Originally Posted by shuamee
i have a guy wanting me to go pick up stuff tomorrow he has a colt 6940 and a m1a loaded. one does anybody have any good safe loads for these and two which type of bullet would do the most damage? keep in mind he wants cheaper bullets like hornady and sierra doesn't want to pay for the higher like barnes. any suggestions? said he may want some distance rounds for 243 bolt gun also said it depends on his funds. same thing he wants the distance but still defensive type ammo no things will need to be fine tuned im looking for a good starting point
Hand loads are a legal nightmare if the weapon was ever employed in a shooting. Get him a box of 55 or 70g ttsx factory ammo to keep in his colt. As far as the damage factor is concerned people are not as tough as you may think, its barrier penetration you have to think about inside the home and outside. If he is unwilling to pay for the barnes I would look at lighter fragmenting type bullets that dump there energy fast on target for use in the house.
As far as loads I run LC brass CCI (thick cup primers), R15 and 175g SMK bullets in my M1a. R15 is safe for the gas system on the M1a as well as varget, imr 4064 and a whole lot more.
In my 5.56 I run R15 and 70g ttsx in LC brass, wolf primers for hunting and 55g FMJ, with mil surplus 844T, LC brass and wolf primers for training. I have seen a powder around called TAC by ramshot it like varget and r15 are safe for both rifles.