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When is a .223 Better than an 9mm?

Discussion in 'Rifle Country' started by marklbucla, Mar 1, 2009.

  1. marklbucla

    marklbucla Well-Known Member

    I'm trying to rationalize my purchases and sales right now, like so many others are.

    For someone:
    -who does not use an AR as a "Tool" (That's what my 870s are for)
    -shoots strictly paper generally within 50-100 yards max
    -lives in an urban environment
    -does not compete (for now)

    Under what circumstances would a .223 be better than a 9mm?
  2. RP88

    RP88 Well-Known Member

    well, .223 is better out to 100 yds than 9mm. That's all it would offer for you, based off of your given criteria
  3. SimpleIsGood229

    SimpleIsGood229 Well-Known Member

    Aside from price, pretty much always. .223/5.56 is definitely more useful, in my opinion.

    It seems to me that a less expensive platform would be order, since I'm assuming you're looking at a 9mm for the cheaper ammo.
  4. nipprdog

    nipprdog Well-Known Member

  5. feudalson

    feudalson Well-Known Member

    for paper punch'n and moderate range work i would stock the 9mm
  6. TexasRifleman

    TexasRifleman Moderator Emeritus

    Given the OP's list it seems to me 9mm wins simply based on cost.

    The list removes any usefulness or ballistics. If punching paper is what you want, I'd think cost per shot would be king.

    For an actual "real" use, the .223 is always going to win.
  7. 4Freedom

    4Freedom member

    IS there a reason why we fight wars with .223s instead of 9mms? hmm..
  8. Handgunner

    Handgunner Well-Known Member

    For strictly punching paper, definitely the 9mm.
  9. marklbucla

    marklbucla Well-Known Member

    At what approx distance does the .223 noticeably overtake the 9mm in terms of accuracy?
  10. TexasRifleman

    TexasRifleman Moderator Emeritus

    In an AR style rifle for casual target shooting? Probably not enough difference to worry about out to 100 yards. In my opinion anyway.

    But, that's about the limit.
  11. High Planes Drifter

    High Planes Drifter Well-Known Member

    Pushing out a drift pin, the pointy nose of a .223 has an advantage over the round nose of a 9mm.

    Well, that, and fending of a zombie attack.
  12. BCRider

    BCRider Well-Known Member

    One of the range rats where I shoot uses a Beretta CX4 Storm 9mm in tactical rifle competitions. Out to 100 yards he has no trouble at all doing the same job as the others that are using the AR clones in .223. If the task is punching paper or knocking down poppers then it would seem that the 9mm isn't a bad option.
  13. Funderb

    Funderb Well-Known Member

    when its what you have in a time of need, i suppose.
  14. publiuss

    publiuss Well-Known Member

    How about an AR-15 in 9mm.:D
  15. Big Bill

    Big Bill Well-Known Member

    When you're hunting coyotes and they are 150 yards out.
  16. heavyshooter

    heavyshooter Well-Known Member

    The two rounds have two distinct uses. The .223 is intended to defend oneself from mass attack (i.e. Katrina, L.A. Riots). Frankly, unless you are in the military it has very little use outside of that. (I can think of better target rounds.) The 9mm is intended to fight your way back to your .223 so you can defend yourelf from mass attack. You know what? You should get both.:D

  17. heavyshooter

    heavyshooter Well-Known Member

  18. taliv

    taliv Moderator


    go here: http://scssa.org/new_page_3.htm

    you will have a blast. (there are lots of pics, videos of previous matches on the internet. google away)

    rifle/carbine shooting is so much better in every way than pistol shooting.
  19. Beagle-zebub

    Beagle-zebub Well-Known Member

    If I were the one doing the 100-yard shooting, I'd take the .223. At that distance, the 9mm ought to have a much higher standard deviation from the mean point of impact than the .223--this is to say, the group will be much bigger. The more accurate your implement is, the easier it is to figure out that it is you, not the implement, that is causing less than fantastic groupings, which makes fixing bad shooting habits easier.
  20. Big Daddy Grim

    Big Daddy Grim Well-Known Member

    9mm just for targets and my .223 gives me enough time to get to my AR-10 thats for Zombies.

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