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Posted: 8/16/2007 6:38:36 AM EDT
Hey guys,

I'm new to the forum and have a question about what ammo I should put in my M4 for home defense. I just got my first M4 (Bushmaster XM15) and slapped and eotech 512 and a A.R.M.S. flip up rear sight on it. Anyways about the ammo I am in search of a round that causes a significant trauma (Hollow Point), Reliable, and accurate to a certain degree. I have family living in my home aswell and a round that would not over penetrate would be great a plus. Although I never want to shoot anyone... Everyone who has endagered my family in my dwelling will. I just want to make sure that if I ever have to shoot someone for the reason listed above that the round will do the trick.

Thanks,
j0hn

BTW the M4 is great and I haven't finished building it yet.
Link Posted: 8/16/2007 6:41:42 AM EDT
The ammo forum is a good place to start.
Link Posted: 8/16/2007 6:56:50 AM EDT
Depends.

On my 1:7 barrels I keep three mags loaded with Hornady TAP FPD 75gr BTHP. Accurate, works well enough.

But then again, that is my opinion. take it for what it's worth.
Link Posted: 8/16/2007 7:16:47 AM EDT
Link Posted: 8/16/2007 7:22:55 AM EDT
Ok thanks still learning the site
Link Posted: 8/16/2007 7:34:23 AM EDT
No problems, just trying to get you the most info we can.
Link Posted: 8/16/2007 8:03:06 AM EDT
The truth is that most good 55-77 Gr. bullets will get the job done, but the heavier 77/75/69/68 Gr. BTHP bullets are the better choices. But don't feel undepowererd withe something like the Hornady 55 Gr. TAP, just as long as you understand that the lighter bullets are not great against barriers.
Link Posted: 8/16/2007 8:03:36 AM EDT

Originally Posted By EHilderbrand:
Depends.

On my 1:7 barrels I keep three mags loaded with Hornady TAP FPD 75gr BTHP. Accurate, works well enough.

But then again, that is my opinion. take it for what it's worth.

same here
Link Posted: 8/16/2007 8:04:44 AM EDT
Link Posted: 8/16/2007 8:05:35 AM EDT


Go with the TAP.
Link Posted: 8/16/2007 8:06:39 AM EDT
Link Posted: 8/16/2007 8:23:55 AM EDT
I like Hornady TAP.
Link Posted: 8/16/2007 8:26:06 AM EDT

Originally Posted By Forest:

Originally Posted By DM1975:
No problems, just trying to get you the mostbest info we can.


Quality over quantitiy anyday


Whateva... Truth is you have to weed through all the bullshit no matter where you go here.
Link Posted: 8/16/2007 8:28:41 AM EDT
The best ammo for your gun is ammo you have function checked and sighted in correctly.
Link Posted: 8/16/2007 8:31:24 AM EDT
Link Posted: 8/16/2007 8:37:54 AM EDT
If you read the tacked threads and FAQ's yes, but if you start asking you start getting opinions, and this is a very opinionated place.
Link Posted: 8/16/2007 8:40:39 AM EDT
Link Posted: 8/16/2007 8:41:17 AM EDT
I'm getting good enough information here... you guys all reply so fast... I know that ball ammo would do the trick just the same but this ammo is not going to be ammo i shoot at the range everyday. (too expensive) However my rifle will most definately be sighted in for it and reliability is a must. thanks for all the info anyways . i think i am going to get a box of hornady tap and take it to the range to see how it handle/ feeding/ reliability/ accuracy/ ect.

thanks again
j0hn
Link Posted: 8/16/2007 8:45:00 AM EDT
Link Posted: 8/16/2007 8:53:09 AM EDT
Forest, what do you like in a defensive round if you were to reload your own?
Link Posted: 8/16/2007 8:59:51 AM EDT
Link Posted: 8/16/2007 9:01:36 AM EDT
[Last Edit: 8/16/2007 9:27:12 AM EDT by ALPHAGHOST]
www.ar15.com/content/page.html?id=237

"The short summary is as follows:
1. Loads using the Nosler 77gr or Hornady 75gr OTM bullet.
2. Loads using the Sierra 77gr MK.
3. Loads using the 68gr Hornady OTM.
4. Loads using the 69gr Sierra MK.
5. Loads using Trophy-Bonded Bear Claw bullets.
6. Loads using the Winchester 64gr PowerPoint bullet.
7. M193-class ammo, 55gr FMJ-BT bullet.
8. M855-class ammo.
"
Link Posted: 8/16/2007 9:04:41 AM EDT

Originally Posted By Forest:
I buy 75gr TAP and Black Hills Blue Box.

However I now have the components now to load my own.

I've not worked out which powder I'm going to use yet. The follow are being experimented with:
WCC844
Varget
H322

Brass is once fired LC with CCI primers.

For bullets I've got the Hornady 75gr OTM. The only difference is mine don't have the cannalure (not available currently as a reloading component) so I'll be using the Lee FCD (like I do with my 6.8 loads).

What do you think of Accurate 68?
Link Posted: 8/16/2007 9:17:13 AM EDT
winchester ballistic silvertip
Link Posted: 8/16/2007 10:29:40 AM EDT

Originally Posted By Forest:
I buy 75gr TAP and Black Hills Blue Box.

However I now have the components now to load my own.

I've not worked out which powder I'm going to use yet. The follow are being experimented with:
WCC844
Varget
H322

Brass is once fired LC with CCI primers.

For bullets I've got the Hornady 75gr OTM. The only difference is mine don't have the cannalure (not available currently as a reloading component) so I'll be using the Lee FCD (like I do with my 6.8 loads).


Where are you getting the 75 grn OTM from?
Link Posted: 8/16/2007 10:46:21 AM EDT
[Last Edit: 8/16/2007 10:47:10 AM EDT by Forest]
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