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If the SHTF and you have to defend, which bullet would you want?

Discussion in 'Preparedness & Survival' started by Gunner3456, Oct 29, 2009.

  1. Gunner3456

    Gunner3456 Salem Well-Known Member

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    OK, I'm getting ready to load some more 5.56 rounds for my AR.

    Question. The military uses 55gr FMJ due to the Geneva convention. But, if you were defending your home or bugging out, would you rather have:

    1. FMJ

    2. PSP

    3. JHP

    I'm not asking about bullet weight or whether this is the "best" caliber, just type of bullet for self defense. A FMJ will penetrate heavy clothing, helmets, etc. better, but the others "might" have more stopping power?

    Which would it be?
     
  2. Randini

    Randini Salem Member

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    I put the JHP aside for a defense round. reason I want to tear-up what I hit.
     
  3. 56kninja

    56kninja Portland Member

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    JHP.

    I assume Im defending against bandits. Also useful for hunting.

    but I have a good supply of FMJs. Any bullet is good enough.
     
  4. Gunner3456

    Gunner3456 Salem Well-Known Member

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    OK, why JHP instead of PSP which is what most people hunt with in a rifle? FWIW, I've learned that PSP and JHP both feed fine and are accurate in my AR-15.

    ??
     
  5. 56kninja

    56kninja Portland Member

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    No reason in particular, both work fine.

    The only down side to soft points is that in my AK, they the tip will get deformed when they get pushed into the chamber.
     
  6. jordanvraptor

    jordanvraptor Oregon City, Oregon Well-Known Member

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    I use Wolf 55gr JHP loads cause they are cheap and I think they would be pretty effective out of my 20 inch barrel AR. I think a lot of police depts use the TAP round and it has a pretty good track record. If you got a M4 carbine with 1 in 7 twist I would be worried about overpenetration and knockdown power as that seems to be the combo that is producing the horror stories.
     
  7. torpedoman

    torpedoman land of corrupt politicians Member

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    Use fmj like the military for the same reason--- fmj will wound rather than kill (that movie crap were the wounded guy is back up shooting in three minutes is bull) when you wound you tie up more people and resources than if you kill, people will be trying to rescue and save the wounded, they are busy doing something other than attacking you. However i want a 30 caliber bullet the 223 is a fine varmit round but only the military thinks it is a good round for military use. We won two world wars shooting a 30-06 and a 45 cal pistol Just how many wars have we actually won since downsizing our ammo.
     
  8. Randini

    Randini Salem Member

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    If it's a true full blown SHTF scenario and I have to defend I just want the most rip an shread round, I'am looking for damage myself.
     
  9. Sun195

    Sun195 Pugetropolis, WA Well-Known Member

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    JHP for handguns; FMJ for rifles; 00 Buckshot for shotguns (since that's what I have).
     
  10. dario541

    dario541 medford, or 97504 Member

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    I agree with this person 100 percent. I would make the same choices. Hollow points make a handgun a little more dependable. For a rifle, FMJ will do sufficient damage - I believe that most people who are shot with anything are going to want a doctor as quickly as possible. I don't think you can beat double ought buck for a shotgun. Way to go, sun195!
     
  11. Buddhalux

    Buddhalux Hillsboro, Oregon Active Member

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    :thumbup:
     
  12. UncalledForGabe

    UncalledForGabe Aloha Or. Member

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    Is the 40mm out of the question? :D
    I think I would go with the hollow points for my pistol and ar. I dont think too many "bandits" would be carrying type IIIa or better body armor...
     
  13. Mr.510

    Mr.510 Belfair Washington Member

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    FMJ for rifles, JHP for handguns.


    FWIW: The Geneva Conventions had nothing to do with bullet types. These conventions regulate how victims of war are to be treated: POWs, civilians, refugees, etc.

    The Hague Convention of 1899 included:
    http://avalon.law.yale.edu/19th_century/dec99-03.asp

    :)
     
  14. timbernet

    timbernet Boring, Oregon Member

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    :thumbup: That is what I would do...

    That said, I have 1k rounds of .40 in FMJ and only 80 rounds of it in JHP.... so hopefully I don't need more than 80 rounds....



    Once I finish my Predator drone and get it outfitted with some Hellfire missiles I will feel much better about the security of the property. ;);)
     
  15. finch6013

    finch6013 Oregon City Active Member

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    JHP in my pistol, FMJ in my AR and a few buckshot fallowed by a few slugs in the shotgun. Buckshot for the close up guys and the slug for the sisy running off after his friend gets blasted.
     
  16. Gunner3456

    Gunner3456 Salem Well-Known Member

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    Good catch. My bad. The military still uses fmj and I wonder if it's the most lethal. ??
     
  17. Guilty

    Guilty Salem, Oregon Active Member

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    For home defense:
    Hornady TAP FPD 75 grain JHP for my AR15's.
    SSA 110 grain Nosler Accu Bond for my 6.8SPC's.
    Winchester JHP Talon's for my handguns.
     
  18. Oohrah

    Oohrah NorthwestSouthern Oregon Coast Member

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    .223 jacketed soft points Cheap, expand, and ya might need to eat what you shoot. All handguns, Gold Dots for Short Barrels, Self Protection. Although if I could afford it,
    TAP on the 223. and possible in handguns the new Hornady poly tipped self defense round. First choices are my reloads!
     
  19. Gunner3456

    Gunner3456 Salem Well-Known Member

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    OK guys, I appreciate all of the replies and I think everyone has good points here.

    However, I started this thread saying I was preparing to reload some rounds for my 5.56 AR-15 and I still want opinions and reasons as to which of the three options you believe are best for self defense.

    I talked to a guy who just did a tour in Afghanistan. He'd want FMJ for the chance of penetrating a helmet or heavy clothing especially at longer range.

    Another guy, a marine vet said no, hollow points because they do more damage to tissue.

    He also was afraid that PSP wouldn't feed well - might damage the point on feeding but I haven't found that to be the case at all nor have others I've talked to who use them.

    Please, what is your experience with these bullet types in an AR-15? Have you hunted with an AR-15 maybe? It's legal for deer in Oregon if you use a 5 round mag.

    Anyone ??
     
  20. Oohrah

    Oohrah NorthwestSouthern Oregon Coast Member

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    Unless your AR is accurate enough to make a peach shot, that area above the the nose, that a round will get to the medula, it won't matter which you use! The hollow point at short high velocity distances, may not hold together to penetrate to major organs. I agree that the more tissue that gets destroyed the quicker the fight ends. Any multiple hits in a major vital area will end in death. Even outside of that zone will result in death if not medically treated. My concern isn't with the tissue damage, but getting deep enough internally for that damage. A soft point expanding bullet I believe will allow that time release needed for a little deeper. The FMJ has some varibles to where it may tumble making a terrible mess to where it just goes through and through with not much tissue damage. Or hits a major bone
    deflecting a different pathway. None of them would I consider a reliable armor penetrator unless an AP round such as the 30-06 AP.
    Therefore, my pick would be the middle choice of the expanding soft point, that would hold together better that the hollow point, and still on the average give better tissue damage over the FMJ. The FMJ is the better penetrator, but there are two many factors on what action that bullet will take.
    Remember in it's original state, it falls between a .222 Rem and a .22Rem. Mag. Both are varmit cartridges, and many states still declare the .223 not adequate for deer in most cases. Now it's deemed an adequate man hunting cartridge? Okay. It's not an accurate look at this question you ask, as heavier bullets that are hollow pointed may be the ticket, but my feeling always has been of why, abandon a working caliber to be able to carry more ammo?