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MikeinCincy
01-02-2011, 10:58
I have done some searching and have had lackluster results. I am looking for, for lack of a better adjective, the "best" all around defensive .223/5.56 round. I do not care about the price. This will not be my range ammo, but will be added to my stash for the looming apocalypse. :tongueout:. My research has led me to Speer's Gold Dot .223 round, but, I can't seem to find anyone that carries it.

If it helps, my gun is a Colt LE6940.

Thanks in advance my friends.

NeverMore1701
01-02-2011, 11:15
I'd say Hornady 75gr 5.56 TAP.

frankmako
01-02-2011, 11:22
hard to say what is the best. everyone will have their own. most companys will say they are the best. when it comes down to the .223/556 it is hard to beat military ball ammo. the stuff that is used now. made to do one thing, kill.

boomhower
01-02-2011, 11:28
I'd say Hornady 75gr 5.56 TAP.

Agreed.

RMTactical
01-02-2011, 11:32
I'd say Hornady 75gr 5.56 TAP.

That or armor piercing explosive tip mini nuke incindiary. :)

AK_Stick
01-02-2011, 11:48
hard to say what is the best. everyone will have their own. most companys will say they are the best. when it comes down to the .223/556 it is hard to beat military ball ammo. the stuff that is used now. made to do one thing, kill.



Eh, while M855 does the job within its velocity constraints, I would much rather have TAP in my rifle.

That said, I think Corbon DPX with the barnes X bullet, is probably the best stuff on the market.

MikeinCincy
01-02-2011, 11:50
Where can I find the Hornaday 5.56 Tap 75 gr? I can't seem to find it at my usual sources. e.g. ammunitiontogo, AIM Surplus, MidwayUSA, Cheaper Than Dirt, etc. :dunno:

It looks like ATG has it in .223, but not 5.56. Blaaah.

surf
01-02-2011, 11:52
My first choice is also the Hornady 75 gr TAP. I also have very good results with Black Hills 75 or 77gr. Your 6940 will do very well with these.

Jon_R
01-02-2011, 12:02
hard to say what is the best. everyone will have their own. most companys will say they are the best. when it comes down to the .223/556 it is hard to beat military ball ammo. the stuff that is used now. made to do one thing, kill.

I am happy with XM193. In all my ARs based on twist rate and barrel lengths I feel I will get the fragmentation at ranges I might need to use it. MY SBR will only hold 2700 FPS out to about 50 yards so it might be better to switch to a heavier round but I prefer to keep my stash ammo the same. Plus at that cost I don't worry about taking some of it out and shoot it. For range training I mostly use Wolf.

TedG
01-02-2011, 12:30
Rather than switch around and have "special occasion" ammo, I use 62gr green tip rounds.

Boxerglocker
01-02-2011, 12:46
Where can I find the Hornaday 5.56 Tap 75 gr? I can't seem to find it at my usual sources. e.g. ammunitiontogo, AIM Surplus, MidwayUSA, Cheaper Than Dirt, etc. :dunno:

It looks like ATG has it in .223, but not 5.56. Blaaah.

5.56 being an NATO round, I don't think you can get it in a JHP? Only JHP is .223 right? :dunno:

Rather than switch around and have "special occasion" ammo, I use 62gr green tip rounds.

This is what I've been thinking for a SHTF stash...

Matthew Courtney
01-02-2011, 13:05
Corbon DPX

AK_Stick
01-02-2011, 14:13
5.56 being an NATO round, I don't think you can get it in a JHP? Only JHP is .223 right? :dunno:






No, you can get it in JHP, its still a popular caliber. The only restrictions upon military ammo, is enforced by the military, on the military.

boomhower
01-02-2011, 14:16
They make 5.56 75gr TAP but it is very hard to find, and expensive when you can.

MikeinCincy
01-02-2011, 14:25
They make 5.56 75gr TAP but it is very hard to find, and expensive when you can.

I'm willing to pay just about any price, I just can't find the darn stuff in 5.56! :shocked:

triggerjerk
01-02-2011, 14:29
Speer Gold Dot.
Federal Tactical Bonded.
Federal Tru Barnes TSX.

http://ammo.ar15.com/project/Self_Defense_Ammo_FAQ/index.htm#.223

marvin
01-02-2011, 15:08
Eh, while M855 does the job within its velocity constraints, I would much rather have TAP in my rifle.

That said, I think Corbon DPX with the barnes X bullet, is probably the best stuff on the market.


i like the x bullet to. you get fast expansion with deep penetration, what's not to like.

Boxerglocker
01-02-2011, 15:20
No, you can get it in JHP, its still a popular caliber. The only restrictions upon military ammo, is enforced by the military, on the military.

Good to know, thanks :cool:

K. Foster
01-02-2011, 16:30
You won’t go wrong with 75g TAP if you have a 1:7 barrel. There are no magic bullets, shot placement is the key.

Spiffums
01-02-2011, 16:56
There is a thread on M4Car and ARFCOM about what the best available ammo out there. I'd have titled the thread the best ammo YOU can get. If Tap is the best ammo but you can't find any or they wont sell you any because your not a COP it makes it not the best ammo YOU can get.

MikeinCincy
01-02-2011, 18:10
There is a thread on M4Car and ARFCOM about what the best available ammo out there. I'd have titled the thread the best ammo YOU can get. If Tap is the best ammo but you can't find any or they wont sell you any because your not a COP it makes it not the best ammo YOU can get.

Well, I found the 75gr. TAP in .223 on Ammunitiontogo's site, but, they don't carry the 5.56. I scoured the web and can't find any 5.56, so, I will just settle for .223.

MikeinCincy
01-02-2011, 18:11
Thanks a lot everybody for the help. Seems like the Hornaday Tap 75gr. in 5.56 (or .223 I presume) and the Corbon DPX are both solid rounds. I would love to pick up some Gold Dots, but can't find them anywhere.

Thanks again for all the input.

Mike

cowboy1964
01-02-2011, 18:50
You won’t go wrong with 75g TAP if you have a 1:7 barrel. There are no magic bullets, shot placement is the key.

Hornady says they work ok in 1:9 and faster twists. I have some on order to test.

The 55gr TAP is a good alternative. Hornady has some nice gel test data with pics in their catalog. Also check this out:

http://www.hornadyle.com/_img/hornady_tap_report.pdf

Another nice thing about the TAP is it isn't very expensive. I haven't been able to find the 5.56 stuff either but the .223 is fine.