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If I were to hunt elk and deer could I use an AR 15 or would i have choose another ...


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Old 10-13-2012, 10:23 PM   #1 (permalink)
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If I were to hunt elk and deer could I use an AR 15 or would i have choose another rifle? If i choose another one which one could be used for both? And what ammo would i have to use?
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Well .223/5.56 would be out of the question. I don't know about elk but 6.5 and 6.8 would be good choices for deer. If you step up to the AR10 in .308 that would easily cover most anything you could hunt in North America.
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Thanks for the advice I'll keep that in mind when i go shopping for one.
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I am only familar with the AR-15 platform.... what are the advantages to the AR-10 platform?
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308, 260, 6.5 creedmore. Basically bigger! Only downfall with the ar10 for hunting is weight. However if you knew someone skilled in the art of building these things they could probably put together one hell of a dedicated AR10 for hunting that was around 8lbs. Just sayin. Such as a mega MATEN with a barrel like this and a lightweight carrier group.

As for elk it's been done successfully at good distances with the 6.8. I personally wouldn't try. To much chance for poor shooter input.
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yeah, a 223 is a bit small for medium game hunting. are you looking for over the counter? or are you going to do a build?
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.223 is fine for deer size and under.

for elk id step it up to .308 ar-10
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As stated above, .223 works fine for deer. I know many people who won't use anything bigger. It is used by many hunting families as an introductory deer rifle, as it is easier for younger, smaller hunters. It doesn't have a lot of knock down power, but a well placed shot will down the animal every time.

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A buddy of mine hunts deer in mid northern MO with his ar15 the past 2 years and will this year. Taken a buck both years 110yds and 90yds.
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Ethics of using .223 aside, it is not legal for deer in most states.
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