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    .308 AR for Deer Hunting

    Just wondering if anyone hunts with a .308 AR. I've been thinking about making a purchase. I figured it would be a way to get really good with the gun if I made it my main hunting rifle. It seems possible WW3, a large scale invasion or civil chaos could be on the horizon. Although I'm still hopeful that won't happen it seems like I should be at least somewhat prepared. I have experience with various firearms but would be totally new to deer hunting. What are some of the pros and cons of using a 308 AR as a hunting rifle?
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    What type of habitat are you talking about? Whitetail or mule deer?
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    Whitetail mostly, thanks for any advice.

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    .308 makes a good deer round, so the only real question is, can you shoot it
    well enough to make a one shot kill on a deer?

    If you can't, then it's not the right rifle to use for deer hunting.

    The rest is completely irrelevant.
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    I don't think deer hunting is a good preparation for war. Dizzy, I spent my hunting years in Western and Eastern Washington, so we both know that opening weekend sounds like there is a war going on. Many times, you could hear the rounds whistling by overhead. I never fired my rifle more than one time taking a deer. Some years, my rifle wasn't fired in the woods. If I couldn't get a sure kill shot, I didn't take it. Macronova, if you fancy yourself emptying a magazine at a running deer, please don't. Take the AR to a range.


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    My brother uses, and I have used as well, a .308 savage bolt action. Great deer gun, as is his .223 AR., as is the 30 06 winchester, as is my rifled 20 gauge. As others have mentioned, practice makes perfect and don't take shots you can't hit. The type of gun is often less important than the practice and knowing your gun. Growing up I was only allowed to deer hunt with a breech loading 20 gauge with a rifled barrel on it for sabot slugs. Iron sights only. Forced me to learn the gun, how it shoots, and to hit everything with one shot and only one shot. Now it is like childs play using a rifle and scope. If ww3 breaks out .308 is a great round for stopping power and range, but only if you have the ammo. Stuff like .223 is widespread and will be more available.

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    my dad uses a 308 AR he built himself it does get the job done if you can hit it in the right place
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    Havenít used a .308 AR but I have and do use a .308 SCAR. For both deer and elk


    It will work. Fire as many as it takes to put it down humanely. Hopefully the situation warrants a clean kill, and you have the capabilities. But thatís not always the case. Donít beat yourself up if you have to follow up with more shots or donít hit exactly where you wanted.

    That round and barrel are what counts. The platform is just the same as any other semi auto
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    Fire as many as it takes to put it down.
    Thats a dangerous mentality. If you can't hit it in one clean shot then you shouldn't be out there hunting. Yes mistakes happen to everyone, but going out with the intention of shooting at something until it drops is crazy.

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    I would not have shown a pic of an animal I gut-shot. And blazing away is careless. You killed it alright, but you need to work on shot placement.


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    You’re entitled to your opinion. Even if it’s wrong.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Wilderness medic View Post
    You’re entitled to your opinion. Even if it’s wrong.
    Showing up telling people to shoot away and showing a pic of a gut shot animal like you are proud (unless that shot was taken as the animal was turned away, and even then it is bad placement.)....What is it like living at that level of ignorance? You give hunters a bad name doing stupid stuff like that.
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    If you have your 308 tuned to shoot under an inch at a 100 yards, it should make a fine tool for the harvesting deer sized animals. I would stick to a small clip and not toat a 30 round mag in the field. The fire arm is only a good as only as good as its user. Be it bolt, slide, single shot, break action, or automatic---take the time to learn it and practice so you are comfortable with the results. Then enjoy your trips to the field.
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    When it comes to deer hunting I'm lazy. I Only do neck or head shots.No tracking needed,No Adrenalin to taint the meat,and No stinking gut stink

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    Quote Originally Posted by DizzyDigger View Post
    .308 makes a good deer round, so the only real question is, can you shoot it
    well enough to make a one shot kill on a deer?
    If you can't, then it's not the right rifle to use for deer hunting.
    The rest is completely irrelevant.
    I am new to deer hunting but I like to think I'm not suffering from any learning disabilities and have some experience with other rifles (AR-15, AK 47, 30-30 lever action etc.) so I'm pretty sure I can get to the point of being able to take down a deer with some practice. I'm willing to give it a shot anyway, thanks.
    Quote Originally Posted by Kray Gelder View Post
    I don't think deer hunting is a good preparation for war. Dizzy, I spent my hunting years in Western and Eastern Washington, so we both know that opening weekend sounds like there is a war going on. Many times, you could hear the rounds whistling by overhead. I never fired my rifle more than one time taking a deer. Some years, my rifle wasn't fired in the woods. If I couldn't get a sure kill shot, I didn't take it. Macronova, if you fancy yourself emptying a magazine at a running deer, please don't. Take the AR to a range.
    When I think of deer hunting I get an image in my mind of myself having to use stealth and subtlety to make my way through the woods in order to spot a target, quietly position myself and get a good clean shot off without the creature ever being aware of my presence before its too late. It seems like at least in that way, it would be similar to taking out enemies in a wartime scenario. If its a long range shot then it would be similar enough to sniping. Am I right? At the range there's an opportunity to work on accuracy but I'm just sitting there aiming at stationary targets. The idea would be to get real good with the weapon at taking down targets with one clean shot, while also having the option to quickly unload a mag on a fleeing target if the shot is missed, or to quickly take out any other enemies that may be traveling with the target after they are alerted by the initial shot. That's sort of why I'm leaning toward this rifle and getting good with it through the deer hunting process. But yea I certainly wouldn't be unloading a magazine in a forest during deer season.
    Quote Originally Posted by Tpmetal View Post
    My brother uses, and I have used as well, a .308 savage bolt action. Great deer gun, as is his .223 AR., as is the 30 06 winchester, as is my rifled 20 gauge. As others have mentioned, practice makes perfect and don't take shots you can't hit. The type of gun is often less important than the practice and knowing your gun. Growing up I was only allowed to deer hunt with a breech loading 20 gauge with a rifled barrel on it for sabot slugs. Iron sights only. Forced me to learn the gun, how it shoots, and to hit everything with one shot and only one shot. Now it is like childs play using a rifle and scope. If ww3 breaks out .308 is a great round for stopping power and range, but only if you have the ammo. Stuff like .223 is widespread and will be more available.
    That's great advice about the .223 caliber being more widely available during wartime. If I purchased the 308 I'd go ahead and load up on a few thousand rounds of ammo as well. Thanks bud.
    Quote Originally Posted by Wilderness medic View Post
    Haven’t used a .308 AR but I have and do use a .308 SCAR. For both deer and elk
    It will work. Fire as many as it takes to put it down. Hopefully the situation warrants a clean kill, and you have the capabilities. But that’s not always the case.
    That round and barrel are what counts. The platform is just the same as any other semi auto
    Man that is a nice looking rifle. I'm far behind you guys when it comes to my hunting experience. Right now I'm at the stage of choosing the weapon I want to perfect my abilities with. I'll be taking a good look at the .308 SCAR as well. If it was ever a situation where I had to keep firing shots like that, then honestly I would probably let the creature run away. I just don't want to send abunch of high caliber rounds spraying through the woods during hunting season. But if I could see natural barriers just beyond the target I wouldn't have an issue with it at all. I'm thankful to say I've never had to fight in a war but I can only imagine how freakishly chaotic it would be. The ability to spray rounds like that from a distance with some accuracy would clearly be an advantage.

    I didn't expect so many quick replies and such great info guys. I really appreciate it.
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