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JustinM 12-13-2012 10:06 AM

Hunting AR's
I'm wanting to get an AR bad but it will be set up to hunt predators mostly. I was hoping to see some pics of some longer range set ups and hunting set ups.

CamoToe1 12-13-2012 12:09 PM

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16" lightweight barrel does the job for me. You'll see a lot of 20" bull barrels posted, but I haven't found the need for one personally. If you were hunting prairie dogs at 500 yds, that may be different.

hmh 12-13-2012 12:30 PM

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24" ss floated fluted 1:8 bull j&t distributing build, 16" ultra flat camo paint older Bushmaster (when Bushmaster was Bushmaster)

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Depends on the distance you are shooting if I could only have one I would build a 18" bull floated fluted 1:8 with a low profile gas block and a full length hand guard. For where I live that would go plenty far enuf.

JustinM 12-14-2012 08:58 AM

Nice. Yeah I'm looking to set up a long range scope, bipod, adjustable buttstock. Hopefully camo dip after its all set up.

theboarbuster 12-15-2012 12:20 AM

AR Performance 16" 6.8 SPCII barrel, 2.5X10 Vortex Scope with dead hold BDC, Larue bipod and Larue scope mount. I like the Barnes 85 gr TSX at 3100 fps. Shoots sub moa groups all in a small compact package.

JonM 12-15-2012 12:57 AM

would make a superb varmint gun but i built it as a pure target rifle

JustinM 12-15-2012 09:40 AM

How much did it run you? It's beautiful lol.

Txhillbilly 12-15-2012 11:09 PM

I've had my RRA 20" Varminter for many years,and it has always been very accurate and reliable. Works great on varmints/yotes/etc.

And for the bigger game,I like the RRA 458 SOCOM!

Sniper03 12-15-2012 11:28 PM

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For my longer range varmint and predator shooting and also secondary deer rifle it is my Sabre Defense 18" Precision/Comp Rifle in 6.5 Grendel. 95 gr. Hornady V-max for predators, varmints and pigs and Hornady 127 gr. SST for Deer sized game. Good long range ballistics.


oldpapps 12-16-2012 02:41 AM

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Originally Posted by JustinM (Post 1049914)
I'm wanting to get an AR bad but it will be set up to hunt predators mostly. I was hoping to see some pics of some longer range set ups and hunting set ups.

Hi JustinM,

Want to hunt predators? Big choice of predators out there to be hunted. To give a better response, just what you aim, pun intended, to hunt will make some adjustments.

I will try to give some useful information.

Little beasts at some distance requires some very good shooting. Yet, many times, is performed from a fixed location. If this is your hunting type, go with a long/er heavy/bull barrel and a bi-pod. Weight is not a concern.

Quick, fast moving beasts that pop up and are gone are another problem to work with. Quicker motion is beneficial. Short/er lighter weight barrels help with this.

Stock types fall into two groups, fixed and collapsible. The fix is normally a little more rigid. Collapsible, more convenient and some/many are sturdy as well.

Chamberings are many. For your stated use, some may not suitable. I would offer that for a first AR, go with a conventional .223/5.56, the Wylde and similar are a good choice. Ammunition is plentiful and cheap(er).

For long/er ranges, look at the 6point8 and 6.5G. This doesn't imply that the .223/5.56 can't do 'it', for it does and in the right hands is excellent.

I currently am working with an AR in 300 AAC Blackout. It provides a greater diameter holes with excellent velocities to 150/175 yards or so. Not ideal for ground hogs at 450 yards. But ideal (my opinion) for wild hogs at the ranges I see them.

Optics? This is directly dependent on what and how far you expect to need/use your AR.

Barrel length adds or reduces velocities, longer for greater, shorter for less. Don't worry, the actual loss or gain per inch is not that great. Long barrels do give a longer sighting radius for iron sights, and this can give better accuracy. Scopes don't care.

No matter what you select, I think that home loads are better than boughten loads. If you don't, think about getting into reloading.

To the weapons.

The top displayed is a 16 inch with collapsible stock.

The lower displayed is a 20 inch with an A2 stock.

I'll carry the 16 incher all day with no complaints. The 20 inch heavy barrel get to be a pain, quick. 59 59

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