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timetohunt 06-04-2012 10:47 AM

AR style Rifle for Deer Hunting
I am in themarket for an AR style rifle for deer hunting. I have begun looking at some different manufacturers and wanted to know opinions of my fellow hunters here, especially those that have or have shot this type of rifle.

My basic specs are .308 caliber and a left handed model - I shoot left handed.

I have looked extensively at Rock River Arms but haven't found out if they have left handed models.

Thanks in advance.

hunt NH 06-04-2012 10:58 AM

Stag Arms has a wide selection of left handed models, but they don't do .308. you can pick one up left handed in 6.8mm spc (comparable to a .270)

spiker 06-04-2012 12:18 PM

Rock River Arms Lar 8 (308 cal) predator.Mine shoots 1/2 grps with 150 gr. winchester ballistic tips.Fantastic rifle and minimal recoil it kicks less than a bolt 243.

WisconsinDeer 06-04-2012 12:49 PM

I'm a lefty myself and I shoot a right handed AR with no problems. You really do not need a left handed AR as long as you have a shell deflector, which pretty much all ARs have. The only time you'd want a left handed AR is if your rifle does not have a shell deflector or if you are running it suppressed.

If you want a 308 AR then the DPMS LR308 seems to be popular. If you want an AR that is a bit smaller/lighter then you could go with the 300 Blackout. It uses a standard 223/556 lower receiver so you could have a 5.56 upper for plinking and a 300 Blackout upper for hunting. Those 308 ARs are pretty big.

spiker 06-04-2012 01:22 PM

My lar 8 has the 20inch barrel and with scope id say it weighs around 11.5pnds.Its balanced perfectly and i only walk to deer stand and back.I wouldnt walk to mountain hunt with it.But it drives takes and is a breeze to shoot offhand.

Hellbilly 06-04-2012 08:53 PM

check out windham arms. this is the original Bushmaster company.great rifles.also there aint much differance from one to the other.there is only a few companys that makes barrels and anybody with CNC machine can make lowers.You can build one alot cheaper than you can buy one.With building your own you can have it the way you want it and not have to spend more money changing parts and assories out.You can also buy a left handed upper with out barrel for a few hun. bucks

onehorse 06-05-2012 06:00 PM

Ah, the new generation. I guess a rifle is a rifle, and I'll be the first to admit that the "style" of a rifle is not anywhere near as important as the "style" of the hunter using it. I'm just too old to get into the ARs for hunting - just been using bolts for too long. I will give a couple practical criticisms of the ARs: most of the ones I've seen seem to be heavy, and those short barrels really decrease the velocity of the bullets. Anyway, good luck with your search; I hope you find what you're looking for.

WisconsinDeer 06-05-2012 06:49 PM

ARs can range from being light to heavy. It all depends on barrel thickness, barrel length, scope or no scope, what type of "furniture" you have on it...etc.

Not all ARs have short 16" barrels either. You can get barrels in different lengths just like any other gun.

Scorpion8 06-06-2012 12:14 AM


Originally Posted by onehorse (Post 70262)
Ah, the new generation. I guess a rifle is a rifle, ...

As an NRA and Hunter's Ed trainer, we're seeing a lot of young folks coming back from the wars that the AR is what they know, what they are familiar with, and what they are comfortable with. Not knowing the OP's personal history, but knowing that todays younger generations like what they see. The AR-platform has a solid role in many hunting situations, as long as it's not spray-and-pray when hunting. But it also is a superbly accurate rifle too. huntNH and spiker are both right in the left-hand models available. Enjoy!

hunt NH 06-06-2012 02:56 AM

Love my Stag Arms AR. really thinking about buying another "upper" for it with a longer heavy barrel for hunting, and other long range shots. And yes i do have an attachment to the platform from my old M4. carry a gun 24 hrs a day long enough and it becomes a part of you.

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