an read then pick your best option.
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Post by howdy » Wed Dec 24, 2014 11:30 am

I really don't think it matters all that much with the .223/556. Watch this video: The FMJ is devastating.
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Re: What Ammo to buy for my AR-15

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Post by Pawpaw » Wed Dec 24, 2014 11:35 am

THIS is what I keep loaded in my AR-15 for potential home defense use. It's surprisingly accurate in my 1:7 twist barrel. I get about 1 - 2 MOA at 100 yards, so it's plenty accurate for short range.

Here's a gel test video: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=0nqK_APlpdQ

My #1 concern is over penetration in a HD situation. This ammo may be slightly lacking in the penetration department but, being .223, I feel I can make up for that with volume (# of shots on target).
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Re: What Ammo to buy for my AR-15

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Post by prince312 » Thu Dec 25, 2014 11:12 pm

suthdj wrote:I buy cheap junk ammo for range and pre-frag or frangable for HD. Others will have other ideas, watch an read then pick your best option.
I don't think cheap junk ammo is advisable, because just the name "cheap junk" it would mean used and I guess it is no longer reliable. Imagine the word junk (waste in meaning).
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Post by Beiruty » Thu Dec 25, 2014 11:47 pm

In rifles, you would not want to be shot with any rd, FMJ or otherwise. As for over penetration. make sure no beloved is in the front or back of the BG.

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Re: What Ammo to buy for my AR-15

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Post by The Annoyed Man » Thu Dec 25, 2014 11:50 pm

For home defense, I've used pretty much any 55 grain softpoints I can get my hands on. Praise God I've never had to actually use my AR for HD, but my logic is that:
  1. a soft point bullet will be even more devastating and effective at inside-the-home ranges than an FMJ,
  2. at those short ranges, sub-MOA accuracy is not really a consideration, and therefore it really isn't necessary to spend money on match-grade or high-end hunting ammo as long as the ammo you buy will feed reliably in the gun, and
  3. a softpoint is less likely to be barrier-blind or over-penetrate than an FMJ.
I think that (A) is an even bigger consideration if your AR is an SBR, where failure of a bullet to perform due to reduced velocity can be a concern.

I am going to be building a suppressed SBR in 2015, and then I think it becomes a very practical HD weapon.....for the handiness of short length, yes, but primarily for the reduced noise. Only an idiot actually wants to pull the trigger on a firearm inside the home, without ear protection on. When I first built ARs, I did keep one ready for home defense in my bedroom, but at some point I came to the conclusion that perhaps a 12 gauge shotgun was a more practical choice for inside the house, and that's what I've kept in the bedroom ever since. But a suppressed SBR might be an even better choice.
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Re: What Ammo to buy for my AR-15

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Post by MoJo » Fri Dec 26, 2014 3:12 am

I use M193 or any M193 clone I have on hand. I also will use 55 grain soft point ammo. CorBon DPX is highly regarded. Like Beiruty said, you really don't want to be shot with any rifle loaded with Spitzer ammo. :tiphat:
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Re: What Ammo to buy for my AR-15

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Post by JSThane » Fri Dec 26, 2014 4:43 am

I keep mine loaded with Speer Gold Dot 64 grain softpoint, mainly because that's what's issued at work, and over the past several years I've managed to accumulate a small supply from the "leftovers" after qualifications. Were I to buy my own, I'd probably go with something in the 55-62 grain range, but still expanding.

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Re: What Ammo to buy for my AR-15

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Post by suthdj » Fri Dec 26, 2014 6:31 am

prince312 wrote:
suthdj wrote:I buy cheap junk ammo for range and pre-frag or frangable for HD. Others will have other ideas, watch an read then pick your best option.
I don't think cheap junk ammo is advisable, because just the name "cheap junk" it would mean used and I guess it is no longer reliable. Imagine the word junk (waste in meaning).
Let me phrase, the lowest cost ammo
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Re: What Ammo to buy for my AR-15

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Post by Weg » Thu Jan 01, 2015 8:15 pm

DRS 55 grain, never had a problem.

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Post by Weg » Thu Jan 01, 2015 8:16 pm

DRS 55 grain, never had a problem.

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Re: What Ammo to buy for my AR-15

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Post by cajunautoxer » Thu Jan 01, 2015 8:23 pm

I use Black Hill's 68 grain JP myself. I have 56 rounds loaded in my "bump in the night" AR


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Re: What Ammo to buy for my AR-15

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Post by dcphoto » Fri Jan 02, 2015 9:26 am

I use 75 grain Hornady TAP. I'll spare you the pictures, but they've done massive damage to the deer I've shot.

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Re: What Ammo to buy for my AR-15

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Post by LSUTiger » Thu Jan 22, 2015 9:44 pm

my primary everyday hd weapon is a pistol then shotgun so i dont have many options besides m855 or m193 fmj which i would not hesitate to rely on

I only have a couple of mags worth of the whiz bang type ammo like the 75gr hornady tap type of ammo. the 77 gr black hill mk262 mod 1 would also be a good choice. however this is expensive to buy in bulk so i dont have much on hand. i probably should stock up on it a little more to get at least a few
mags worth. maybe 210 rds (7 mags). 6 in chest rig 1 in gun. that should suffice any hd situation. if not then m855 or m193
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