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Posted: 1/5/2003 6:09:57 PM EDT
I've just got my first AR and about the only inexpensive ammo I can find locally comes in 55 grain.  This is my first small caliber rifle.

My question is, if I needed to use it for protection how effective is a 55 grain soft point or FMJ on an individual? Do hollow points fragment to quickly?  I know it all depends on where you place the shot but assuming you don't get the perfect shot.

Link Posted: 1/5/2003 6:41:46 PM EDT
[Last Edit: 1/5/2003 6:42:06 PM EDT by Sixgun357]
Read and learn. This will answer all your ammo questions.

Link Posted: 1/5/2003 6:41:56 PM EDT
Link Posted: 1/6/2003 7:58:33 AM EDT
[Last Edit: 1/6/2003 11:25:10 PM EDT by BigJ491]
Third times the charm...

I would be in the dark if I had never read what's on that page!  Don't stop there either.  The net is full of great bundles of info on ammunition, but ammo oracle is prolly the best place to start.
Link Posted: 1/7/2003 2:43:05 PM EDT
M193 is cheap and reliable. Not really sure what yoru criteria are, but that meets my two big ones.....



Link Posted: 1/7/2003 3:00:06 PM EDT
If the dead could talk, there'd be plenty of Vietnamese, Grenadians, Panamanians, Iraquis, etc. that could vouch that they are, in fact deadly,
I can attest, from hands on experience, in the latter two cases, that the .55 gn works fine. You are correct that shot placement is paramount,  I have no real experience with hollowpoints, but the standard Military load fragments quite nicely.
Link Posted: 1/7/2003 3:27:54 PM EDT
What range you shoot at?  I figure I don't want to be there when you experiment on the difference on humans. [bannana]
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