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First deer with my AK-47

Discussion in 'Hunting' started by walking arsenal, Nov 12, 2011.

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  1. walking arsenal

    walking arsenal Member

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    Typically I hunt with a 30-06 but this year I decided to shake things up a bit so I brought my AK along instead.

    It worked well.

    With its folding stock, 3 point sling, and short 16" barrel I found it to be much more comfortable to carry around all day than my 26" barreled deer rifle.

    The iron sights where nice as they can't fog up like my scope is prone to do.

    Since it is an AK I also wasn't as worried about banging it on something as I was climbing stands or getting on and off the ATV.

    The shorter range of the AK and it's moderate accuracy provided somewhat of a welcome challenge. Deer are plentiful in our area and I've often felt over the past years that I was going deer shooting rather than hunting.

    Using the AK made me feel like the deer where getting more of a sporting chance while forcing me to pick and choose my shots more carefully.

    In the end I bagged a small buck that will be nice eating for me and the wife. The Wolf brand 124 grn pointed soft points proved effective enough and actually did less damage to the deer than my 30-06 does. The shot was a ~50yrd clean, heart and lungs, through-and-through shot and the deer expired quickly.

    All in all I would use the gun for deer again.
     
  2. Michael R.

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    im glad to hear you got your deer. it sounded like it was a pretty challenging shot with the ak-47 iron sights. if you want greater accuracy throw some tech sights on it http://www.tech-sights.com/ nice job! i hope he tastes good:)
     
  3. Onmilo

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    Outstanding!:)
    I love it when folks use "Evil" rifles for sporting purposes!
     
  4. FIVETWOSEVEN

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    Only hit with one shot? What happened to the other 29 rounds in your full auto spray from your banana clip?
     
  5. KAS1981

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    Nice. 7.62 should be a good deer round.
     
  6. JSpear

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    Congrats!!! I hope to get me a deer this season also
     
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    The last dear I got was using my SKS carbine. I can fully identify with the handy nature of a small carbine-sized weapon. I think the 7.62 is a great deer round. I too got mine in one shot at about 70 yards. Plus, I didn't have to worry about scratching it or banging it around like I do with my more expensive deer guns. Glad to hear I'm not the only one.
     
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    I believe the current term is "assault clip"
     
  9. BADUNAME37

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    Great job!
    I am into handgun-hunting, like you mentioned, it makes the rifleman have to pick his/her shots according to the equipment they are using!

    I would like to eventually bag one with my 500 Magnum (4" barrel) with the 275g Barnes Solid Copper XPB's (X-Pistol-Bullets) I found the gun likes best!

    That load is not a hot load at all, so I am kind of giving both the gun and my body a break from the feeling of just having a car-accident.
     
  10. walking arsenal

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    I was short on bananas so I only used a five round banandolier.
     
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    I use the 7.62x39 to hunt as well.

    My rifle is a Saiga SGL21 with an ultimak rail and Bushnell TRS25 red dot.

    100 yards and in, 124 grain soft points are perfect for me. Accurate and deadly.
     
  12. FIVETWOSEVEN

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    What's the mag cap limit in MN for a semi? Did you block off part of the mag?
     
  13. walking arsenal

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    There isn't one. However I have a 5 round mag for my AK that I used this weekend.
     
  14. JShirley

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    What state lets you use a full-auto to hunt? Unless you're not actually using an AK-47?


    If this seems like quibbling, how many of you would just accept it if told someone had taken "their M16" to hunt?

    I think the 7.62x39 with the right bullet is a fine short-range deer round. I bought a single-shot Rossi for my gf to hunt with~ unfortunately, the Rossi doesn't strike hard enough to reliably ignite even US ammo. :(

    John
     
  15. walking arsenal

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    It is quibbling. And I take offense at a moderator attempting to take my thread off topic over something so trivial. I would recommend opening another thread on the topic "is the AK an AK" but since we went there anyway and this thread is probably going to be hopelessly derailed from here on I'll toss in my $.02.

    *Puts on his quibbling hat and monocle*

    My AK is a Romanian SAR-1. It still has some of the full auto fire controls still in it. The only thing that separates it from a "real AK" is that they skipped a step in the machining process to make it semi auto only. In short, it's lacking the two holes for the rest of the full auto mechanism and the parts needed to make it full auto. That's it.

    The AR-15 is a different animal. It's built from the ground up as a semi auto only rifle. The fire control parts are barely similar to its full auto cousin the M-16. The sears, lower receiver, safety selector, and bolt carrier would all need to be machined and/or changed out to make it full auto. Even still the two rifles share an %80 parts commonality.

    If my SAR-1 and my AR-15 were laying side by side their military issue full auto counter parts the layman wouldn't be able to tell them apart. Only those of us who are more knowledgeable and know the inner workings can tell the difference and even then it's fuzzy. Patrick Sweeney, writer for "Gun digest" wrote an entire book on the AK and never indicates that there is a difference except for the mechanical one. He spends the entire book referring to the Semi-auto only AK as "The aK-47".

    I suppose I could start calling imy AK a SAR-1 but really that's only the name used by importers in an effort to lose the evil association of the AK-47 name. If I call it that then shouldn't all the other Semi-auto only AKs be called the same thing? In reality nearly everyone calls a Semi-auto AK, an AK.
     
  16. 4v50 Gary

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    Infallible proof that the 7.62 x 39 mm is an effective deer round and the AK may be used as a deer rifle.
     
  17. animator

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    This thread needs more pics of deer on the ground next to the AK-47 that shot them... for the "you don't go hunting with an AK" crowd...
     
  18. walking arsenal

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    It's true. I dropped the ball there. I didn't get any pics.
     
  19. Pony Express

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    congrats!

    I'd like to go there! on the state land where I usually hunt deer are few and far between
     
  20. walking arsenal

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    We manage for them to get them that way.

    We plant habitat, pack trails for them to get around on with our snowmobiles, and occasionally feed them when winters are really harsh and the snow is deep.

    In the end the payoff is a well managed heard that provides a lot of meat for our family every season.

    It's a good arrangement.
     
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    Impossible. Bill Engvall said you can't hunt deer with an AK. 60 bullets tear the meat all to pieces.
     
  22. walking arsenal

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    Yeah. But I only hit'em with the one so the meat is still good.
     
  23. WNC Seabee

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    +1. Needless quibbling and not very High Road, especially from an Admin.

    Congrats on the deer and taking on a new challenge. I'm using a revolver this year for much the same reasons; getting back to hunting vs shooting.
     
  24. walking arsenal

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    It's a good feeling Seabee.

    The idea came to me a couple seasons back when I surveyed a field with a heard of deer and then looked at my rifle and realized I could literally have my pick out of the heard. All of a sudden it all didn't seem very sporting to me anymore.

    I like to think the prey and predator should have a pretty equal chance at succeeding.
     
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    You could go all out "Predator" style, and make sure the deer all have weapons of their own before killing them... :)
     
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