GUN took the AR hunting today

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  1. jimmybuffett

    jimmybuffett New Member

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    Ok, Ive never shot an AR before yesterday, when I got my first one. I shot 40 rounds just dicking off, so I am REALLY not accurate yet. The sights are really difficult to get used to.

    Anyways, there was an extended doe season today, so I took my friend to my farm to hunt for a couple hours. Im not comfortable with my AR shooting to shoot at a deer, but figured if I saw a coyote or bobcat I would try. And let me buddy kill a doe or two ( we have too many does).

    So, at about 2:00, I was setting in my stand and I heard some leaves crunching but couldnt see what it was from. It was too light of a walk to be a deer and too heavy to be a squirrel. Couple minutes later, I saw the outline of a coyote about 55 yards out and in some real thick brush. I got my sight set on her and cracked off a round. The son of a bitch turned around and did a dive to the ground, then spun around and took off at full speed. I went to where it was, and found no blood, no sign of him. So I am 99% sure I missed. But the whole flip around dive thing kinda threw me off.

    First expierience with an AR hunting- gay. I gotta get better with these iron sights. Overall, I am pleased with my new Bushmaster. And when I get better I wont hesitate to get some heavier bullets and try and kill a deer.



    Cliffs- I fucking suck so far with my new Bushmaster AR15. :hs:
     
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    you shouldn't have gone hunting w/a rifle you're not confident/capable with. sounds like you may have gut shot it.
     
  3. krott5333

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    :werd:

    its not ethical.. if you're not confident you can make a clean kill, dont shoot
     
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    Don't do that.
     
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    .223 is adequate for deer, but not optimal.. especially if you're not 100% sure your POA will match the POI
     
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    not really
     
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    :ugh:

    my first deer was killed with a .222, dropped right down
     
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    being able to kill something with it and being adequate are two different things. You can shoot something in the head with a .22LR, does that mean it should be classified as a big game cartridge?
     
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    you're right. wrong choice of words :hsd:

    I didn't mean adequate.. I meant.. you CAN kill a deer with a 223.. but its not recommended :o
     
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    some kid around here took a NICE 10pt with a 220 swift this year :ugh:
     
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    :coold:
     
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    and it was a stupid caliber choice. :ugh:
     
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    not rly

    if you shoot a deer in the neck with a 220 swift, it will be dead before it hits the ground. a small bullet traveling at 4,000 fps, sure sounds powerful enough.

    as for the 223 not an "adequate" deer cartridge, im sure everyones going to argue, but a good bullet ( federal trophy bonded bear claw) and a well placed shot ( im not capable of yet) WILL drop a deer everytime
     
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    and........?:ugh2:
     
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    you're absolutely right, but i wasnt intending on shooting a deer, no way. but as far as me shooting a coyote, if i wound it and it runs off, i could give a shit. my land is farmland, coyotes are bitches. plus they are overpopulated around here
     
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    still, be ethical, make a clean kill.. the coyote is trying to make a living :o
     
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    so are farmers.

    im all for an ethical kill, but if it doesnt happen on a coyote, im not going to lose any sleep
     
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    Relying on neck shots is never a smart thing to do, there's too much room for error. While you're right that a good bullet and a well placed shot will drop a deer every time a deer isnt always going to walk out broadside at 50yds and wait for you to pull the trigger. You have to be able to reliably penetrate muscle and bone every time, something you can't always guarantee with small calibers.
     
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    Coyotes are just now showing up here (WV). My cousin shot one last year during deer season and I finally saw (and missed) one a couple weeks ago. :o
     
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    you can pretty much guarentee reliable penetration with a trophy bonded bear claw.
     
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    :werd:
     
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    it's not uncommon for no blood to be found with gut shots. you said you were pretty sure you missed. i was saying that you may have hit it.
     
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    but if you shoot and miss, you run the risk of educating them which will make future efforts even more difficult.
     

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