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    Default Best 5.56 for HD in a apartment

    I'm looking for a .223 or 5.56 round for home defence in my 2 bed room condo. I'm on the 1st floor, there are 4 units on each floor in a 3 floor building.

    I need a round that won't penetrate through multiple walls where it can possibly hit my neighbors.
    That being said, it also needs enough penetration to stop an armed or multiple armed attackers.

    What would you recommend?

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    Default Re: Best 5.56 for HD in a apartment

    Quote Originally Posted by Will3212 View Post
    I'm looking for a .223 or 5.56 round for home defence in my 2 bed room condo. I'm on the 1st floor, there are 4 units on each floor in a 3 floor building.

    I need a round that won't penetrate through multiple walls where it can possibly hit my neighbors.
    That being said, it also needs enough penetration to stop an armed or multiple armed attackers.

    What would you recommend?
    Not 223/556.

    Maybe frangible rounds if that's your only caliber option.

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    Default Re: Best 5.56 for HD in a apartment

    Maybe something like Lehigh Defense Controlled Chaos rounds. ive used them in the 300 blk vs on deer and they drop them in their tracks.

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    Default Re: Best 5.56 for HD in a apartment

    My next build is a ar15 in .45
    FJB

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    Default Re: Best 5.56 for HD in a apartment

    One of the reasons I like the 5.7 for home defense.

    Skip to about 3:20 for drywall testing.


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    Default Re: Best 5.56 for HD in a apartment

    Quote Originally Posted by bogey1 View Post
    My next build is a ar15 in .45
    You think the .45acp will be a better option?
    Its not as loud, and less penetration with hollow points.

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    Default Re: Best 5.56 for HD in a apartment

    You can't have a round that penetrates and incapacitates a threat AND have zero risk of going through building materials.

    First off, shot placement. Don't miss.

    Then I'd maybe think a varmint type round - 55gr Vmax. Even 55gr regular ball isn't a terrible option. In the suburbs I have 64gr SPs loaded up. Not a bad option for you either.

    Just whatever you decide, don't make it M855.

    What barrel length? More velocity = less risk.

    Regardless you have less risk than a pistol or buckshot round. So I'm a fan of .223 for HD.

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    Default Re: Best 5.56 for HD in a apartment

    There are a lot of YouTube demonstrations to consider in choosing a 223/556 for HD.

    Here's everybody's hero Jerry Miculek

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    My feedback: http://forum.pafoa.org/showthread.php?t=305685

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    Default Re: Best 5.56 for HD in a apartment

    Quote Originally Posted by Will3212 View Post
    You think the .45acp will be a better option?
    Its not as loud, and less penetration with hollow points.
    I dont know, but I know a 556 will go places I wouldn't want it to go. Maybe a lighter load .45
    and hollow points.

    Right now its: 9mm 9x18 12ga bird shot/00buck .556 .45acp .25 .50bmg
    FJB

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    Default Re: Best 5.56 for HD in a apartment

    I'd save the AR for a SHTF situation where it doesn't matter what it might go through and use a suppressed .45 ACP in your situation.

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