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Old 03-24-2013, 01:27 PM   #1
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I recently picked up some ammo for my GSR, and this ammo is marked as being designed for HD. Now, I'm no ballistics expert, but I'd be hesitant to use a .308 for HD unless I was in a real pinch....I'm thinking about excessive muzzle blast and overpenetration, even if the intended target is struck. The only reason I bought this ammo was because I needed some .308, and it was all I could find at the time. Still: Would anyone here consider using a .308 for HD?
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Old 03-24-2013, 01:46 PM   #2
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Can you tell us more about the round? I would not think a 308 would be very good for HD. But if it were a loaded light with a fragmenting bullet it might work. It is just that I've always thought of 308 as a 200 yard plus round.
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Can you tell us more about the round? I would not think a 308 would be very good for HD. But if it were a loaded light with a fragmenting bullet it might work. It is just that I've always thought of 308 as a 200 yard plus round.
Oops, sorry about that, 303...let me rectify that omission right now: It's Winchester PDX1 Defender ammo, 120 grain split core HP. Emblazoned in red on the box is the legend "Stop The Threat". I've seen this ammo line in other calibers, mainly handgun rounds. But this? Nope, not until recently. If it's designed for HD, as the packaging indicates, one would think the bullet is constructed in such a way so as to minimize risk of over-penetration, but still.......

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I have some of that in .410 shotgun. My guess is its okay. Is your GSR a rifle or a pistol?
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I have some of that in .410 shotgun. My guess is its okay. Is your GSR a rifle or a pistol?
There I go again! GSR: Gunsite Scout Rifle.
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There I go again! GSR: Gunsite Scout Rifle.
I thought they also made the scout in a pistol. ???
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I thought they also made the scout in a pistol. ???
If they do, I sure missed it. Are you thinking of the 10/22 and the Charger?
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I recently picked up some ammo for my GSR, and this ammo is marked as being designed for HD. Now, I'm no ballistics expert, but I'd be hesitant to use a .308 for HD unless I was in a real pinch....I'm thinking about excessive muzzle blast and overpenetration, even if the intended target is struck. The only reason I bought this ammo was because I needed some .308, and it was all I could find at the time. Still: Would anyone here consider using a .308 for HD?
Home defense as in an intruder in the house? It certainly wouldn't be my pick and I don't even have to worry about hitting next door neighbors. Home defense as in someone is attacking you from outside the house? I could see a 308 in the right gun, sure.
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If they do, I sure missed it. Are you thinking of the 10/22 and the Charger?
More like an AR15 pistol.
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If I had a AR style rifle that shot .308 and lived rural, I would use it.
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More like an AR15 pistol.
I know that several companies are making those, but I don't think Ruger is....
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I personally, would not use any .308,(or any centerfire rifle for that matter) regardless of ammo, for inside HD, except as a last resort. That is what shotguns, handguns, and pistol caliber carbines are for. But if everything else was exhausted or unreachable I would use whatever I could get my hands on.
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Brother has a HK91 as a SHTF gun, says it would be good on a yard full of Zombies...
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Been a long time since I saw a thread started by Charles. RIP my friend.
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I would use that at my Eburg place, sitting on my hill I had a good 300 yard field of fire, better to stop intruders before they got in the house. Not a fan of long guns for home defense!
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I'm a handloader and have loaded this gun down to 1000 fps / 130 gr cast plinking under 100 Yds and zapped it up to almost 3000 fps / 125 gr jackets for coyote at 300 yds with zero problems . I shot the target below with a scope on it ....

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