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I'm just wondering I have heard a rifle is the worst self-defense gun you can have because It can go through walls and hit someone else in the house. I have a .308 and I'm sure it can probably go through a lot, what do yall think about this?
 

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A .308 will probably punch through most interior walls, if it's just woodframe/drywall. Heavy buckshot will penetrate also. But so will many handgun rounds as well...

It's said that most 5.56 actually has lower penetration than 9mm, because the round tears apart more easily. Hardball will still probably penetrate, but will lose a little bit of velocity.

I would say that you should consider the setup of your home and how likely a penetrating round would hit an unintended target. If it's just you and your wife in one room, in a house by yourself, then overpenetration isn't something you probably have to worry too much about.
 

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I have two problems with using a rifle such as a .308 as a home defense weapon. 1st is the fact that it will probably not only go through your house, but into the house next door. So if you are not way out in the country, it's just not a practical choice imho. I'd have a problem with taking a chance killing one of my neighbors to stop an intruder in my home. Second, if you miss then you will probably not have a quick follow up shot. Check out the tactical forum for some good advice on home defense.
 
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