ARP 048 - Hunting with the AR-15

Reed and Tony discuss all the options one has when considering an AR-15 for hunting.


Welcome to Episode #048 of the AR15 Podcast.  I’m your host Reed Snyder and with us is my co-host Tony Imburgia.  This is the podcast about your favorite black rifle! This show is for you; whether you're building your first AR or you’ve been building ARs for years. There is something we can all do to take our black rifle to the next level.

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Main Topic:  Hunting with your AR-15:

Basic Considerations

  • Minimum Caliber
    • TX - No Minimum Caliber, but no rimfire
    • CO - 6mm (.24) Minimum Caliber
    • NY - no restriction
    • Magazine Capacity
      • CO - Six round maximum if semi-auto
      • TX - no limit
      • NY -  Six round maximum if semi-auto, unless .22 or .17 rimfire
      • Barrel Length
        • CO - 16” minimum
        • TX - no restriction
        • NY - no restriction
        • Ammunition Requirements
          • CO - 70 grain minimum for deer, with at least 1,000 ft./lbs. at 100 yards
          • TX - no restriction
          • NY - no restriction

Types of Game

  • Hogs
  • Prairie Dogs
  • Coyotes
  • Whitetail Deer

Things to think about:

  • Ethical - the MSR is accurate and powerful taking game quickly and ethically
  • Ease of use for Elderly hunters- lightweight and low recoil
  • Customizable- several options for caliber, barrel length, etc
  • Type of game you will be hunting


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Listener Feedback:

Tiny:  Dear Reed and new guy Tony,  Love the podcast! Hate to hear that Jake is leaving again. It\'s hilarious to listen to him attempt to speak the English language but if I had to choose, I'd choose Reed because he can actually answer questions due to his vast knowledge of the ar platform. Tony is also doing great so far but you guys should get a sound byte of Jake saying \"Colorado\" and play it whenever Colorado comes up in conversation. Anyway, how about an episode explaining ar gas systems. Maybe it's just me but I'm very ignorant on the subject and would like to know about the different length systems, why it matters with exception to the length of your barrel, why different diameter gas ports, and how to build a complete upper without having issues with the gas system. Hope my ideas not too stupid for consideration. Keep up the great work.

Thanks again for sharing your knowledge,

Jason M:  Hey guys, been listening since show #1 and I love your podcast.  Earlier this year, after being inspired by your excellent words of wisdom, I built my first AR-15 and used a lot of the parts discussed on your program.

In particular I've heard a lot of discussion on your show recently about the Midwest Industries Gen 2 SS Free Float Handguard.  It is amazingly light and very sturdy.  I was pleased with how easy it was to install, but alas, as a first time AR-15 builder I botched the installation and bent two of the teeth that retain the handguard to the barrel nut.

Regardless, it continued to shoot great and the hand guard held up like a champ, but the top rail was canted slightly to the left side of the rifle and that bugged me to no end.

This brings me to the point of my email.  After six months of staring at the glaring mistake I had made I finally contacted Midwest Industries and explained to them how my own inadequacies had resulted in a slightly damaged AR Build.  I asked if it were possible for me to purchase a new handguard without the other do-dads that come with the package and they promptly responded and told me to pack it up and ship it in.  Less than a week later I received a brand new 15 inch hand guard with all the other assembly parts free of charge.

I know that they're not the only company with excellent customer service in the gun industry, but I will say that after having dealt with a few I have never had this level of assistance even after admitting I broke their product and it was no fault of theirs.

Reed, I'm waiting patiently to hear your opinions on that particular hand guard as you tend to describe your experiences in very measured and well thought words (you're such a lawyer), if not only to justify my own amazing opinions about this companies products.

Thank you gentlemen and please keep up the great work.

Frankie in Rock Hill SC:  I just listened to episode 47 Build Variants and really enjoyed the topics covered.  Tony and Greg did a great job with this subject however I was disappointed that they did not cover the hot topic issue of what AR would be best for a Zombie Apocalypse?  I hope you guys can cover this soon so I can get to work on this build.  I don't want to leave Daryl and Rick out there on their own without my Zombie killing AR.


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