AR-15 Elk Hunting?

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  1. HunterTango384

    HunterTango384 New Member

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    Title says all. Would an AR-15 be good for elk hunting? I am thinking the caliber (7.62x36) may be too small to take down an elk. Please answer. thanks
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    I have been at a ranch in New Mexico and talked to guides there. We had a conversation aobut this and they wanted to see their customers use a 30 cal at least at 3006. I think the bullet for that cal will be too light to do the job correctly, even if you are close. Now an ar in 308 may work with at least a 180gr performance bullet. .02
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    In the winter, we shoot most everything from trk window or off snowmachine. That means mini-14 & AR or pistol. Caribou are followers, easy head shots with 223s and we all rather just shoot them on the road anyway, just easier with subsistence.

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    No, no, no, no. 7.62x51, yes but not the 7.62x39 unless you are under 100 yards and you are good at placing your shot.
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    the 7.62x39 has basically the same ballistics as a 30-30 winchester and to me it would be absolutley miminum caliber under 100 yards.i also think it would be more humane to use either at minimum a 308 but i think a 7mm mag or 300 win mag would be a better choice old semperfi
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    Better look at the Colorado laws -

    http://wildlife.state.co.us/NR/rdonlyres/6E977561-C613-466D-BCFC-2CA9C9C91CD9/0/Ch02.pdf

    Page 5 says you need at least .24 caliber, and at least an 85-grain expanding bullet. The impact energy at 100 yards must be at least 1000 ft-lbs.

    If they catch you hunting elk with a .223 AR15, you're in deep s**t.

    Since you mention the 7.62X39, I wonder if you have a different rifle in mind? I think the 7.62X39 would satisfy Colorado laws.... just barely..... but it would be wise to use a more powerful cartridge.
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  7. al45lc

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    Yep, the 7.62 x 39 is about 1200 ft.lbs @ 100 yds, assuming a 123 gr bullet @ 2400 ft./sec @ muzzle. It's legal, but I wouldn't try it, simply because I don't see the point of risking my hunt on a borderline cartridge (and bullets) for the task.
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    One other point, many states, including Colorado, don't allow for more than 5 rds in the rifle, so a large capacity mag is a big no-no.
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