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Old 09-14-2020, 09:43 PM
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.458 SOCOM for HD?

I am interested in the thoughts of the members about whether .458 SOCOM is a reasonable option for home defense. Letís assume several walls, a small stand of trees, and about 100 yards to the next closest house. Iím not asking if it is the best option (I have others that I think are much better), I am just curious.
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Old 09-14-2020, 09:45 PM
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Use a 12 ga why risk it?

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Old 09-14-2020, 10:10 PM
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I don't have a .458 but I do have a .450BM and even with a massive 3 chamber muzzle brake my followup shot are nowhere as fast as with a standard 5.56 AR.

The other thing to consider is if you have a muzzle brake or a flash hider. If you are running a brake like I am and you touch one of those rounds off in a dark enclosed space you are most likely going to be blind, deaf and disorientated.

Is it reasonable? meh. Now if you happen to have a suppressor and some 500 grain subsonic ammo to go with it my answer would change from meh, to heck yes light em up!!!
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Old 09-14-2020, 11:37 PM
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Have you tried shooting one indoors? My guess is that the experience will be awful. 308 is far too much for indoor use and I cannot imagine the blast of 458 in my living room.

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Old 09-15-2020, 06:52 AM
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You can hammer a finish nail with a 10 pound sledgehammer, if it was the only hammer available.
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Old 09-15-2020, 11:33 AM
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My .458 does have a brake and, having shot it at an indoor range with double ear protection, I expect the boom and blast would be really really bad. I don’t plan to find out, but the thought of using a 10 pound sledgehammer, as M-P stated it, has a certain appeal (theoretically, at least)!
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Old 09-15-2020, 12:59 PM
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A carbine in 10mm would be plenty powerful, more magazine capacity and a lot easier to live with. I have one in .40.
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Old 09-15-2020, 03:40 PM
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458 SOCOM for crowd control. One shot, 8 - 10 antifas fall to the ground. �� Hmmm......
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Old 09-15-2020, 05:31 PM
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Wear hearing protection.

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Old 09-15-2020, 05:40 PM
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I am interested in the thoughts of the members about whether .458 SOCOM is a reasonable option for home defense. Letís assume several walls, a small stand of trees, and about 100 yards to the next closest house. Iím not asking if it is the best option (I have others that I think are much better), I am just curious.
Reasonable? Nope.

Option? Yup.
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Old 09-15-2020, 06:20 PM
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I lived in various parts of Alaska for many years.

458 Socom or 50 Beowulf for Home protection against bears, definitely!!

Against 2 legged, it’s better than a 410 or 22.
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Old 09-24-2020, 05:04 PM
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I have a .458HAMR and I can't imagine touching one off inside my house. I have never shot .458SOCOM but I think my answer would still be no.
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Higher recoil
Slower follow up shots
Limited capacity

It'll work, but there are better choices if you get a choice in the matter.

In my opinion
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Well, it would make a thunderous "boom", create a big hole, and probably put a BG out of action...permanently.

So there is an upside.
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I mean it's like shooting shotgun slugs, least it's easier to use than a shotgun I guess?
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I am interested in the thoughts of the members about whether .458 SOCOM is a reasonable option for home defense. Letís assume several walls, a small stand of trees, and about 100 yards to the next closest house. Iím not asking if it is the best option (I have others that I think are much better), I am just curious.
If you live in the Serengeti and you have to defend the hut from elephants, Totally reasonable, just like if you live on Kodiak Island.
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Obviously any gun is better than no gun, but a .458 SOCOM is at the opposite end of the impracticality scale. Just as a .22 Short or .25ACP is too feeble to be considered a good choice for home defense, a .458 is way too overpowered to be practical or give you any real advantage, unless you're seriously considering a firearm intended to serve dual-duty as defense against both man and man-eating beasts. A weapon for use against other weapon-wielding humans needs to be powerful, but it also needs to be easily controllable. And yes it's a bonus if it doesn't blow your eardrums out as well.
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What will a .458 do to a body armor plate at 10'?
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