10 Tips for Scent-Free Hunting

Although deer are not as aggressive as other species, deer possess a level of adaptability and defensive skills that allow them to protect themselves – their strongest asset being their noses. Over the years, there have been numerous types of gear and products that are specially created to help hunters control scent.

Here are a few easy tips that will keep you scent free:

  1. Use Odorless Detergents

Once you’re finished hunting, make sure that you use a detergent product that is manufactured specifically for hunting. Some of the best choices that you can find online or at local sporting stores include Scent A Way and Dead Down Wind.

  1. Wash your clothes in baking soda

An alternative to store-bought hunting detergents is detergent you can make in your own home. Washing your clothes in baking soda can help eliminate odors picked up by deer. You can also make large quantities of simple DIY detergent composed of peroxide, baking soda, and distilled water.

  1. Dry your clothes outside

After you’ve washed your hunting clothes, dry them outside. Hanging them outside to dry prevents indoor scents from clinging to your clothes like cleaning products, baking/cooking scents, etc.

  1. Store your washed hunting clothes

Once your clothes are completely dry, place them in a large air tight container for storage until your next usage. For an added measure, you can leave odorless dryer sheets in the container with your clothing.

  1. Use scent-free products

Take a scent-free shower before heading out into the field. Use scent-free body wash, shampoo, tooth paste, and deodorant. You can also use scent-sealed hunting gear to eliminate human scent, like scent-sealed slings, bags, and more.

  1. Use scent-eliminating spray

Using scent-eliminating spray will help mask any remaining scents you have or you’ve picked up on the way to the field.

  1. Scent-free baby wipes

For easy, inexpensive, and fast cleanup in the field, use scent-free baby wipes. An alternative for this is bringing rags that have also been washed in scent-free detergent, but they are harder to pack around than a package of scentless baby wipes.

  1. Use an Ozonics Unit

Although some hunters may think that Ozonics Units are unnecessary if you’ve taken enough precautions to cover up scent, they still can help hide human scent in the field. Ozonics Units mask your scent in ozone and continuously work to neutralize scent throughout the time that you’re out in the field.

  1. Wear rubber boots

Use knee-high rubber boots and tuck your pants into them. Make sure they are placed in an air tight container beforehand. Do not wear your boots at home or in any location to and from the hunting area.

  1. Keep your stand site downwind

One of the most basic yet important rules for preventing the spread of scent in the field is to stay downwind. Check the direction of the wind before setting up your stand site to make sure the wind won’t be blowing in the direction of your target and their bedding/feeding areas. You can check predicted wind conditions on weather websites and apps beforehand, but be prepared to double check the direction of the wind once you have arrived. It’s best to have the direction of the wind blowing towards a cliff, lake, pond, etc.

5 Best Turkey Scouting Tips For Hunter

If you’re looking to get into hunting as a beginner, turkey hunting can be a great introduction to this exciting and passion-filled lifestyle. My first hunting kill was a turkey during the Autumn season in South Dakota, along with my father and uncle. I was hooked after that- I’ve returned almost every year and taken part in many Spring season hunts as well.

Turkey hunting scouting tips are plentiful on the web and we’ll incorporate top tips and my experience here to give you a well-rounded knowledge base for the upcoming season. Make sure you check weapon requirements and bag limits for the state where you hunt and bring your camo gear. Here we go!

#1: Identify the best location

Different states and provinces have different regulations, so do research in advance and then get out there to scout the area.

  • The location is the most important of my turkey hunting scouting tips. Ideal turkey habitats are diverse and contain different sources of food, plenty of water, and shelter. Turkeys roost in trees and often drink from streams in more open areas. Much of their food is found in open areas.
  • Note whether you’ll be on public or private land and be sure you have necessary permits and permissions. (Here’s a great video about location)
  • Try planting a food plot heavy with bugs and wood to attract turkeys. I prefer to do this because it gives me the best chance at having nearby, well-hidden ambush areas. If you have the means to do this set it up while turkeys are roosting and be sure not to leave a man-made trace, (for reference, see this article).

#2: Start scouting early!

Turkeys are notoriously feisty and paranoid and without the proper approach you’ll find yourself eating Hormel from the grocery store instead of experiencing that delicious wild game taste and the satisfaction of self-sufficiency. Do your planning and you’ll see the easier side of turkey hunting.

  • There is no reason not to begin your turkey hunting scouting in late winter, like February or March. By finding where the flock is in your target location well in advance, you’ll have the best chance at knowing their habits and ultimately having a successful hunt. (Great article here)
  • As turkeys are very mobile, the longer you are able to observe them during scouting gives you best chance to learn their movements and be prepared for the hunt. Note their roosting and drinking areas on your map and how long they tend to spend there per day.
  • Set up trail cameras across the area and check on them every 2-4 days (checking more often is just extra time out that gives turkeys more chances to see you and avoid the area). Find where they are feeding, and when the season starts to follow the turkey hunting scouting tips in step 3.

#3: Plan to make a day out of scouting before the hunt.

Prep equals perfection. That’s my hunting motto, and the most successful  hunts I’ve done are the ones I prepped for the most. Follow a routine and always take notes of what you’re doing!

  • Break your day up into sections, each with a primary focus to help you achieve the overall goal of bagging a turkey. The night before, make sure you have everything in order and ready to go. Binoculars, topo map, GPS, notes/outlines/research of the target area, weapon, outdoor supplies and clothes. Get on the road by dawn and cruise around the hunting area listening for turkey sounds and keeping an eye out for any hints of turkey presence. (Good discussion here)
  • Later in the morning, patrol the hunt area. Watch for strutting toms in the fields, wooded areas, ridgetops, and crevasses. Blow the occasional owl call to perk their ears. Remember, when in open fields keep quiet always pay stark attention.
  • By afternoon you should have a general idea of where the turkeys are. Look for roost trees, droppings, food, and other signs to mark their trail and start pinpointing your ambush spots based on where they will be later in the evening. Your turkey hunting scouting process is now in full swing.
  • In the evening, follow their track from feeding back to roost spots. Before heading home, make sure you know exactly where they will be when you return the next morning for the hunt. I like to take notes on the map and mark ‘X’ in two to three different places I plan to hide out.

#4: Turkey talk!

Calling the birds reduces the chances that they will run away or remain hidden. Watch some videos of calls and practice while in your vehicle.

  • To call in the turkeys, you’ll want to frequently use the mating noises of young hens. Hopefully, you’ve been practicing all winter! In the fields, stop frequently to make the call and then listen carefully for ruffles, noises, or movement. Turkeys respond to calls and can be surprisingly social. Toms come in easier than the quiet gobblers. (Here is a sample turkey talk)
  • Having a decoy or stage noise maker makes your calls seem more authentic. Try and switch back and forth between your calls and using a decoy, this sounds more convincing!
  • More info on talk and fall prep here.

#5: Have your weapon ready to go during scouting.

This makes scouting as realistic as possible and gives you a chance to test visibility in your ambush areas. Just be sure to prep your weapon:

  • To avoid detection of your barrel, it should be camouflaged or at least dulled. Do this before turkey scouting and practice some approaches from your ambush spots. As part of your scouting prep be sure that the gun will shoot a clean shot to the head or neck from 20-40 yards, body shots won’t drop the bird cleanly.
  • For bow hunting, you’ll want to get within 20 yards. Practice your approach during the scouting and use a blind to conceal movement. (For actual hunting guide, see here)

I hope these turkey hunting scouting tips help you to better prepare for your next hunt! I’ve found turkey hunting to be the most addictive way to hunt because of the unique challenges those feisty birds bring to the table. I’d love to hear your thoughts and stories of turkey hunting- please share in the comments below! When taking new hunters out in the field, have them read up on procedures and take notes of what you are doing. If you found this article useful, share on social media because being prepared and educated about hunting is the best way to keep our passion sustainable for everyone.

3 Best Whitetail Scouting Tips

As a native Nebraskan, whitetail hunting is a sport I’ve been part of, seen, and thought about my entire life.

I’m fortunate to have taken part in several successful hunts that have landed trophy bucks and have watched the habits of long-time successful hunters. Here in this article, I’m going to share the most proactive whitetail scouting tips from my own experience and from what I’ve observed the most successful hunters doing. A successful scouting expedition is an unforgettable experience and by incorporating these tactics into your approach, you’ll find that tracking and bagging whitetail deer is an accomplishable task.

#1: Find the right habitat.

Whitetail deer follow habitual feeding and living and patterns. You aren’t going to see them springing alone across grassy knolls in broad daylight while you sit nearby, ready to ambush. Tracking deer starts with finding their living, grazing, and migrating hubs.

  • The simplest way to go about finding habitats likely to host whitetail bucks is to look for mature hardwood forests. These provide more cover than younger forests, as well as more nutrients and food. Acorns are a great sign – you’ll typically see white oak acorns falling as soon as September, with red and black acorns falling later in the season. Whitetail feed on these acorns and also on surrounding fauna.
  • Places like creek bottoms, clearings within forests, and other spots where the ground is relatively level and dry are places bucks will congregate. If it’s rocky, they will keep moving or avoid the area altogether.
  • In the right areas, you’ll find early scrapes from the bucks. Identify where bucks have marked territory with their antlers, forehead, or saliva, or kicked an area free of leaves and debris with their feet. On travel routes from higher elevations, you should be able to find areas marked by these scrapes as the bucks move towards feeding areas (source here). Find a secluded spot that provides visibility of their movement across the areas and observe what happens over the course of a morning. Not much activity means they may have detected a threat or moved on.
  • I always start by looking for natural and manmade objects that attract deer, perhaps the most basic of my whitetail scouting tips. Power lines, crevasses in otherwise flat terrain, ridges, rivers and streams. I recommend keeping three things top-of-mind during your approach:
    • Do whitetail feel safe here?
    • Can they feed or drink here?
    • What other wildlife is in the area that may drive them away?
  • A good visual of these areas is provided here:

#2: Locate staging and bedding areas

Staging areas are where deer wait until after sunset to move into an open field for food. They won’t do this during the day, but signs of their presence are usually visible. They move down from bedding areas, stage themselves 200 yards or less from the target area, and proceed when they feel safe. Look for these signs:

  • Bedding areas are typically found in areas where the bucks rest during the day and where the feed during the night. You will want to look for areas with shade and/or easy access to food, such as orchards, high fauna areas near water, and clover fields. If you can identify game trails you’ll know you are on the right track, follow them towards covered areas or areas with more diverse vegetation than just an open field.
  • The Whitetail Journey Team gives great examples of this in this video.

  • When whitetail approach a feeding or bedding area, they have a ‘prey’ mentality. They stop along hedges and trees up to 200 yards from the area and analyze the situation, usually waiting until dark to head into the open. These ‘staging areas’ can be great places to spot them. Backtrack from the bedding area towards cover and look for signs of presence like droppings, ruffled and nibbled branches/leaves. Here is another video showcasing staging areas:

  • Deer will forage five pounds of food every day. Partially chewed fruit, berries, and leaves are a great sign of recent activity in the area. Fresh droppings are also a good indication. Once you have found food sources and staging areas, you’re ready to find the rub line.

#3: Use the locations you’ve identified to unravel a rub line

Now you are ready to make your move. Find the rub line, find your ambush area, and wait. Keep these things in mind:

  • The mature bucks, the ones you really want to be focusing on, will make the first and most noticeable rubs. I usually see this happening in September. When you see a rub mark on a tree, you will know the buck faced that direction as he passed the tree, so head in that direction to find the next rub. You will likely notice some markings of passage from the buck. Once you have identified a line of rubs, mark them on a map so you don’t forget the locations.
  • After you have the line marked out, walk around the area and mark down key ambush spots along the rub line. Where will you have the best shot? Which areas provide the best visibility?
  • For the best whitetail scouting, use a trail camera. You’ll want to place it along the already identified rub line because you know that the deer are already using that route. This will save film and time, and help you identify when the route is being trafficked so that you’ll know when to be at your ambush spots.
  • Get to your spot early. Be very quiet. These seem like obvious whitetail scouting tips, but they shouldn’t be taken for granted. (Early season whitetail scouting is the best time.)

Conclusion

These are my tried and tested whitetail scouting tips that helped me land my first buck. Be smart in the field and be aware of your surroundings. This methodology combined with growing experience out in the field will help you be more successful in your hunting and feel more in control as well. I hope you enjoyed reading this and are excited to try the tips on your next! You also use best shooting sticks for hunting 2017 to hold your gun.

I’d love to hear what you think about this article, feel free to comment below and share on social media – the more educated and aware hunters are of best whitetail scouting practices, the more sustainable our sport will be not only for us but for future generations.

The Evolution Of The AR10 And The Best AR10 Versions

The AR-10 is definitely one of the rifles that you would like to have if you are a rifle aficionado, not only because it is good to use, but also because it is the forerunner of other versions of ArmaLite. There is surely no AR-15 without an AR-10; hence, it is but good to know where the heck the modern versions of ArmaLite came from.

How to find the best ar10 for the money

How to find the best ar10 for the money. Source: en.wikipedia.org

There were times likewise when the AR-10 ruled it over any other rifles available in the market. When Eugene Stoner conceived of the AR-10 in the late 50’s, he definitely knew that what he was up to was something great. Hence, when the first AR-10 graced the rifle market, most rifle enthusiasts and even hunting enthusiasts wanted to get hold of the AR-10.

The reason for this is that it was very innovative with a straight-line barrel and stock design that was never been used before. It is made of phenolic composite and some forged alloy parts which make AR-10 significantly smaller as compared to other rifles then, and allows its users to have easier control during automatic firing. Moreover, it was definitely lighter as compared to other infantry rifles during those days.

Throughout its existence, the AR-10 has evolved and had been rescaled. In fact, it was rescaled in 1957 and had been substantially improved to allow for the use of .223 Remington cartridge. However, it was not only the military who wanted to gain access to the use of AR-10; even governments who had learned of the effectiveness and efficiency of AR-10 had become desirous of buying this highly taunted rifle.

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Variants of the best AR10

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Fairchild holds the patent for the manufacturing of AR-10 since the late 1950s. In 1956, when the US Army was bent on replacing the old M1 Garand which was quite heavy, Fairchild submitted two prototype of AR-10. However, Fairchild was not successful in its bid at that time for the conventional T44 won the bid.

When the manufacturing license of AR-10 was bought by Artillerie Inrichtingen (A.I), AR-10 had its chance of being mass produced. Nicaragua ordered around 7,500 rifles; however, the deal was canceled when General Anastasio Somoza was almost hit by the ejector while doing the endurance test for the old AR-10.

Experts in firearms basically see three distinct variants of AR-10 that were produced under A.I. These were the Sudanese, the Transitional, and the Portuguese Models of AR-10. The good tips for you, you can use the best shooting ticks to hold the ar10, it will help you have the best target.

Now that you know what to look for when shopping for an AR10 we can get into some of the best ones depending on your budget.

1.DPMS Oracle 308 ($1,099)

The DPMS Oracle is a simple entry level AR10 that works well, especially for its cheap cost. The barrel is 16 inches and is chrome. The stock, handguard, gripe, and trigger are all relatively basic, but function well. The trigger is single stage. Outside of being affordable though, this is a very customizable gun. This means you can make it more your style easily. Also, you can fit a scope to it without any issues. The accuracy is really good and it is a reliable entry level gun.

2.Windham Weaponry SRC-308 ($1,400)

The Windham is a step up from the oracle, without much added cost. The barrel is 16.5 inches and is chrome lined steel. The attachments that it comes with such as handguard, gripe, and stock are all basic, but it is excellent for upgrades. The top is optic ready and you can attach pretty much any scope you want. The trigger is a standard single action. The quality is excellent and if you want a great gun to start out with and customize down the road, then this one is a really good option.

3.Aero M5E1 Complete Rifle ($1,400)

Another gun in the $1,400 range is the Aero M5E1. This gun has excellent accuracy and comes from a really respected brand for both entry level AR and higher end ones. The barrel on the base model is 16 inches and chrome, but you can upgrade it straight out of the box for not to much more money if you want to. The trigger is single action, but functions very well. It is not too loose or too tight. This gun can handle scopes and all the other accessories you might want to add like the other ones, and is extremely customizable. With this gun you don’t have to worry about getting low quality by spending less because it comes from a great brand and fires like a more expensive AR10.

4.Armalite AR10 ($2,200)

Getting into a little more expensive model we have the Armalite AR10. This gun is made by the original AR10 manufacturer, so you know it is top quality. The barrel can range in length depending on the one you pick out, but is steel. This means it will have better accuracy than the ones above this gun on this list. Also, the handguards, and stock are starting to get into some better quality ones. While the previous guns on this list aren’t bad, especially for the cost, this one is just better. Especially at the cost this one is. They could charge more and get it for this gun, because this is a nice rifle. Another thing that sets this gun apart from previous ones, is that it is a two stage trigger. This gun still will take any optics and can be customized the way you want it to be.

5.Daniel Defense DD5 ($3,300)

Last on this list is the Daniel Defense DD5 which comes in a few versions. This gun is worth every penny. The barrel is free floating and forged from cold hammered steel. The stock is adjustable and everything is customizable on it. The rail is long and can hold many attachments. The trigger is a two stage Geissele trigger. The accuracy on this gun is exceptional. Depending on what model you get, the barrel ranges from 18 inches to 20 inches. If you are in the market for a higher end gun, then this one is it. It is perfect for any type of shooting you can come up with doing with it. For defense or hunting, this rifle will get the job done.

Tips on Buying an AR10.

The usual tips that you should be cognizant of if you want to own an AR-10 include knowing your options. You can either assemble your own AR-10 or buy a preassembled one. If you are going to assemble, there are tips that you should know, and you should also have knowledge on how to shop around for quality parts. However, if you want to buy a ready-made AR-10, you can easily avail of a pre-assembled one. Yet, bear in mind that the quality of the AR-10 unit that you would get depends on the quality standard of the manufacturer from which you have chosen to buy.

Conclusion

The AR10 will always remain a desirable rifle for rifle aficionados. Despite the emergence of newer versions and more novel rifles that take its cue from the radical innovations made throughout the radical evolution of AR-10, the rustic AR-10 will still remain very dear to the heart of rifle aficionados. And i have article about ar10 vs ar15, you can find a lot useful information. Let’s buy the best ar10 for money to use.

So now you know what to consider when buying an AR10 and know a few brands and models to look into, to find the best AR10 for your budget. The prices listed are estimates, as prices are always changing with new models coming out and sales, but they will give you a rough idea of what to expect when you start shopping. The great thing about the AR10 is it is a versatile fire arm and a highly customizable gun. No matter which model you buy, you will sure to be happy with it and be able to make it your own.

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Where To Shoot A Turkey? Shoot With A Bow Or Rifle?

You would certainly think that hunting a turkey is a walk in the park considering the fact that turkey seems to be a better target than big games such as bear, elk, or even a bison.

You may have underestimated the prowess of turkey, for despite the fact that the turkey may have a pea-sized head, it may be quite difficult to hunt it, especially if you are just tyro in the art of hunting. It will be easy if you are hunting a domesticated turkey; however, it will definitely be preposterous to hunt a domesticated turkey.

On the other hand, it will surely be a rough adventure if you are going to hunt wild turkeys. Wild male turkeys usually weigh around 6 to 11 kg, and is barely 125 cm in length. The female turkeys however are a bit smaller than the male with a weight that ranges from 2 to 5.4 kg. The habitats of wild turkeys include the hardwood and conifer forests, although sometimes, they inhabit the fields, orchards, marshes, and even the pastures.

The behavior of turkeys are quite predictable. Despite their heavy weight as compared to other birds, they are capable and agile fliers. They can even fly and perch at the canopy top, although they usually prefer to fly very near the ground, and they can fly for almost half a mile.

You will definitely sense the presence of wild turkeys by the different sounds they make. They usually produce many types of sounds, and there are several terms associated with turkey sounds such as those of clucks, gobbles, putts, yelps, cuts, cackles, kee-kees, and purrs. If you want to be a great hunter of turkey, you should be cognizant of these different sounds created by turkeys and of the usual behavior of turkeys.

Turkeys are usually foraging anywhere they would find food. They can climb small trees, and they eat various types of food such as nuts and acorns. Hence, you will surely encounter one or two of them in the wild. It is however good to know the different tips on how to hunt a turkey for you to be successful in your hunting spree.

These tips include the best season to hunt turkeys. Likewise, as a hunter, you should know the behavior of your target game, and should also be knowledgeable of the best tools and weapons you should use to hit your target. In the case of hunting turkey, you got to carry with you your best weapons and know your range of efficiency in hitting a turkey.

How to Attract your Turkey?

Plant food Plot

Just like in any hunting game, you need to draw out your target to a specific location where in you can have a good shot at it. To draw out turkeys, you need to plant lush food plot for the unsuspecting turkeys, for surely, turkeys want abundant forage.

Learn the Turkey Calling Sounds

Turkeys, as mentioned earlier, create different types of vocalizations. They usually use these vocalizations for different reasons such as attracting or calling their mates or simply informing their mates about their locations. Two of the most popular turkey vocalizations that you can make use of is the hen yelp and the simple cluck. If you master these two calling sounds, you may end up with a lot of killed turkeys when you go back home. You can also learn the turkeys’ slate call and the locator calls.

Wear the Best Camouflage while hunting

If you really want to be almost invisible to the gobbler’s eyes, it is imperative that you wear a total camouflage. Your camouflage should be appropriate to the specific season for hunting, and your camouflage should match the color of the place.

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Where to Shoot a Turkey with a bow

Where to Shoot a Turkey with a bow

Where to shoot a turkey with a bow

It is of course quite difficult to hunt a turkey with a bow, for turkeys become easily aware of any imminent or actual danger. They immediately take flight at the first sense of danger. For this reason, it is very difficult to use a bow or even to take aim at the turkey using a bow. In fact, at the sight of a turkey, it would really be quite difficult for you to even come to a full draw without the turkey immediately sensing you. However, if you have properly set up your decoys, you can have enough time to take a good aim at the turkey. The best distance to hit a turkey is around 15 yards away, although you can still hit it from around 20 yards. You should also find the different of single cam vs dual cam bow, learn about advantage and disadvantage of them!

The bow that you should use for turkeys should have lighter drawing weight with a higher let off. The reason for this is that you need higher accuracy with turkey because you got a smaller target space with a turkey. You should also use highly specialized broadheads for turkey, because you want to immediately impart a fatal wound on a turkey target.

Aim for the head, neck, heart, and spine, and liver

If you aim for the head or neck, you may fatally wound the turkey; however, hitting these areas is quite challenging and there is a strong likelihood that you would miss on these targets. Hence, it is also good to aim for the midrib; and obviously, with the midrib as your target, you may also hit the heart, lungs, spines, and even liver. It is definitely not good to aim for the legs for that is tantamount to driving the bird to become airborne.

Where to Shoot a Turkey with a shotgun

Where to Shoot a Turkey with shotgun

Where to Shoot a Turkey with a shotgun

One of the best weapons to hunt turkey is with the use of a shotgun. A single-shot shotgun may be your best option because it is the less expensive among shotguns. You can use a single pellet that can readily hit the head and deliver a deadly blow. Likewise, you can also opt for the popular Mossber 835 or Remington 870. Moreover, you can also use semi-automatic shotguns if you want a follow-up shot with minimal recoil.

When using a shotgun, it is good to aim for the neck with a single pellet shot. However, if you want a more decisive hit, you can swarm your target for a more efficient hit.

Where to Shoot a Turkey with a Rifle

Where to Shoot a Turkey with a rifle

Where to Shoot a Turkey with a rifle

Choosing a rifle is somewhat a personal choice, as long as you are comfortable with your rifle. There are plenty of turkey rifles to choose from depending on the budget that you have. The .22 Hornet, for example, is a good rifle for beginners.

Just like when using bows and single-shot shotguns, you should also aim at the neck or the head of the turkey to deliver a fatal shot on it when using a rifle. However, the head and neck is quite difficult targets to hit using a rifle. Hence, you can also opt to hit the turkey on its spine and heart; but surely you wouldn’t want to leave a gaping wound on the chest of the bird.

Conclusion:

Hunting turkey is one of the most exhilarating and exciting hunting games you can engage in in the wild. As long as you have the right weapon and know the habitat of wild turkeys, you will always be amply rewarded with many hits in the end.

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Lastly, as long as you are cognizant of the usual behavior of turkey, you can always draw out the turkey to your target location and effectively and efficiently take an aim at it. Hope you find the best place to shoot a turkey.

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What Is Ar10 Vs Ar15? Which Is Better? Compare Them!

In October 1954, the Fairchild Engine and Aircraft Company’s ArmaLite Division was established under the tutelage of George Sullivan and it began working on the development of the lightweight paratrooper’s rifle—the AR-1 “Parasniper” rifle.

The AR-5 survival rifle for downed aircrew and pilots of the U. S. Air Force immediately followed the development of AR-1. While testing the AR-5 on a shooting range, Sullivan met the talented Eugene Stoner, whom Sullivan hired immediately as his chief design engineer. By 1955, the first prototype of the novel AR-10 had been completed.

Due to the AR-10’s failure to gain significant market, the ArmaLite design team created the AR-15, a scaled-down version of the AR10.

The AR15 became the basis for the famous M16 “Armalite” assault rifle. All ArmaLite guns and rifles bear the prefix AR to indicate that they are part of the evolution of the original AR-1. In 1959, ArmaLite sold its rights on the AR-10 and AR15 designs to Colt Manufacturing Company.

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The AR10

What is an ar10?

What is ar10. Source: rainierarms.com

The AR10 is a lightweight, air-cooled, gas operated 7.62mm (.308 in) assault rifle that fires the NATO standardized 7.62x51mm cartridge in 20-round detachable box magazine.

True to its name, the Armalite AR10 weighs between 3.29 to 4.05 kilograms (7.25 to 8.9 lbs) without ammunitions and magazine. Its lightness was due to the extensive use of aluminum alloy for its metal parts except for the steel barrel, bolt and bolt carrier, and glass reinforced plastic on the buttstock, handguard, and pistol grip.

Most gas-operated rifles bleeds the propellant gas to a port in the gun barrel to the piston in a cylinder running parallel to the gun barrel.

The gas then pushes the piston to enable the bolt to re-cock, release the spent cartridge, and load a fresh round to the chamber to make the gun ready for firing. The difference, however, of Stoner’s AR10 design lies in the fact that the propellant gas bleeds through a cylinder running in parallel with the gun barrel to impinge the bolt carrier mechanism.

This “direct gas impingement” gives the best AR10 a high cyclic rate of fire of 700 rounds per minute with a muzzle velocity of 845 meters per second or 2,772 feet per second.

Externally, the AR10’s looks has become iconic due to its predecessor, the AR15 or specifically the M-16. The AR15 incorporates an elevated front sight and a carrying handle that houses the rear sights and acts a protection to the cocking/charging lever. Likewise, the AR-10 measures 1.029 meters (40 ½ inches) in overall length with a barrel length of 0.508 meters or 20 inches.

The AR15

What is ar15?

What is ar15? Source: rainierarms.com

Derived from the AR10, the AR15 uses the same “direct gas impingement” operation introduced in the AR10 and carries most developments as compared to its predecessor.

However, while the AR-10 is a “full-caliber” rifle, the AR15 is a lighter version of 5.56mm (0.223 in) caliber. The AR15/M16 uses the 5.56x45mm M193 cartridge in 20- or 30-round magazines. The AR15/M-16 extensively use the lightweight “nylonite” for its furniture, and can weigh from 2.2 to 3.9 kilograms or 5.5 to 8.5 lbs.

The “direct gas impingement” via rotating bolt operation gives the AR-15 a cyclic rate of fire of 800 rounds a minute with a muzzle velocity of 975 meters per second or 3,200 feet per second to a maximum effective range of 550 meters or 600 yards. The AR-15/M-16 has an overall length of 1.006 meters or 39.63 inches with a barrel length of 0.508 meters or 20 inches.

Pros and Cons of ar10 vs ar15

The AR10 vs AR15 has its own share of good and bad points.

One of the good points that both rifles share when compared with other contemporary designs of its time is lightness.

Due to this inherent lightness, it is possible to carry more ammunition with these two types of rifles. However, with the 7.62mm AR10 and 5.56mm AR15 cartridges, you can carry a lot more of the lighter rounds at any given weight.

While the 7.62mm round can outrange the 5.56mm round, the smaller projectile travels at much higher speeds than the bigger projectile.

Due to the higher mass of the AR10’s larger bullet, the projectile can store greater kinetic energy that can translate into stopping or knocking power.

On the other hand, the higher rate of fire that the AR15 imparts can translate into multiple hits. However, the term AR-10 and AR-15 applies only to single-shot and semi-automatic versions for civilian use.

Which Rifle is Better & Who Will Use It?

Which is better between ar10 vs ar15

Which is better between ar10 vs ar15. Source: gundigest.com

Both AR10 vs AR15 rifles attract the attentions of many gun collectors, hunters, sport shooters, and even law enforcers.

Both rifles are light enough to carry around even by women of small stature.

It is, however, the number of rounds needed to do a job that really matters.

For big game hunters, of course it is better to have a large caliber like 7.62mm rifle. It will be easier to use and necessitates less bullet to bring down a large game.

Law enforcers, especially snipers, need a 7.62mm AR10 with a best scope for ar 10 to have a good standoff range in order to cover a wider search area. AR10 has greater range than most 22 rifles.

AR15 is well suited for home protection, varmint and other small game hunting, and even security and public protection duties. A single-shot from a small caliber rifle is nothing new in enforcing security and public protection.

The Royal Ulster Police constables use the 5.56mm Ruger semi-automatic rifles during the IRA heydays in Northern Irish cities along with British infantry units armed with 7.62mm L1A1 semi-automatic rifles. The useful tips to hold the target is using a best shooting sticks.

What Parts Are Interchangeable Between Ar15 and Ar10

One common question with today’s tactical rifles is which parts are interchangeable between an AR-15 and an AR-10.

For starters, AR-15s and AR-10s are extremely similar weapons. They function in very similar ways, are built on similar frames and have some similar parts.

The primary difference between the two is that an AR-15 is bored in 5.56/.223 and an AR-10 is bored in 7.62/.308.

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We will take a look at some of the parts that are commonly interchangeable between AR-15s and AR-10s.

Keep in mind that this is a general list, and different firearms manufacturers may use slightly different parts, so there is no guarantee that every single part we list will be interchangeable between every single AR-15 and AR-10.

Here is the list of commonly interchangeable parts between the two.

1. Buttstock Assembly

The buffer tubes of AR-15s and AR-10s are commonly the same diameter, so the same buttstock assemblies can be used for both.

While this is a simple part, a quality buttstock assembly can improve your shooting and allow for more comfort.

2. Trigger Group

Despite the fact that the lowers of AR-15s and AR-10s are generally different sizes, because they are based on a very similar frame, trigger groups are generally interchangeable between the two.

The trigger group consists of the trigger, trigger spring, hammer, hammer spring, disconnector, and disconnector spring.

Mechanicaly, it is a simple mechanism, and can be used on both an AR-15 and an AR-10.

3, Buffer Detent and Spring

While it is a very small, seemingly insignificant part, the buffer detent and spring is interchangeable between AR-15s and AR-10s.

This small part holds the buffer of the weapon in place.

However, due to the differences in recoil, the buffer itself is not interchangeable.

4. Safety Selector

Yet another very small part, however, the importance of this part is unquestioned. The safety selector switch is generally the same in AR-15s and AR-10s, so this part is interchangeable.

5. Magazine Release Button and Spring

The magazine release button and spring is an interchangeable part, despite the fact that the magazine catch is different in an AR-15 and an AR-10.

6. Pistol Grip

As they are based on the same frame, AR-15s and AR-10s commonly have the same size pistol grip. An improved pistol grip will help some people shoot more accurately, and will generally be more comfortable.

Despite the fact that the AR-15 and AR-10 are extremely similar weapons, there are enough differences to prevent most parts from being interchangeable. These differences are generally a result of the different calibers, which require different size parts. Even though the weapons are so cosmetically similar, and function in the same way, the difference in size results in all around different parts.

This list gives you an idea of some of the parts that are interchangeable between ar10 vs ar15.

While most of these parts may seem insignificant, the trigger group specifically will make the most difference. An improved trigger group will help the average shooter, and is definitely worth upgrading.

Conclusions

At present, there is a significant growth in sales and market for commercial rifles and its accessories.

Due to the vast media coverage that the military enjoyed in the recent years, there has been a public clamor, not just for the rifle itself, but for tactical gadgets such as the red dot and reflex sights, scopes, laser spot, AN/PEQ tactical lights, combat grips, picatinny or tactical rails, bipods, and folding stocks. The market is overflowing with such items as upgrades to existing rifle. You can readily convert the looks of your old AR-10 or AR-15 into their military versions by simply replacing the old hand guard with picatinny rail and by adding the accessories you want. Most gun owners want to “militarize” their guns, not because they love the military, but for the sake of dressing the gun up.

For the ordinary people without any knowledge about guns and rifles, it is difficult to tell if the rifle is a military or a civilian version. Is that an M16 or an AR-15? Lastly, there are no regulations on “militarizing” the rifle’s appearance or looks. But in last, i think ar10 vs ar15 are also good gun.

What Is Single Cam vs Dual Cam Bows?

Bow and arrow have really evolved throughout the centuries. Being one of the primary weapons in war before, it has been relegated long ago to uses involving leisurely hunting and archery after the development of more lethal weapons such as rifles and guns.

Nowadays, there are many enthusiasts who prefer bow hunting over rifle hunting, considering the fact that bow hunting is more primitive and more exciting than rifle hunting. To some enthusiasts, it give them a sense of primal power that they can never really get out of the use of rifle as a weapon of hunting.

There are many forms of bows; however, if you are a bow hunting enthusiast, you are definitely cognizant of the two primary choices when it comes to bows, and these two choices are single cam vs dual cam bows.

The mechanics on how a bow works is not a complicated system. In most forms of bows, the essential mount of the bow contains the sights, quivers, stabilizers, and limbs. This mount is commonly called risers. The limb is either mounted with a cam or a wheel, and the cam usually differs in design from one form of bow to another. The cam can be used to store energy to propel the arrow, and this process of storing energy on the cam is called bow eccentrics. There are different types of bow eccentrics and the two popular types of bow eccentrics are those of the single cam and the dual cam.

There are always questions as to which is better to use between single cam and dual cam bows. Although the argument is not that important, the answers, however, to the abovementioned questions lie in the understanding of the disparities between the single cam and the dual cam bows.

Single Cam Bows

Single cam bow

Single cam bow. Source: huntersfriend.com

Single cam bows have single cam or wheel on their limbs. This single cam is located at one of the limbs of the bow. The mechanism as to how the single cam works is similar to the way a dual cam bow works. However, here are some of the pros and cons regarding the use of the single cam over the dual cam.

Advantages of using the single cam:

  • It doesn’t easily go out of tune: You need not worry about more often of any change in the flight of your arrow; hence, your arrow will not go astray. This also means that it is easier to keep in tune.
  • The single cam bow is quieter than that of the dual cam: This means that if you are going to engage in bow hunting, you got a better chance of not disturbing or alerting your target after you have let go of your arrow. This also means that you got a better chance of hitting your target after unleashing the arrow.
  • It is more precise: Since the single cam bow doesn’t easily go out of tune, you can definitely expect that you can have a more precise aim at your target than that of the dual cam.

Disadvantages of Single Cam Bows:

  • Single cams bows are a bit slower than those of dual cam bows: This means that if you want a more aggressive draw, you will surely find it more effortful than using a dual cam bow.

Dual Cam Bows

Dual cam bow

Dual cam bow. Source: huntersfriend.com

It is tempting to say that the dual cam bows have plenty of advantages over single cam bows. Dual cam bows definitely continue to improve making it almost maintenance free. Moreover, it is almost the same as the single cam bows. Since the evolution of the hybrid and binary cams, the seeming disadvantages of dual cam have been greatly diminished.

  • Advantages of Dual Cam bows:It is very fast: Since it has a level nock travel, it can give your arrow a smooth straight and level flight. Since there are two cams that work together to provide energy to your draw, you can surely create a stronger draw that provides a faster flight for your arrow.
  • Low Maintenance: The hybrid and binary cam systems almost eliminate the maintenance required for the dual cam bow
  • Shorter Strings Required: Since you are using two cams, you need less stretch and untwist. This means that you will definitely have a peep sight that is definitely more anchored.

Disadvantages of Dual Cam:

  • Noisier than single cam: This means that the let off is less smooth than that of the single cam. It likewise produces more sound than that of the single cam.

Conclusion about single cam vs dual cam bows:

The single cam vs dual cam have been widely used by bow hunters all throughout the world. Some bow hunters prefer the single cam over the dual cam, while others prefer the dual cam over the single cam. Yet, in the last analysis, these two types of bows are almost equal in appeal and versatility. There may be disparities between the two but everything boils down to the archer’s preference. Oh, if you are looking a best shooting sticks to hold your bow, check my post out!

The Best Ways to Hunt and Kill a Bear

The more elusive and ferocious the big game is, the more exciting and invigorating the hunting process will be. This is definitely true for those who are engaged in big game hunting, especially, those who hunt bears whether these bears be grisly or brown bears. Bear hunting have already been one of the favorite sports of hunters since time immemorial.

In modern times, however, bears have been one of the favorite big games by hunters because of their ferocity and size. Game hunters, for example, experience more excitement in hunting black bears than the common white-tailed buck for the following reasons:

  • First, it is heftier and bigger than the white-tailed buck.
  • Second, it is heavily boned, and therefore, it is more difficult to hit the internal organs of bears than those of other big games.
  • Third, it is ferocious and huge, and can eat you if you don’t hit it fatally.
  • Moreover, bears have smaller heads, and it would be quite difficult to hit their heads than other big games.
  • Furthermore, bears are covered with thick and long hair, and hence it is quite difficult to specifically target a particular part of the bears’ body.

Best Weapons to Hunt Bears

how to kill a bear

how to kill a bear

There are many weapons that you can use to hunt bears, and of course, the best weapons would be those of bows and rifles. Both these weapons can inflict fatal wound on bears as long as you know exactly where to fatally hit the bears. If you are going to use a bow, the ideal shot that you should use would be an arrow that can readily pierce through the lungs of the bear. It is likewise advisable to hit both lungs because bears can definitely run a distance even with only one lung functioning. A precise shot at the lungs of the bear with an arrow can surely drop dead a fierce bear. Furthermore, you can use any type of bow that can pierce through the lungs of the bear, whether the bow be single cams or dual cams.

Similarly, if you are using a rifle, the best shot would be through its lungs. It is critical that you are cognizant of the anatomy of the bear so that you can rightly aim at the parts of the bear that are vulnerable enough to cause it a sudden and abrupt death. The lungs of bears are located slightly farther back while their shoulders are a bit angled forward. Always remember that any hunter should aim at the quickest death of his or her preys as a general ethos of hunters. If you are using a rifle, you should carefully choose the right rifle for bear hunting. You choice should depend on your ways of hunting, maneuverability and accuracy, versatile optics, and iron sights.

The Best Body Parts to Hit in order to instantly Kill a Bear

If you are engaged in bear hunting, you need to know where to hit the bear to instantly kill it. Moreover, it is also crucial that you get some of the helpful tips on how to fatally hit your prey.

1.Arrow or Bullet placement

Whether you are using an arrow or a rifle, it is important to know where you want to lodge the arrow or bullet on the body of the bear. Given the fact that you already got the best bow and arrow and rifle at hand, you still need to know where to aim the arrow or bullet on your target. This process is called bullet or arrow placement, and if you are seasoned hunter, you definitely know what part of the anatomy of the bear is the most vulnerable and can inflict immediate death when hit by an arrow or bullet. Hitting the bear in the heart or lungs can surely bring immediate death to the bear. Canadian bear hunters, for example, suggest that you should aim at the “middle of the middle” or at a point where front and hind legs intersect with back and the belly of the bear.

2.Develop marksmanship

Bear is ferocious animal, especially if it is enraged. For this reason, if you hit it, you should hit it fatally, otherwise it will get back at you with more ferocity. Hence, you should know your most comfortable distance in hitting a bear. You should likewise know at what distance you are capable of hitting the specific area where you want to hit your target. In the case of bear hunting, you should know at what distance you can hit the lungs or heart of the bear efficiently and effectively. It is not a matter of knowing what furthest distance you can hit a target efficiently, but it is a matter of knowing at what distance you are most effective in hitting your bear

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3. Fatal Lung shots

The most appropriate shot that you can engage in is the lung shots. If you hit a bear on its lungs, it is almost certain that the bear will drop dead, especially if you hit both lungs of the bear. It will seldom move or travel beyond 100 yards when you hit it on its lungs. Moreover, the lungs are bigger targets aside from being a deadly zone to hit. You also have very little margin of error when you aim for the lungs. On the one hand, if you shoot a bit low, you may hit the heart, and if you shoot a bit high, you will surely hit the shoulder which will also be quite debilitating to the bear. Likewise, if you miss the lungs by an inch, you will surely hit one of the vital organs of the bear such as the liver or any internal organ.

4. The Heart shots

Some hunters may deliberately aim for the heart of the bear, but it is too obvious that the heart is a more difficult target than the lungs. Likewise, the heart can be covered or hidden from sight by the upper legs of the bear. However, if you aim for heart, you definitely would hit one of the vital organs of the bear if you miss the heart by an inch. Hence, it is also a good target to aim at. You should bear in mind, however, that a bear shot in the heart usually travels farther than that of a bear shot in the lungs.

Other shots like neck and head shots and shoulder shots can also inflict major wounds on the bear. Moreover, these shots can also be fatal to the bear. However, in many instances, these shots do not bring immediate death to the bear, and for these reasons, bear hunters prefer to take aim at the lungs and the heart instead of aiming for the head, shoulders, and neck shots.

10 Things You Need to Know When Hunting with Bow

Basing on experience, it is easy to say that bow hunting is more exciting than rifle hunting. Hence, if you have recently decided to give up on rifle hunting and give bow hunting a try, you definitely made a good decision. Bow hunting is exciting and would surely give you a novel experience. Despite the fact that there is a great discrepancy in the range of effectiveness between the rifle and the bow—the rifle hunter’s range of effectiveness being 200 yards or more, while the bow’s range of effectiveness is restricted to 2.3 yards to 42 yards—yet the experience of pulling off a great hit using a bow is far more rewarding than that of hitting your prey using a rifle.

10 Things You Need to Know When Hunting with Bow

10 Things You Need to Know When Hunting with Bow

Bow hunting is not an easy hobby, for there are definitely certain things that you should learn if you want to engage in it. Moreover, you should be cognizant of certain tips that may help you increase your effectiveness as a bow hunter, and here are ten valuable tips that you can learn by heart to ensure that you will be an effective and efficient bow hunter.

  1. Practice makes perfect:

You should practice your craft all summer so that when the hunting season comes in, you are well-prepared for hunting. Great hunters are not created instantaneously, and just like what the old adage would usually remind you that practice makes perfect, you should also hone your bow hunting skills even before you face the real hunting process. Remember that nothing is achieved without sacrifice. Hence, you should sacrifice some of your time and effort beforehand, perfecting the use of bow and arrow to ensure that you will never come out empty-handed during the hunting season. Practices will definitely allow you to figure out your weak points in your bow hunting skill. Hence, prior practices will allow you to correct whatever is erroneous and defective in your hunting style.

  1. Get the Best Hunting Tools and Accessories:

You should likewise ensure that you got the best hunting tools and accessories. If you want to feel good about your new outdoor hobby, you got to buy one of the best hunting bows at hand. However, whatever bow you choose, you should ensure that it is reliable and can be adjusted to fit your specific shooting needs. Moreover, aside from the right bow, you should also have the needed accessories for bow hunting. You may be needing tools such as knife and other tools that may be useful during your bow-hunting spree. You may also need a bow stand or a ladder if you are hunting on areas where there are many pine trees. Shooting sticks is the best hunting tool for hold a bow.

  1. Know the Place where you are going to hunt:

It is imperative that you scout the place where you are going to hunt prior to your hunting. Just like what every good hunter does, you need to know the terrain and the movement of your potential targets. This means that you should spend much time in the open field to familiarize yourself with the outside conditions. The more you engage in scouting, the more you become a better bow hunter. You need to know top best place for deer hunting if you wanna hunt a deer with bow

  1. Know your Effective Range:

You should also understand and know your effective kill range or EKR. This range is definitely the range wherein you can effectively hit your target. It is also the range where you can aim at your 9-inch circle. Many bow hunters place their EKR at around 40 yards. At this range, they are very effective in hitting their target. Others however place their EKR lower than that. EKR is definitely relative to your ability, and it depends on you to discover your effective kill range. Now once you have figured out your EKR, it behooves you to limit yourself within that range to ensure that you are within your effective range. However, if you want to increase your EKR, you can surely work on it by honing your skills further.

  1. Wind and Temperature: Hone Your Senses

The wind plays a big factor in your hit and miss. If you are quick to figure out the movement of the wind, you can definitely improve on your targeting skills. The wind readily shifts from one direction to another; hence, you should make the wind work in your favor, otherwise, you would be prone to missing your target.

  1. Be diligent in hunting:

Hence, you should condition your senses and body for the hunting process. Bow hunting is not for the weak of body and stamina. Hence, you should work out your body to improve your stamina and strength. Great hunters are patient. They sometimes sit and wait in one corner, waiting for their prey. For this reason, if you want to be successful in hunting, you need to be up to the rigor and challenge of bow hunting.

  1. Attract your target:

Deer are often attracted to scents, and if you know how to play with scents, you can easily draw your target closer to you. Scent control is necessary if you want to get closer to your target. Moreover, you can immediately drive away your target if your target smells your scent. You should therefor use scentless soap when showering before going for a hunt.

  1. Ask the Expert:

When you are not sure about what you are doing, you should ask someone who is more knowledgeable and more experienced in the field of bow hunting.

Moreover, you should also do your research on bow hunting to ensure that you are well-equipped good ideas on how to effectively hunt.

  1. The Value of Good Vantage Point:

Always bear in mind that your success as a bow hunter is determined more often by your correct stand or position. For this reason, you should set yourself in strategic position that allows you to get a closer look at your target.

  1. Know the behavior of your target:

Make sure that you read more about your target preys and learn their daily habits and behavior. With this knowledge at hand, you can definitely predict their behavior, and you will get good hits along the way.