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Long story short, I was watching Cops and one of the officers referred to an AR-15 as a "high powered" rifle.
So today I was thinking to myself, when do most people consider a rifle to be "high powered"?
I mean, we all know that a .338, .50 and 20mm are high powered, but where does the distinction start?

Personally, I was thinking maybe .270 or somewhere around there. Maybe even a .308? What do you guys think about it?



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Long story short, I was watching Cops and one of the officers referred to an AR-15 as a "high powered" rifle.
So today I was thinking to myself, when do most people consider a rifle to be "high powered"?
I mean, we all know that a .338, .50 and 20mm are high powered, but where does the distinction start?

Personally, I was thinking maybe .270 or somewhere around there. Maybe even a .308? What do you guys think about it?
I generally think of any rifle that can shoot consistently to 1000 meters or cleanly take large or dangerous game with a center mass shot as being "high power".

The AR-15 is a carbine and, as such, the cartridges that it fires are "intermediate power".

A practice rifle for children generally fires something .22LR, or something akin to the .22LR, and is what I would call "low power".

Obviously all three can kill, but even the 7.62x39MM ammunition that the AK fires is not what I would call "high power".


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I generally think of any rifle that can shoot consistently to 1000 meters or cleanly take large or dangerous game with a center mass shot as being "high power".



The AR-15 is a carbine and, as such, the cartridges that it fires are "intermediate power".



A practice rifle for children generally fires something .22LR, or something akin to the .22LR, and is what I would call "low power".



Obviously all three can kill, but even the 7.62x39MM ammunition that the AK fires is not what I would call "high power".

That's fair, the reason I said the .270 is it's usually one of the smaller calibers you'd be recommend for an elk. The .308 sometimes is as well, but for closer shots. I agree with the typical AR chambering (.223) as being an intermediate power. I also agree with the part of the .22LR and 7.62x39.
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High power, anything 30mm or larger that can be loaded with depleted uranium to penetrate heavy armor. High power sure isn't a varmint rifle.

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If it is going over 2,000 fps and makes over 1,000 ft/lbs at the muzzle, it seems like it could be high powered. The AR fits. Most pistol cal carbines would not.

Or as the Wikipedia article indicates, High Power Rifle competition falls in several classes. If we include the rifles allowed for Service Rifle competition, then the AR fits the category.

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Perhaps the cop was referring to the magazine capacity. Sometimes people confuse "High Powered" with "High Capacity."

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Dakota hit the mark. Too many idiots get in front of the camera these days. If you do not know what you are talking about, shut the eff up. Few cops are truly "gun smart". They qualify once a year and can't hit the broad side of a barn under the influence of adrenaline.

"High powered rifle" has become just another Libtard buzz word. Like Assault Rifle an Saturday night special.

My troops are a bit more informed than most. They ask questions and I give detailed answers (much to their dismay sometimes). Pretty much everyone in my agency knows better than getting in front of a camera w/o calling me first. They call me the walking gun encyclopedia. I know a lot, and have a ways to go before I know "everything"

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I'd have to agree that without a solid, common definition, "High Powered Rifle" would be just another buzzword designed to scare.

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I think that for the general public, anything that is not a 22lr is a high powered rifle. I don't agree. But it is what it is.



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