AR-15 Elk Hunting?

Discussion in 'The Hunting & Fishing Forum' started by HunterTango384, Mar 25, 2010.

  1. HunterTango384

    HunterTango384 New Member

    Feb 18, 2010
    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
  2. cycloneman

    cycloneman Well-Known Member

    Dec 16, 2008
    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

  3. Zhurh

    Zhurh Active Member

    Mar 19, 2010
    Upper Yukon, Alaska
    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.

  4. 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.
  5. 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
  6. ofitg

    ofitg Active Member

    Feb 25, 2010
    Better look at the Colorado laws -

    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.
    Last edited: Mar 26, 2010
  7. al45lc

    al45lc Active Member

    Mar 8, 2010
    colorful colorado
    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.
  8. al45lc

    al45lc Active Member

    Mar 8, 2010
    colorful colorado
    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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