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Hi everyone. I just finished reading and posting in the thread concerning the use of .223 to hunt hogs and I mention that my new go to hog gun is going to be the 300 AAC Blackout. As you will notice, I am a bit of a 300 Blk fanboy, its such a versatile round.
Many are not familiar with the 300 Blk which is understandable since the round has only been out a couple of years now (300 AAC BLACKOUT was approved by SAAMI on January 17, 2011). If you have heard of the 300 Whisper then know that the 300 blackout is basically (there are some differences) the standardized version of the 300 Whisper.
When it comes to performance the 300 Blk performs like a 30-30. The biggest advantages the 300 Blk has over the 30-30 is that an AR-15 can be turned into a 300 Blk with a simple barrel change, and the 300 Blk is superb when it comes to suppressed subsonic (quiet) application.
With that said, I personally have never had a need to own an AR-15 as I don't compete in 3 gun or anything like that, I have no fantasies of hunting zombies, and I have no real hunting application for a .223. I do however hunt tasty animals, and I have the fantasy of dropping multiple hogs quietly before they know what is hitting them. Also, my ears have gotten painfully sensitive to sharp or very loud sound over the past 2 years so hunting quietly all the time is a great bonus for me (suppressors are now legal to hunt game with in Texas).
I've assembled a 300 Blk bolt gun from a Savage Axis .223 and I am waiting on my 1st ever AR-15 in 300 Blk (it's 3 months late now) . I now have a reason to own a AR-15 in 300 Blk and that reason is to drop as many hogs as silently as possible.
I plan to shoot:
- 130grain Barnes TTSX bullets supersonic (fast ones) all game
- 200grain Lehigh Defense Maximum Expansion bullets subsonic (quite ones) for deer
- 220grain Sierra Matchking bullets subsonic (again quiet ones) for hogs aiming for head/neck shots.
You can see the versatility of the gun in my rounds listed above. I've never taken more than 4 animals in any single sitting (using a bolt action 30-06) so a 10 bullet clip should do fine for me. I'm not a pray and spray guy but I have on a number of occasions taken 3+ animals in a single sitting with a bolt gun.
Anyhow, the purpose of this post is to bring about a little awareness of the round, for me to let out some of my excitement over my new rifles, and to spark constructive conversation concerning the topic (as apposed to petty debates or pissing contests). Please ask questions and lets discuss away. Thanks
Here is the AR-15 in 300 Blk I'm waiting on:
Last edited on Sun Jun 2nd, 2013 11:56 pm by PorkAddict
Well a little update. Primary Weapons Systems completely hosed me on the rifle. I basically waited 12 months, with getting the run around for 6 of those months for them to tell me they were not going to go into production with creating that model of rifle! I had to call them to find out that I was not going to get the rifle. Such pooooooooor business practice.
Anyhow, I said screw them and assembled my own 300 AAC Blackout with my own wood furniture including a customized hand guard I created myself out of two other hand guards.
The images are kind of crappy but it's the best I could do with what I have. Enjoy
Before I modified:
My custom free float hand guard creation, top view: