300 Blackout Ammo
About 300 Blackout Ammo
Designed in 2009 and first introduced in 2010, 300 AAC Blackout ammo is an intermediate cartridge developed in the United States by Advanced Armament Corporation (AAC) for use in the M4 carbine.
The cartridge yields increased performance in shorter barrels and effective subsonic performance for suppressor use compared to 5.56mm NATO.
Except for the barrel, 300 AAC Blackout utilizes standard 5.56mm NATO magazines and components.
While 5.56×45 NATO has relished widespread acceptance in military circles, the nature of various missions encountered by special operations groups often demands a caliber that provides more adequate performance.
To satisfy this need, the 300 AAC Blackout was developed. The caliber has a relatively small projectile with a high velocity that maintains performance at range and is designed to work with or without suppressors.
Today, 300 Blackout ammo remains popular among gun owners for its flexibility, performance, and compatibility with standard AR-15 rifles.
In addition, many popular manufacturers produce rifles chambered for 300 AAC Blackout cartridges, which are widely available in supersonic and subsonic configurations.
Common Names for 300 Blackout Ammo
Since its initial release over 13 years ago, 300 Blackout has become a formidable ammo choice and is utilized by military, law enforcement, and gun owners across the globe. Common designations include:
- 300 Blackout
- 300 Blackout Ammunition
- 300 BLK
- 300 AAC
- 300 AAC Ammunition
- 300 AAC Blackout Ammo
Regardless of your preferred terminology, 300 Blackout has continued to gain popularity over a short period, is readily available, and is an excellent choice for firearm owners searching for an accurate mid-range caliber.
Popular Rifles that Shoot 300 Blackout Ammunition
Protector Carbine 300
Protector Elite Carbine 300
300 Blackout Ammunition Features
300 Blackout ammo is designed to work in a wide range of firearms, including AR-15 rifles, bolt-action rifles, and even some pistols.
This versatility makes it an attractive choice for shooters who own multiple firearms and want to use the same ammunition across different platforms.
300 Blackout ammunition is known for its good stopping power, making it an effective choice for hunting and self-defense.
The .300 Blackout cartridge is designed to deliver good ballistics, with a flat trajectory and good accuracy at long ranges. This makes it a popular choice for both hunting and target shooting.
Regarding performance, 300 Blackout is commonly compared to 5.56 ammo and is generally considered to be the more adequate caliber (although this is also largely dependent more on the shooter's skill).
Additionally, 300 Blackout ammo offers low recoil and a high velocity that maintains performance at range - with or without a suppressor.
SUPERSONIC AND SUBSONIC OPTIONS
300 Blackout ammunition is available in both supersonic and subsonic options. The supersonic rounds are designed for hunting and target shooting, while the subsonic rounds are designed for use with suppressors and for shooting at shorter ranges.
300 AAC Blackout ammunition is widely available in-store, online, and is produced by most major ammunition manufacturers.
300 Blackout ammunition is generally more expensive than 5.56x45mm NATO, but is comparable in price to other hunting and tactical cartridges.
300 Blackout Ammo FAQ
QUESTION: What is 300 Blackout ammo used for?
ANSWER: 300 Blackout ammo and 5.56 NATO are considered intermediate-class rifle cartridges and are typically used for target shooting, game hunting, home defense, and plinking.
QUESTION: What is the advantage of 300 Blackout Ammo?
ANSWER: Compared to similar calibers, 300 Blackout Ammo has many advantages. 300 AAC / 300 Blackout offers a broader range of projectile choices thanks to its 30-caliber bore.
It can also cycle super and subsonic ammunition without modification.
QUESTION: Is 300 Blackout Ammo good for hunting?
ANSWER: While caliber size and type generally come down to personal preference, the short answer to whether or not 300 Blackout is well-suited for hunting game is yes.
300 AAC is a good choice for deer hunting, especially compared to the 223 Remington or 5.56 NATO. Although, it might not be terribly effective with bigger game.
QUESTION: Can 300 Blackout Ammunition go bad?
ANSWER: There is no real expiration date for 300 Blackout. If you keep it stored in the correct conditions (cool and dry) it can last over a lifetime!
For more information, check out our article How to Store Ammo.
QUESTION: What is the difference between 300 Blackout and 300 AAC?
ANSWER: There is no difference between 300 Blackout and 300 AAC, as they are two names for the same cartridge.
The name "AAC" in the original cartridge designation refers to the company that developed it.
QUESTION: Can I buy 300 Blackout Ammo in bulk?
ANSWER: Most definitely. Thanks to its continued popularity, 300 Blackout Ammo is readily available in bulk quantities at most ammunition retailers and online sellers.
At Ammunition Depot, we carry a vast selection of 300 AAC / 300 Blackout from all the brands you know and at a price point that won’t break the bank.