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  1. Boondoggle

    Finally got to the range with 1st AR-10

    My AR inventory is pretty much SHTF insurance so I was thrilled with the performance. Still train and shoot them obviously but for me it was way easier to get bolt guns to shoot very accurately.
  2. Boondoggle

    Finally got to the range with 1st AR-10

    I've actually got a box of 150 SSTs. I'll work those up and if they shoot well I suppose I can suck up the extra $50 per 1000 for the better terminal performance. Thanks for the reminder. I had them in a box with a bunch of other stuff I was taking to a swap meet Saturday.
  3. Boondoggle

    Finally got to the range with 1st AR-10

    Yes 1-10 twist. I've had great results with Barnes bullets in a couple of my bolt guns but for this rifle I'm looking for as in expensive a load as I can get. It looks like a 150 FMJ might have to be the answer. I'd prefer something that is designed to expand but since this will primarily be a SHTF gun I guess I shouldn't care as much.
  4. Boondoggle

    Finally got to the range with 1st AR-10

    Thanks again. I didn't think of that do you have a recommendation on a 150 gr PP/hunting bullet that's in the 20-25 cent range. Something other than an FMJ I suppose or am I overthinking it with respect to terminal performance since it's a .30cal vs .22 cal projectile? It is not my primary or secondary hunting rifle.
  5. Boondoggle

    Finally got to the range with 1st AR-10

    Thanks. My plan was to run the 150 Speer BTSP so working up a hand load around the same 2800ish velocity should be a breeze and should be pretty similar to the Fusion soft point. I had a few gas guns give me fits so this was a welcome surprise. I'll admit too that even though is was only a 10 rnd mag dump it's more fun and authoritative than a .223 mag dump.
  6. The rain finally broke in middle TN and got to the range this morning to put some rounds down range. Rifle is a PSA gen2 that I bought the lower (MOE MIAD ACS-L) and upper (stainless 18" w/16" keymod) separate. Mounted a Vortex Diamondback HP 3-12X44 wBDC reticle in a Aero Precision ultra light one piece both of which I already had and ammo was Federal Fusion 150gr MSR. Range has a very nice sight in steel so I was on paper after two rounds. Three more and had a good zero. Shot two five shot groups and was extremely pleased. Both groups about 1.5 moa with the factory trigger (which isn't too bad). Put on the magneto speed as was getting an average velocity of 2786fps (advertised is 2770). Put that in the ballistics app and the BDC hashes are almost exactly for 200, 300, 400 and 500yds). Put the 2nd hash on the 12" plate at 300 and a got a first round hit. Moved to the 8" and same result. Missed the 6" so I looked at the first two hits and I was a tad high. Went back to paper and fired a couple and that looked to be the case. Adjusted down 1 moa and that looked good so went back to the 6" plate and ding! Needless to say I more than impressed with out of the box, first rounds factory ammo accuracy. The only minor hiccup was that the 10 round PMAG was pretty snug out of the box so I had to work it a bit to make sure it was properly seating but after about three mag changes it was good to go. I even ran off 10 rounds as fast as I could aim and then went back to the bench and with a pretty warm barrel was still grouping well. Best initial AR pattern rifle out of the box experience I've ever had.
  7. Boondoggle

    7.62x39 AR advice

    Thank you sir. I'll give that a look. Goofy question of the day, why hasn't Pmag produced a x39 mag to lite the AR platform fire? Is it that complicated an engineering issue that makes metal a requirement?
  8. Boondoggle

    7.62x39 AR advice

    Been looking at building an x39 for a bit and it seemed like the issue for the AR platform has been the magazine. I've seen some positive comments on some new mag entries on the market but would like some sage advice before I commit. The AK platform has never interested me but the round sure does.
  9. Boondoggle

    Anyone ditch an AR-15 after picking up your AR-10?

    I went to all 9mm for pistols and 22LR for a few platforms. I only lack the x39. Was going to sell the .308 bolt bench gun but I might look to swap for an AR or AK in 7.62x39.
  10. Boondoggle

    Anyone ditch an AR-15 after picking up your AR-10?

    Believe or not my goal was to reduce the number of cartridges and if possible the number of rifles. I had 300BLK and 6.5 grendel but once I got bolt gun fever I went back to .223/5.56. I looked at the big bores for a bit since I try to get to FL a couple times a year for hog hunting but where we hunt the palmettos are so thick getting off more than two good shots is tough. I do have intrest in 7.62X39. If I add a caliber that would be it but even with several lowers already in the safe I can't decide between AR or AK pattern. I've talked to a couple of folks that say the mags for the x39 for the AR have gotten a lot better and if that's the case that would help make up my mind.
  11. Boondoggle

    Anyone ditch an AR-15 after picking up your AR-10?

    I looked really hard at the Springfield SOCOM 16 and if I add another .308 semi to the stable that's what it will be. The M1A in 6.5 Creedmoor is quite interesting too
  12. Boondoggle

    Anyone ditch an AR-15 after picking up your AR-10?

    Well God bless you and her. My wife likes to shoot but I do get the "and what does that gun do that the other more than a dozen do?" I've worn the shoe argument out.
  13. I have two 15s one is momma's and the other is mine. Because I'm putting a 3x12 on my 10 and am running a red dot on my 15 I don't want to dump it but I also have a Rem 870 with a Sig Romeo 5 that shoots slugs in a 3" group at 100 yards. I'm trying to separate my hunting and target rifles with my SHTF inventory. Curious if anyone else has thought about the need for multiple 15s with a good shooting 10.
  14. Boondoggle

    "Generic" AR-10 load for mixed brand brass

    Thanks for the recipe. I already have some RE-15 so I'll give that a shot. I should have mentioned that I'm neck sizing and then running the brass through a Redding body die to FL size and bump the shoulder back. It's two steps but I've found it doesn't work the brass as hard as a regular FL sizing die
  15. Boondoggle

    "Generic" AR-10 load for mixed brand brass

    Thanks. That's good info and makes sense. So I could start with say with FGM brass and run a full OCW then take that charge weight back off maybe 5% and then load 6-8 rounds and look for primarily vertical stringing? Since I'm limited to mag length I don't have to chase an optimal COL so an full OCW for each brand of brass doesn't seem like it would net much.
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