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How many hunt with an AR10?

Discussion in 'Northwest Hunting' started by clearconscience, Jul 16, 2016.

  1. clearconscience

    clearconscience Vancouver, WA Well-Known Member

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    I'm about to build an AR10 for hunting and just wondering how many others hunt deer or elk with an AR10?

    I know it will be a bit heavier, but my bolt gun wasn't all that light, and being a lefty using a right handled bolt gun kinda sucks.
    Never found a lefty bolt gun I liked.
     
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  2. nextgenar

    nextgenar roseburg Bronze Supporter Bronze Supporter

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    A 15 rather than a 10, not a bad week for a 15 year old girl, 1 blacktail and 1 Columbia whitetail buck, the whitetail was 138 yards and dropped like it was hit with the hammer of Thor, it never even flinched!! image.jpeg image.jpeg
     
  3. clearconscience

    clearconscience Vancouver, WA Well-Known Member

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    Nice, I wish we could use a .223 in WA.
     
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  4. 2A2Dend

    2A2Dend .. Well-Known Member

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    Good on her.
    Meat in the freezer, is exactly that. You can't eat the horns!!
     
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  5. Cardoff

    Cardoff Polk county Member

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    I haven't yet but aquired one this year so was toying with the idea...

    Something different and something my buddies are sure to bust chops about. Unless I bring home a trophy!
     
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  6. Joe13

    Joe13 NW of Vancouver Opinionated & Blunt Bronze Supporter 2015 Volunteer 2016 Volunteer

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    I can understand not wanting a RH bolt gun.

    Most of the lefties I've met that hunt prefer a lever action or pump rifle. (Maybe not over a simi-auto though I'm not sure).

    Probably cheaper to buy a used hunting rifle and personally I'd rather beat on one of those then a brand new AR10 and get a scratch on it lol:p.

    Looks like I am taking this year off from buying tags so I'm envious regardless:cool:.
     
  7. AndyinEverson

    AndyinEverson Everson, Wa. Well-Known Member

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    We need more threads like this out there.
    It is good to show that the AR series of rifles are something other a "Weapon of War."
    ( To use the opposition's phrase of choice.)

    Kinda like the "I'm the NRA" ads from the 80's or 90's.
    The campaign showed everyday people of different backgrounds as NRA members.
    We could start showing the AR series of rifles in use by "non-tactical" people or in a "non-tactical" role.*
    Show folks hunting or competing in rifle matches ( like the National Matches ) etc ...

    Many people are scared of the AR series of rifles , if we can show it is no different than any other semi auto rifle and show it in a positive light it might , go a long way in combating the anti gun rhetoric out there.

    * I am not against "tactical rifles" or the even word itself.
    I just feel that the way these rifles are sometimes marketed or the ad imagery can come off as frightening or dangerous to folks who don't really understand or care about firearms.
    Perhaps some of the very features that are appealing about the AR series are its own biggest enemies ...
    Again I am not against the AR in any of its varied forms or ownership of AR rifles.
    Just wondering if at times we as gun owners provide "ammo" as it were , to be used against us.
    Andy
     
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  8. nextgenar

    nextgenar roseburg Bronze Supporter Bronze Supporter

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    Ya this last fall she went for larger horns And yes she skinned it herself. And she used a 30-06 model 700 on this one. image.jpeg
     
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  9. Certaindeaf

    Certaindeaf SE Portland Well-Known Member

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    Neat stuff.
    Hey, perhaps another thing you might consider would be one of the "WSSM" cartridges. Legend has it that all you need is a barrel and bolt for your AR. A few companies make complete rifles.. I'm pretty sure you have to reload for it now though.
    Here's a .243 WSSM vs .243 Win.. the shorty goes around 100fps faster.
    They go all the way up to .35 I believe.

    243wssm-243win-1.jpg
     
  10. clearconscience

    clearconscience Vancouver, WA Well-Known Member

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    That's what I call a good parent and a daughter to he proud of!

    I agree with you Andy. ARs are so much more than a military rifle. Besides cops all carry them now too.

    How many rifles are out there that shoot just as good or better and just as fast as the AR but no one talks about them.

    The NRA needs to release a commercial like you said, but for AR owners. Show doctors, lawyers, fathers, farmers then have them holding their AR15.
     
  11. Twodogs

    Twodogs portland Or Active Member

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    I'm a lefty and hunted coyotes with an AR-10 in .243 win. at 12# it was a bit much but shot very well. now I use a AR-15 in 6.8 spc , but also have a couple of left hand bolt actions.
     
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    mikeybuck Clark county Active Member

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    Im working on putting together a timber elk gun, .458 socom to replace my 45/70 with.
     
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  13. Cardoff

    Cardoff Polk county Member

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    That's parenting at its finest. I've got a 7 year old girl and 5 year old boy that I hope to have some similar pics of in 6 to 10 years. Great work! The art of hunting is rapidly disappearing and it's awesome to see it being taught to youngsters. Again, great work!
     
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  14. nextgenar

    nextgenar roseburg Bronze Supporter Bronze Supporter

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    That sounds like an awesome elk rifle for up close and personal brush hunting, I might now have to consider building myself one of those
     
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  15. nextgenar

    nextgenar roseburg Bronze Supporter Bronze Supporter

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    If you look closely at this picture, you may notice she has 2 black eyes and a knarly gash in her forehead, that was from her 7mm-08 scoping her the weekend before, it slipped off her shoulder while shooting at a running buck, and wearing a slick nylon jacket, so she switched to her AR for the next weekend, it dropped that deer faster than any she shot with the 7mm-08. Speed kills!!
     
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  16. clearconscience

    clearconscience Vancouver, WA Well-Known Member

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    Poor girl. I remember doing that when I was a kid. Something you don't forget.
     
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  17. clearconscience

    clearconscience Vancouver, WA Well-Known Member

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    Okay got her built today. A lot lighter than I was expecting and I think it's even lighter than my Remington 700.
    Still need to put a scope and mount on it.
    I'm not overly happy with the handguard, I'm waiting for Aero to come back out with their handguards.
    And the pistol grip I bought didn't work so I have the standard one on until I can pick up a Magpul.

    image.jpeg
     
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    Certaindeaf SE Portland Well-Known Member

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    Now you just need to sharpen your knife.
     
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    Camelfilter Salem Bronze Supporter Bronze Supporter

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    Would hand guard covers be of any help until you can source a new one? I'm thinking along the lines of these:

    SR-556E® Handguard Covers (3-Pack)-ShopRuger (http://shopruger.com/SR-556E-Handguard-Covers-3-Pack/productinfo/90373/)

    No idea on compatibility, but as an example.
     
  20. nextgenar

    nextgenar roseburg Bronze Supporter Bronze Supporter

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    That looks sweet, good hunting!!
     
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