I chose the 10/22 FS tactical, Mini-14 tactical and Mini-30 tactical. Got each one used and saved a bundle. I personally like the Ruger platform better than an AR, don't care much for the looks of the AR. Ammo for each pretty much everywhere.
SKS cheap ammo, does not kick hardly any
I to am looking for a different caliber and thinking of the .308.
I was told I could build one a lot cheaper than store bought.
Has anyone build one and if so what did it cost you.
Alot of great advice on here. I think the .308 is a wonderful cartridge for deer and I really like the idea of having an AR chambered in .308. I think it would suit you well but like Atctimmy said, it will be an expensive endeavor. I don't know anything about the Mini30 but Atctimmy makes a good case for it. I also agree with him in that a bolt action is really going to handle the task at hand with excellence. Finally, I also think that you could get by with a lever action rifle that is chambered in something like 357 magnum.
Atctimmy nailed it when he said you really have to consider the task at hand and devise a plan that will suit your specific needs because there is more than one road that will get you to town, if I may use this cliche (I'm paraphrasing, he had the good taste to not use this cliche).
With this in mind, however, I also want to raise a point that no one else has addressed so far. I don't accept the original underlying premise that you originally proposed; and that is something like a hand gun or an AR chambered in 5.56 is incapable of taking down a deer. I saw a post on here a day or so ago where a member got a deer this season with a 5.56 AR and Glockman has not only taken a deer with a 40S&W Glock (his recent post) but also with a 9mm Glock (a post he made last year).
The point I'm intending to make with this is that you can make due with a lot of gear that most people do not even consider capable. In the end, your success is going to be determined more by your system that you implement than any one magical component, like gun platform and or chambering, etc. Its great that you're taking the time to research because you are greatly increasing your likelihood to assemble a proper system that is going to meet your specific needs. Also, if you're like me, you might have a tendency to think in absolute terms. Like, for example, you might find yourself acting like this gun purchase is the last one you'll ever make and the gun you get is going to have to last you a life-time. In reality, if you get a gun and through your own personal experiences, you find that you don't like it or it falls short of meeting your needs - you can sell it or trade it off. This is where buying a quality gun pays off. Cheap guns are tempting to buy but if you do buy one, that is exactly what you have - a cheap gun. Cheap guns are like cheap guitars, nobody wants one and you can't give them away.
Just some thoughts.
Please let us know on what you decide to go with and best of hope goes out to you.
A good combo in a pistol cartridge is in my opinion, a much better choice than just one rifle, even an AR platform for the money spent. And unlike the puny 223 round, what is hit stays hit. Especially in a 44 combo like this;
Of course you can choose a DA instead of SA revolver;
But in your case, I would go with Rugers 357 Bolt gun, and a 357 revolver combo. Or, a Marlin 357 mag lever gun. The 357 mag rifle is destuctive on living tissue far beyond its pistol ballistics. Zombies, deer, or vermin, it will put them down with authority. And you get 50 rounds per box vs 20 rifle rounds.
Get a .300 AAC Blackout.
It'll shoot a 220 grained bullet at subsonic speeds that will blow right through a deer and do it quietly...
or it shoot a 125 grained supersonic bullet that is identical to the 7.62x39 in terms of power so you can have the best of both worlds...and it'll pin on any AR lower.
Heres one that I whacked opening day. It was a 153 yard shot with an AAC Cyclone suppressor on it. The220 grain subsonic bullet hit the heart and passed completely through. Deer ran about 60 yards and gave it up.
Although a .223 can and does kill deer, it's illegal to use on deer in several states. While many will argue that it will work,there is a reason for it being illegal to use....and its called past practices.
I will second the Ruger 77/357. If you are not hung up on rapid fire, it is a good low recoil hunting choice. Since I bought mine the 336 never gets out of the safe anymore. It is also my primary shtf rifle; I won't be getting into any Hollywood gun fights.
Since this thread's been resurrected, I'll suggest the FNAR:
(The pic is not my gun - lifted from the web 'cause it's better than any of my pics).
I don't have the bipod, but this is otherwise similar to mine.
I love this rifle. It seems to me to be the perfect hybrid of hunting rifle & SHTF gun. They're running about $1150 these days if you shop around. The .308 is great for deer, and 20 of them will put a serious hurt on a bunch of Zombies. The FNAR is one of the most accurate major-caliber semi-auto's out there.
75 year old 7x57 mauser. It is a GREAT rifle for carrying on a deer hunt..AND carrying out the kill.
I don't see anything new here. The mini 30 is still the bees knees for a do it all gun.
That might be true if they had a better level of accuracy than the "paper plate at 100 yards" they are known for...Quote:
don't see anything new here. The mini 30 is still the bees knees for a do it all gun.
Woudn't 'Deer Zombies' only attack other Deer?
My old reliable Savage 30-06 with 180 grain pointed soft point has gotten me a nice buck the last 3 years. The only other I might consider is my Marlin 30-30 with Hornady Leverevolution ammo.
The 300 AAC would out perform a 7.62X39 all day long, I get it. But it isn't cheap and it's not "everywhere" like 7.62X39. In fact the 300AAC is pretty rare.