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Are heavy bolters decent?

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I was thinking about either including a dakka pred or a squad of havocs with 4 heavy bolters in my army because I like hoolding big fistfuls of high strength dice in my hands, and was wondering if they are a viable option over say plasma weapons or reaper autocannons for my budding Chaos Army. As a former tyranids player I was always quite terrified of heavy bolters since they would mow down my carnifexes with ease, but that was 4th ed and I am really not sure if they are decent vs all opponents or not. All of my friends scoff at heavy bolters as useless but I think they have potential and I wass hoping that I am not the only one who thinks this. Thanks in advance!
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Look, I rather like them and all, but as a guard player I have them in spades on my vehicles so I'd never outfit infantry with them if I was playing competitive.

You're really focussing on anti-infantry with them, because even in a pinch they'll have a relatively low chance at cracking light armour such as scout sentinels, kans, trucks and rhinos.

That being said, s5 hits on t4 creatures is always nice, especially if you are just looking to generate volume of fire advantage over an opponent.

In summary, Autocannons are the better option in my opinion, but heavy bolters are ok!
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