>full auto AK-47 magdump
I would be interested to know how much of that actually found its target. Im willing to bet not much.
There are some seriously interesting storys of just what a motivated/drugged up human can survive but on average its better to get hits on target with a .22 in defence than it is to miss a bunch with a .50AE. If some pebbles zip through your body faster than the speed of sound, in most cases, your day is done. Esp in cases that you would most likely encounter.
Sounds like your talking about a "bug out" or utilitarian system too so you have to consider more than just ft-lbs of energy on target, you need to consider logistics. The .22cal range is everywhere, its cheap, you AND your 135lb gf (right? Haha) can effectively use/enjoy it too. You can buy more, store more, carry more, shoot more. Becoming an effective riflman is more important than the cal you use.
You can take any game in North America with it, find it at any gas station in rural areas, and since we are probably talking the ar platform, find parts everywhere and exchange with friends.
Is the .223 the most effective "man stopper"? Not by a long shot (pun intended) its a varment cartrage, which is why its funny people are so spooked out by it. But as an all-around projectile its pretty sound.
If it were 1992 right now and the ar15 was considered "junk" by fudds and rear to see, id be saying a 12ga 870, but they tried to ban it so now its the most popular thing in the world, which makes it a very good choice logistically.
If you really want a big 'ol bullet spend your money on a .300AAC or .450 thumper upper and keep the .223/.22lr as backup and survival but i dont see the point.
If you just want a new platform because your bored, and want something new to enjoy, thats reason enough to get something new, no arguments here, but from a utilitarian perspective, stick with your AR.
.30cal has become a special purpose round in modern times, so if long range target or hunting is what you are doing, it still has a very real advantage.
Edit: >crashed your front door
If you live in a rural area 30 cal, sure why not if you spray n pray or have the money to practice cq with a .30, but if you live in suburban/urban area consider your target and whats beyond. Its why i use .223 and wont even step to 9, i have close neighbors. The lanes iv chosen are clear but nothing ever goes according to plan.
I must sound like a conceded asshole ^_^ haha but this is something iv put a lot of thought and study into and just like, my opinions man and im open to counter points.
Tl:dr: im po' so I likes dem .22s
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