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AR-10s: safe to fire hunting ammo?

Discussion in 'Rifle Country' started by Heir Kommt Die Sonne, Jan 11, 2021.

  1. hq

    hq Member

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    Check your gun or have it professionally checked. There's something seriously wrong with the feed angle if something like that happens. I extract a couple of dozen chambered rounds from mine every year and never noticed any meaningful damage when inspecting them. Some marks on brass from mag lips are normal but the most you should find on the bullet is a minor glide mark on exposed lead if it's a soft point.
     
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  2. ApacheCoTodd

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    Thanks but it was about the projectiles.
    I - in point of fact - am a manufacturer and we were confirming hunting loads back then for customers. You can rest assured that the entirety of the geometry from magazine base to rifling was EXACTLY as Eugene Stoner envisioned. Just never counted on some loads available in the civilian market. Same thing on my righteous Portugese Stoner AR-10 and the Knight's Armament test mule.

    Todd.
     
  3. mshootnit

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    No it does not apply to AR-10's. They may break but not due to the ammo necessarily.
    My M&P 10 is under gassed just to handle full pressure loads.
     
  4. mjsdwash

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    should be fine if its not a real ar10 from the 50's. they have very few points of wear, and the stressed parts, the bolt and barrel extension should have a safe life far beyond the useful life of a barrel and you replace them together. Check your barrel though, if it says "308 winchester", and your in SAAMI pressure limits should be good. I know pushing 150's to 2700 from my 18" wasn't even enough to lock the bolt back on empty with the rifle buffer. Does with a carbine buffer. (yes I switched the extensions)
     
  5. Weflyfast

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    I built a DPMS platform and worked up a Varget load with 175 gr Sierra tipped game changer- that shoots awesome- I would have no issue with whitetails or black bears with it at all-
     
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  6. DMW1116

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    I zeroed mine with Federal 150 gr soft points. It didn't seem to have an issue. I did have to adjust the gas block to get reliable function.
     
  7. shooterm1

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    It isn't wise to make a bunch of "hot" loads and try them in different rifles. Every rifle is different. You should use recommended starting charge weights and work up to what your rifle will operate safely at.
     
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