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Old 02-24-2017, 12:10 PM
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Anybody else hunt with AR?

Anybody else here hunt with their AR rifle/carbine? I've always hunted with traditional rifles (bolt/lever/single shot) but recently I started hunting coyote, hogs and deer with AR rifle. I recently put together two ARs just for hunting purpose.

First one is a still hunting AR rifle with free float SS 18" rifle gas barrel with 1-7" twist and A1 stock. This rifle has 2-7x32 Weaver scope. It's a bit heavy at 8.75 pounds with loaded 5 round magazine. I used 10 round P mag converted to 5 round capacity.

Second one is a stalking AR carbine with free float SS 16" pencil profile barrel with 1-7" twist rate and MOE stock. This rifle has 1.5-4X32 Bushnell scope. It's pretty light at 7.4 pounds with loaded 5 round mag.

I shoot CCI Gold Dot 64 gr ammo with very good results on game and very good accuracy.
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Old 02-24-2017, 01:18 PM
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I built an AR exclusively for deer hunting last season.
My state had legalized .223 for deer the year before and I wanted to try an AR.

This build used a Criterion lightweight profile, Wylde chamber barrel.
Used a Spikes upper, MidWest Industries Mlok rail and Trijicon 1-6 Accupoint.
It shoots 64 gr. Gold Dots <1" @ 100 yds. and is MOA to 400 yds.

Decided my limit would be 250 yds. with this set up.
I had doubts about anchoring a deer with a .223 as we have hip high pastures in our hunt area where it would be darned easy to lose an animal.

I filled my buck tag opening day with a handgun (.45 Colt MG), so was limited to a doe with the AR.
Took this one at 175 yds the following day.
There was zero blood trail with the chest shot, not even blood from the entry wound. The Gold Dot did not exit.
After field dressing the doe, found the bullet had taken out both lungs and top of the heart, lodging in the off side ribs.
Picture book performance from the round, but I like a blood trail.
I was happy with the rifle's performance.



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Old 02-24-2017, 01:50 PM
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Mossberg MMR Hunter 20" barrel 1:9 twist. Minox 4.5-14 scope.
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Old 02-24-2017, 01:51 PM
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I keep one (7.62x39) on my Gator, and one in each truck. Therefore, I shoot a lot of coyotes and a boatload of hogs with AR's, but I guess I really don't huntwith one, per se. They are just the ones I'm most likely to have on hand at any given time.

I've never hunted deer with one, although I have shot a few with .223's and .22-250's, just not in an AR.
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Old 02-24-2017, 02:23 PM
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I keep a green LED mounted on mine for the errant yote, but don't hunt with it
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Old 02-24-2017, 08:14 PM
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Well we are moving out the Communist Utopia of Illicago this summer for North Carolina, where I will be able to hunt off my rear deck. I am planning my hand at hog hunting and what I understand the area I am moving to has a problem and the cost there $15 annually no limit, 24/7/365. No restriction on guns used except full auto and no guns on Sunday. I will try my hand with my 5.56 but I may need to build a 308 upper to swap between.
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Old 02-24-2017, 08:25 PM
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A .308 upper will not work on a 5.56 lower. A .300 blackout will though.
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Old 02-24-2017, 08:43 PM
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Well we are moving out the Communist Utopia of Illicago this summer for North Carolina, where I will be able to hunt off my rear deck. I am planning my hand at hog hunting and what I understand the area I am moving to has a problem and the cost there $15 annually no limit, 24/7/365. No restriction on guns used except full auto and no guns on Sunday. I will try my hand with my 5.56 but I may need to build a 308 upper to swap between.
Congrats on the pending move to a semi-free State... it will probably seem like heaven on earth compared to IL.

NC doesn't have a hog problem like the Deep South- yet. Hunting them will be actual hunting, rather than harvesting- you'll have to work at it.

FYI, a .308 upper won't work with a 5.56 lower; tbe former is too long to feed through a 5.56 well...
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Old 02-25-2017, 05:06 AM
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I generally prefer using one of my AR's to hunt. Rug, your 16" lightweight could likely be a sub 7lb rifle by a careful selection of scope and mount. Your Bushnell alone sans mount tips the scales north of 16oz, a similar Leupold offering could easily knock 6oz off your scale. With no mention of the brand of mount, you may want to check out AERO's scope mounts of which most only weigh a mere 3oz, likely bringing down your current weight even further.

Barrel profile, stock, scope and mount are the 4 things that can really add to the heft of the platform and being very selective can result in significant savings.
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Old 02-25-2017, 10:39 AM
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I have several ARs in 5.56, just for paper punching and added a DD 6.8SPCII 18" barrel, three years ago, specifically for deer hunting, as .223/5.56 is not allowed. I also purchased a 5 round magazine for hunting to avoid looking like a mall-ninja!

Nice rifle, shoots well and I really like the round, last Oct. took it to WY and shot some Prairie Dogs: unfortunately as of yet - have not taken a deer, wolves here have had better luck than I have. Have a Leupold VXR Patrol 3-9X40 on it.
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Old 02-25-2017, 01:06 PM
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Last deer season was my first with an AR. I built a 300 BLK. Bucks only in my zone. Put a thermal scope on it. Worked perfectly but did not put antlers on the deer.
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Old 02-25-2017, 05:22 PM
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I've used a AR10 and AR15 in 6.8. Both have taken hogs. Prefer the 6.8 as it is light weight and lethal. I've also built a 270AR for hunting but haven't had a chance to take it hunting so far.
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Old 02-27-2017, 07:41 AM
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I shoot both my .308 and 5.56/223 AR platforms for deer hunting and hog hunting here in the southern states. I shoot 75 gr Gold Dots for the .223. Of course the .308 does it's thing without issues.

My thing is the weight! My bolt gun is weighing in at 6.5 lbs loaded. My .308 AR is over 11 lbs with a good scope on it! Short of humping into a shooting house on a short walk, I don't like carrying it in the woods!

Right now, I have my .308 AR set up as my night hunting gun for hogs. The night vision on that thing pushes it over 15 lbs. It's a beast! Not for the faint of heart.
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Old 02-27-2017, 10:29 AM
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I generally prefer using one of my AR's to hunt. Rug, your 16" lightweight could likely be a sub 7lb rifle by a careful selection of scope and mount. Your Bushnell alone sans mount tips the scales north of 16oz, a similar Leupold offering could easily knock 6oz off your scale. With no mention of the brand of mount, you may want to check out AERO's scope mounts of which most only weigh a mere 3oz, likely bringing down your current weight even further.

Barrel profile, stock, scope and mount are the 4 things that can really add to the heft of the platform and being very selective can result in significant savings.
Yes, I agree that it could be lighter but I'm not very concerned with the current weight. I built this carbine using parts I had on hand and like it enough to leave it alone. I use a Bushnell Trophy 1.5-4 scope mounted on Burris PEPR AR mount. Neither are light weight but they work well for my purpose. I used this carbine this past weekend while on a 4+ mile stalk and found it to be comfortable. I ended up shooting a 135 lb. sow from about 70 yards. One shot just below the ear and it dropped on the spot. There was no exit home I could find but a lot of blood on the ground. That 64gr Gold Dot did it's job again. Going to smoke both hams today for dinner tonight and pulled pork for lunch tomorrow.
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Old 02-27-2017, 10:46 AM
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About 20 years ago I started hunting coyotes with a full size A-2 colt with a 1 in 9 twist. Using a cheek slip on to stock and a 3-9 scope. V-max ammo. Over the years I must of bagged over 100 dogs a fox or two and a nice 45 pound bob cat. Most of the hunting was in Sullivan and Putnam County NY. I got old and do not hunt anymore. But the AR did the trick. I still have it. I remover the slip on cheek peace and scope. Added rails and a TLR-2. Now it is a home defense gun.
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Old 02-27-2017, 05:39 PM
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Yes, I agree that it could be lighter but I'm not very concerned with the current weight. I built this carbine using parts I had on hand and like it enough to leave it alone. I use a Bushnell Trophy 1.5-4 scope mounted on Burris PEPR AR mount. Neither are light weight but they work well for my purpose. I used this carbine this past weekend while on a 4+ mile stalk and found it to be comfortable. I ended up shooting a 135 lb. sow from about 70 yards. One shot just below the ear and it dropped on the spot. There was no exit home I could find but a lot of blood on the ground. That 64gr Gold Dot did it's job again. Going to smoke both hams today for dinner tonight and pulled pork for lunch tomorrow.
I have the same scope/mount set up and gets the job done for sure but is a chunky sucker. So you paid Bill a visit or a trip to the orange grove?
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Old 02-28-2017, 09:45 AM
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I have the same scope/mount set up and gets the job done for sure but is a chunky sucker. So you paid Bill a visit or a trip to the orange grove?
Went out stalking with Bill but ended up shooting the hog at the farm.
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Old 02-28-2017, 01:45 PM
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I've hunted with my AR10 for years.



Now I have a .458 SOCOM and a .450 Bushmaster on the way.
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Old 03-04-2017, 06:45 PM
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.277 Wolverine

Need I say more.

It is one awesome round for hunting with the AR15 platform.
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Old 03-05-2017, 06:58 AM
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Need I say more.

It is one awesome round for hunting with the AR15 platform.
SAAMI approved yet? Potentially better than a 300BO in supers.
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Old 03-05-2017, 08:52 AM
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I really don't want to get into a caliber war.
I have ARs in both .300 BO and .277 Wlv, and each excel at certain things, but both rounds do subs and supers well in their own right and within their limitations.
In my own experience with the .277, it does really well at supers out to 250 yards(which is probably farther than any deer I will take anyway). I have target shot the round out to about 350 yards, but you better know your dope to do that well.

Is it SAAMI, well... no. At least not yet, but it has had a lot of exposure and will likely be approved before long. It is an expensive process, but I have been following it on a website that the guy that developed it started.

In any case, I roll my own and get pretty good velocity out of it.

And, best of all, it uses all the same equipment as the .223/5.56 since it shares the same parent case(except for the barrel, of course).

I have a choice of many different calibers in the safe, but since getting the .277, I have not actually hunted with any other round. If I were going for larger or dangerous game, I would probably go with a bigger round/bullet than fits most AR15s anyway.
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Old 03-05-2017, 08:41 PM
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I'm hunting rifle is my HD rifle as its set up like the carbine I carried for decades in the Army. Only difference is some times I'll use the Aimpoint or ACOG scope. Taken several deer with Black Hills Mk262 77gr BTHP. Going to build a 18" 6.8 SPC II next.




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Old 03-21-2017, 08:53 PM
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Need I say more.

It is one awesome round for hunting with the AR15 platform.
Thanks for expanding my wish list! For me, I'm thinking this will be better than a 300 BO carbine for deer.

I like the fact that you can't ram a 277 in to a 556 chamber.

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Old 03-22-2017, 08:50 AM
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I use a .450 Bushmaster AR15 variant for pig hunting. Works great too.
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Old 03-22-2017, 03:38 PM
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6.8 SPC great on pigs and yotes at night! Most shots will be out to 50 yards at most. Here is CA well the county I'm in and surrounding counties is okay with hunting with them at night and lights. Actually pretty crazy considering its Kommiefornia HAHAHA! Oh Bobcats and fox to. Fun for sure!
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