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Old 12-28-2014, 22:21   #1
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AR-15 for varmint hunting???

In November 2014 I purchased an AR-15 DPMS Oracle, their introductory weapon to the AR format. I live in a condo, so knew in advance that I would not be using it for home defense.

Since the AR uses a FMJ bullet, I thought it would be good to hunt varmint/coyotes. But, today I was at a local gun store and the assistant manager told me that platform would leave little of any critter I shot.

Is that true with a FMJ? In college I would hunt with a 6MM and/or .270 and am familiar with the remains of an expanding bullet, so I thought the AR was would be good for small game.

Have I deceived myself and wasted money?
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Old 12-28-2014, 22:57   #2
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FMJ will give you nice pass-through on a few varmints. Others, you will see gaping hole.

Find a predator forum and you will see .223 a popular cartage for most varmints.
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Old 12-29-2014, 09:20   #3
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About 40 years ago when most of the civilian .223 rifles were bolt action models, we all considered it to be a good varmint caliber.

I don't know why anyone shooting varmints would be concerned about having anything left. We used to like the fact that we pretty much exploded our ground hogs. The 22-250 and the 220 swift were the big bad varmint calibers & still are as far as I'm concerned, but a .223 was more than OK.

It's your choice of the rifle, not the caliber that I'd question if a varmint rifle is really what you want. Well built bolt action rifles really do have an accuracy advantage, and that's why military snipers don't do that job with an AR.
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Old 12-29-2014, 09:44   #4
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I have shot quite a few coyotes & lots of groundhogs with AR15's. I use nosler ballistic tips. sometimes it makes big holes sometimes it doesn"t. fmj bullets go through & don"t make a big wound channel. for hunting I would use expanding bullelts. as the range increases, 223 is marginal as far as stopping power goes.
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