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I want it in an ar platform. I know about the 6.5 grendel and the 6.8 spc, but their ammo is expensive since i don't reload. I would like it for plinking but primarily hunting wild boar and possibly some deer.
Any rounds that are big enough for hunting, accurate, and cheap?
 

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any round you chamber an ar15 for other than 556/223 is not going to be cheap. if you stray from the 556/223 you really should look into reloading to make them cost effective

other than that is maybe an ar10
 

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Even .223 hunting ammo isn't gonna be cheap, you are still looking at .50 to 1 a shot. Most hunting ammo prolly around .75 each.

6.5 grendel is being offered by wolf for about I think you can find some brass cased wolf ammo for about $.50 a round.

I am also interested in hunting with the AR but the small bullets limit penetration so its really only going to be usefull for small to medium size game and good shot placement. Since the Deer and Pigs here in Cali are kinda small, (haven't seen anything over 150 lbs myself) I think 5.56 is adequate. But I'm seriously considering building a grendel to double as a long distance shooter. 1000 yards anyone?
 

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If a .75 to $1 a shot for hunting is to costly maybe a new hobby is needed. Besides your gone a spend some good money on a rifle. Ammo becomes cheap for hunting.

Guys use .223's But you do need to pick better and heavier bullets from the cartidge that is also costlier. You had better place shots well. It ain't target shooting.

Sence you have to have an AR Buy your self a AR in 308 . Plink with surplus nato ammo and hunt with most any basic lower cost sp for hogs and deer.
 

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Federal has several 223 hunting choices. 55 grain nosler or hollow point, at 3200 ft/s. For deer I would limit the distance to 100 yards, maybe 150. Shot placement is key. Kinda like bow season or using a handgun. Cost should not be much of an issue. Trajectory should be almost exactly the same as a 55 grain FMJ. Use a couple rounds to confirm your zero. You don't use your hunting ammo for plinking. And you don't hunt on full auto. One box should last for a couple seasons.
 

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Or you can get a standard 5.56 ar and plink with it. Then get a 6.5 grendel or 6.8 spc or .300 blackout upper for your hunting needs. Takes like 10 seconds to change the upper.
 

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If your gonna go big bore , go BIGGER :D
My buddies working on building a 50 beowolf , I know its a little over kill but if you wanted to stop a vehicle in its tracks its the perfect round ;)
 

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If your gonna go big bore , go BIGGER :D
My buddies working on building a 50 beowolf , I know its a little over kill but if you wanted to stop a vehicle in its tracks its the perfect round ;)
What's your friend hunting.....Chevy big blocks? Ford F550? or just Mac and Freightliners? :D
 

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If your gonna go big bore , go BIGGER :D
My buddies working on building a 50 beowolf , I know its a little over kill but if you wanted to stop a vehicle in its tracks its the perfect round ;)
I already have a 30-30 for the big hogs. Well the round is big enough but damn im not trying to make instant hamburger meat when i shoot the hog.
 

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I already have a 30-30 for the big hogs. Well the round is big enough but damn im not trying to make instant hamburger meat when i shoot the hog.
Well, eliminates the need for a grinder.... the .50 Beowulf can double as an instant sausage maker.:p
 

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Remington's 30 AR would be a good choice but it's going to be a bit pricey to shoot. It also hasn't caught on like many thought it would so I'm a little uncertain about it's long term availability(think 5 + years from now). Why not just get an AR10 and be done with it? A 308 will handle any deer and hog without much problem.
 

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If you want to stay with an AR platform, I'd recommend the 300 Blackout, and use 110 gr. Barnes black or blue tipped, or 125 gr Nosler green tips for hunting and the 115 gr UMC at the range.
 

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I strongly recommend the aforementioned 6.8 SPC.

Silver State Armory sells bulk 110 grain Sierra Pro Hunter rounds for about $.80/round. That's cheap enough to use as target/plinking rounds, and it is also an excellent bullet on whitetail deer.

As was pointed out earlier, a good hunting round in even .223 will cost at least that much.
 

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I am in the same boat as you OP. I have built a 5.56 blaster that I originally intended to hunt hog and deer with.

My first recommendation is to reload. There are so many bullets available to reloader that will really bring that .224 bullet into a serious hog buster.

Currently I am building a second rig in 6.8. Not because I am not confident in my 5.56 ammo or gun. But more so because I really wanted to build a dedicated hunting rifle. And since I do reload, I am really not too worried about the cost of ammo.

Ryan...RLTW!
 

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I am in the same boat as you OP. I have built a 5.56 blaster that I originally intended to hunt hog and deer with.

My first recommendation is to reload. There are so many bullets available to reloader that will really bring that .224 bullet into a serious hog buster.

Currently I am building a second rig in 6.8. Not because I am not confident in my 5.56 ammo or gun. But more so because I really wanted to build a dedicated hunting rifle. And since I do reload, I am really not too worried about the cost of ammo.

Ryan...RLTW!
If you're interested in learning more about the 6.8 SPC, go here:

http://68forums.com/forums/forum.php

Plus, they're fanatics about hog hunting. The 6.8 really shines as a pig sticker. Lots of good reloading information there, too.
 

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If you're interested in learning more about the 6.8 SPC, go here:

http://68forums.com/forums/forum.php

Plus, they're fanatics about hog hunting. The 6.8 really shines as a pig sticker. Lots of good reloading information there, too.
Thanks, I signed up last week. You are right, tons of good info on there.

Ryan...RLTW!
 

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You want a hog getter build a 458SOCOM'
 

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You want a hog getter build a 458SOCOM'
Yeah, and the "boom" that echoes across the fields in the early A.M. sounds awesome too!
 
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