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Building a predator hunting AR-15

Building a predator hunting AR-15
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Over the past couple of years coyotes have been stealing my chickens.  I thought losses have not been “that” bad, but the time has come to take action.  A few days ago I was looking through pictures of when I bought the chicks, that is when I realized just how many of my chickens are missing.  Looking at how many chickens I currently have, and then looking at the number of chicks I had, the losses are not sustainable.

I do not count my chickens every day, or even every week.  Living in a rural area with free range chickens it is normal to lose one here and there.  Hawks, bobcats, coyotes, foxes,,, all love chicken.  However, my flock is not a buffet bar.  Something has to give or I will never be able to develop a self-sustainable chicken flock for shtf.  In other  words, the predators are killing the chickens faster than they can reproduce.

Deer rifle instead of AR-15

At first glance why not use a deer rifle for predator control?  Any of the popular deer hunting calibers will make short work of a coyote or bobcat – 30-30 Winchester, 270 Winchester, 280 Remington, 308 Winchester, 30-06, 243, 6mm, 257 Roberts or even the 7.62X39 in the Ruger Mini-30, SKS and AK-47 will make short work of a coyote.

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Justification For Owning An AR-15

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Ever since the Sandy Hook shooting gun owners have been having to justify their reasons for owning an AR-15.  Personally, I think the only reason that needs to be given is “because I want one.”  I feel I should not have to “justify” my choices in which firearms I wish to own.  As a law abiding citizen there is no chance my AR is going to be used in a crime.  And as a law abiding citizen   I seen no reason to explain myself to anyone.Kevin Felts, blogger and survivalist

Free men do not explain themselves, we do as we wish when we wish.

Servants, slaves and criminals explain themselves.

With that being said, I would like to provide my opinion as to why people own an AR-15.  I am in no way justifying my ownership of an AR-15, simply because rights do not have to be justified.  I am giving reasons why I choose to own an AR-15.

The AR-15 is cool – It is awesome looking, it feels good in my hand.  Handling an AR is like patting my wife on her butt, it provides me with a sense of manly satisfaction.

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Rifle Penetration Test

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Military Arms Channel on youtube does some pentration test on the 308 Winchester, 7.62×39, 5.45×39 and the 5.56mm.

In the video the tress are said to by 3 feet in diameter. I think that statement is in error. Its probably more like 3 feet in circumference instead of diameter. A simple way to convert circumference to diameter, measure the circumference then divide by 3. If you want to be exact, measure the circumference and then divide by 3.14. For most intents and purposes for this type of video, divide by 3.

I was surprised the 5.45×39 penetrated the tree while the other calibers did not.

What “really” surprised my was the lack of penetration by the 308 Winchester. But then again, shooting from a bullpup the 308 may not have reached terminal velocity. I wonder how the 308 would have done out of a 20 inch or longer barrel, or from a bolt action rifle instead of a semi-automatic.

Why did the 5.45×39 the tree, while the 7.62×39 and the 5.56mm did not?

This video has made me consider adding an AK-74 to my collection. Before I can add an AK-74 to my collection, the panic buying will have to slow down and my wife and I need to get moved to the homestead.

AR-15 for Survival

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ar-15 as a survivalist weaponIs the AR-15 a good survival rifle? The simple answer is, “it depends.” The M16 223/5.56mm was original developed as a replacement for the M14 and the 308. The mindset was to develop a lighter rifle and lighter ammo so that soldiers could carry the rifle further and carry more ammo. The drawback, instead of shooting a 150 or 180 grain bullet like the 308 Winchester / 7.62 NATO, the 223 / 5.56mm shot a 55 grain bullet.

Lets talk about some of the pluses and negatives of the 223/5.56mm:

1. To compensate for the smaller bullet diameter and lighter weight, the 55 grain 5.56mm is supposed to “tumble” after it hits flesh. The “tumbling” creates wounds and does quit a bit of damage to flesh.

I see a couple of issues with the “tumble” theory:

How does the bullet know whether its hitting a wall and should punch through, or flesh and tumble? When the bullet is made, is it granted with magical powers that tells it what the bullet is about to hit, and whether it should tumble or not?

All phun aside, the 223/5.56mm has problems getting through walls. Once the bullet hits something, and it tries to tumble, it loses its energy.

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