Well, at least as far as this gun blogger is concerned, a 242 grain .308 breaching round absolutely qualifies as “unique.” And then some. It also makes quick work of door locks and hinges with barely any spall out the far side . . .
At SHOT Show’s Industry Day at the Range, Dark Horse Ammunition, a brand owned by Ascendance International, was blowing a door to smithereens every hour. Unfortunately I missed the shows, but I did catch the aftermath. Deadbolts and door frames were torn asunder; opened easily after a single shot.
Yet, as visible on the angled support beam above, very little debris shot out the interior side of the door and into the room.
This extremely heavy-for-caliber, .308 round is made of compressed, powdered metals and returns to powder upon impact with a hard target. It’s lead-free, if I recall correctly, and contains Tungsten, tin, and who knows what else.
Providing a breaching round in .308 means the operator can forgo the use of a shotgun that’s used solely for breaching and then tossed to the side. Breach the door and enter with the same gun that’s already up at the ready already.
Due to the 242 grain bullet weight, a 1:8″ twist rate is recommended. With that taken care of, minute of angle accuracy is to be expected.
Dark Horse was also showing off their line of commercial-use Super Frangible Training Projectiles. These bullets appear to be copper dust and polymer hybrid projectiles (possibly other metal dust, too) and turn right back into powder on impact.
Steel targets can be engaged as close as six inches, and they do no damage to AR500 steel. Yet, they’re apparently just as accurate as standard ball ammo out to at least 50 meters.
Due to low friction and, I assume, a more pliable bullet, barrel life is supposed to increase dramatically versus the use of standard FMJ ammo.
Super Frangible will be available soon in 9mm, .223, .40 S&W, .45 Auto, .308 Win, and 300 BLK.