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Posted On: 3/22/2023
By: Roger walls
A: Thanks for reaching out Roger! That's not actually paint. The Sierra BlitzKing bullet has a green-colored polymer tip. It gives the projectile a more aerodynamic profile, which flattens its trajectory and enhances its overall accuracy. The tip also drives into the bullet's core and jacket on impact to accelerate terminal expansion. An accurate, fast-expanding bullet like the BlitzKing is designed for hunting small game.
Posted On: 1/3/2021
A: Thanks for reaching out! This ammo will work very well for self-defense with either of those two rifles. I really doubt one will perform better than the other with this ammo, which is high quality and American made. (Sierra is best known for making match grade competition bullets, and their Blitzking, though designed for varmint hunting, offers extremely consistent in-flight and terminal ballistics.)
You've selected a good cartridge for home defense right here because its bullet is designed for terminal expansion. The Blitzking is essentially designed to burst apart into fragments shortly after it enters soft tissue, which (A) delivers a huge injury and (B) reduces the risk of overpenetration, which is important if you're concerned about your neighbors' safety.
That said, I'd like you to take comfort that virtually any kind of 5.56 or 223 ammunition is immensely powerful over the short ranges home defense usually entails. To make matters very simple, a minimum muzzle energy of 220 to 300 ft lbs is advised for self-defense. This round's muzzle energy is more than four times that. Even if a 5.56/223 bullet isn't designed to expand inside soft tissue, it is SO much more powerful than a pistol cartridge that it's still going to deal tremendous damage. Even U.S. Army uses non-expanding FMJ bullets in combat (this is for compliance with certain laws intended to make international warfare more humane).
High quality ammo that's marketed for hunting or personal protection is ideal, of course, as either one will have an expanding bullet. Regular range ammunition will also prove extremely valuable during a home invasion. The primary reason range ammo is less advisable is because it's slightly less reliable. See, range ammunition should still be well made, but it's manufactured under the assumption that a failure to feed or fire will amount to no more than an inconvenience. Hunting and self-defense ammo, on the other hand, ought to be manufactured to higher standards – especially the latter, since a failure in that case can prove fatal to the shooter.
I'm afraid of writing a small book for you here. Please let me know if you have any more questions about self-defense ammunition, and be sure that both the Ruger 556 and M&P 15 Sport II are both widely considered to be high quality rifles that ought to function correctly whichever kind of ammo you pick!
Posted On: 12/24/2020
A: Thanks for reaching out Kevin! I expect this ammo should work very well in a Mini-14. Sierra ammunution is made in Sedalia, Missouri, and it is generally regarded to be high quality. Sierra is best known for making match bullets for competition. In my opinion they load their bullets with pretty impressive consistency, with uniform brass cases and hand inspection for each round.
Posted On: 8/28/2020
A: Yes sir. Sierra was founded in California but now makes all their bullets and loaded ammunition at their factory in Sedalia, Missouri.
Posted On: 8/18/2020
By: Lenroy Jones
A: Hello Lenroy! If an AR-15 is chambered for 5.56x45, it can fire both 5.56 and 223 Rem. If it is chambered for 223 Rem, it can only fire 223. That makes this ammo a safe bet, and it is indeed optimal for an AR-15. Perfect for varmint hunting, but by no means inadequate for personal protection either!