Originally Posted by 300whisper
It's bc it's a military rifle...not insulting your intelligence with that remark but Americans identify with the military and a lot of traditions and habits we have are from it. Look at the 3 most popular chamberings in the US, 30-06, 308, and 223. All military cartridges. The AR is just filling the gap from the M14, the M1 garand, and 1903A3. Once the military adopts a new rifle that will be the new craze. Personally I think they are sleek and ergonomically sound. And for scientific, quantitative purposes it is categorized as "tacticool."
What gas blow back would you use, side car?
I just happen to have a Ruger mni 14 Target accurized by Accuracy Systems Inc., in Colorado. It's a pillar bedded gas blowback with 30 round magazines, has adjustable gas block to control ejection and it's a tack driver. At 100 yards, it's one ragged hole for 3 or 30. The design is based on a modified M1 Garand action.
Basically, it's a gun cabinet queen unless I'm punching paper or shooting wood hogs out back.
Too small to be considered a hunting rifle (personally, I don't believe any 223 (22 caliber) is a viable round for humane culling of any deer sized or larger animal, but, a through the eye or ear shot with this rifle is very doable within a couple hundred yards.
I typically load 55 grain Hornady spire point boat tails in OFMB with CCI SR benchrest primers and H335 in various charge weights. I also load 55 grain ballistic tipped V-Max.
It has a 6.5 x 30 Leupold VX3 Target scope with high turrets and fine duplex with a Harris 2 axis bipod out front.
Its not 'tacticool'. I don't care for that term. Those terms are what turns the population against the sport. Always remember that this is a publically viewed forum which means anyone, not just registered posters can read and assimilate information posted on here and that includes the Department of Homelaqnd Security, among others.
We need to refrain from using those terms when discussing any firearm and retailers need to abstain from those terms as well.
The mini in target form is asthetically pleasing. Fine with me. My only semi auto other than a couple 1911's.