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300 Blackout ammunition provides a gamut of performance

Posted by Jay Duncan on 10/8/2015

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300 Blackout ammunition provides a gamut of performance

In the world of ammo, the .308-diameter provides a huge variety of weights and projectile types.

It's hard to find, but 55 grain pills in a .308 can be found. It's not the most accurate round and varminters would do better with a 110 grain. On the other side of the ammo range, are the 250 grain hammers that most people load in .300 WinMags for hunting really big game.

One thing the .308 family has lacked, at least in commercial loads, is a reliable subsonic round that could be shot with a can. Handloaders have been able to take the .308 Winchester and drop the powder load to achieve subsonic performance. That's not ideal either.

Enter the 300 Blackout. 300 Blackout ammunition ranges from 110 grain screamers and go up the weight ladder to 220+ grain rounds that deliver serious knockdown power.

The 300 Blackout has several benefits not found in other currently mass-produced ammo and firearms. To start with, it's built on the .223/5.56 NATO. The brass is a .233 trimmed, reformed and resized to a .308 above the new shoulder. It fits standard AR15/M16 magazines as well.

Just change out the upper for a 300 Blackout and you have a different rifle with a different set of characteristics and ballistics. Just make sure the muzzle is threaded for a suppressor. You'll want a can. It's in the subsonic area that the 300 Blackout really stands out from the crowd.

This round, when suppressed, is attracting hog hunters like no other. "I do a substantial amount of suburban hog control, and the Blackout has become my go-to round for that mission," writes Greg Rodriguez for The Shooting Times.

Why is this round becoming so popular for hog control? Because hogs have excellent hearing, are extremely smart and quickly learn that a gunshot means it's time to pack up and leave without giving a forwarding address. Nighttime hog sniping, with night vision and thermal scopes, on a suppressed rifle lets hunters take several animals from a sounder (the official name for a group of hogs). Smart hunters will pick off animals at the edge of the herd and work their way in. By the time the hogs have caught on, several of them are cooling on the ground.

The 300 Blackout is not the only commercially made ammo that fires subsonic performance with enough punch to stop hogs at 100 yards. The 9mm is commercially loaded subsonic, but at 100 yards its ability to deliver the bacon is questionable. If that hog is over the 200 pounds mark, the 9mm subsonic requires precise head shots. At 100+ yards, the 300 blackout can punch through a boar shield over the chest and keep going.

A lot of people are saying the 300 Blackout is a better all-around choice than the .223/5.56 NATO anyway. "In an AR-15 platform, there really is nothing that the 5.56 round can do that the 300 BLK can’t do better. Sure, for very long distances, the 5.56 might have a slight advantage, but with his 9-inch barrel, Foghorn was able to ring the 500 yard gong with supersonic ammo and could consistently hit the 250 yard gong shooting the slower subsonic ammo," Jim Barrett wrote in SBR Caliber Showdown: 5.56/.223 vs. 300 BLK.

Going head-to-head on terminal performance, the 300 Blackout simply overpowers the .223 caliber projectiles. In the lighter weight bullets, the 300 Blackout does have bit more drop than the .223's projectile. But it's also bigger.

Look at it this way. Would you rather be hit by a fox running wide open or a deer running wide open? That's the kind of terminal performance difference when comparing the heaviest .223 to the 300 Blackout's lightest loads. Take the 300 Blackout to the max and the deer turns into a Kodiak Bear.

Send that 200 grain round out through a can and you have a combination that's nearly unbeatable.

Need more information about the 300 Blackout and the ammunition loads for this amazing round? Contact us and we'll fill you in on everything you need to know.

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