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What should I hunt with a 300 Blackout?

Posted on November 9, 2017 at 8:15 PM Comments comments (0)

Why should I hunt with 300 Blackout?

Brad Amick

Why should you hunt with a 300 Blackout? When you ask hunters about calibers and why you should use them you will often get a variety of answers. “Oh, you need a 300 Win Mag, or “no you need a 7 Mag.” Everyone has an opinion, and I know that I have one as well. Well our opinion in the shop is based off of experience using the round as well as some research that we have seen throughout studying in and learning what it is all about when we began thinking about putting together our AG15 Compact Hunter Rifle.

Do you really need a those large caliber rifles that you hear many speak of to hunt game here in SC? For that matter do you really need to hunt with those large rife calibers for your average whitetail deer harvest? Doing a google search the average distance found ranged from 100- 125 yards for whitetail deer. So do you need that 300 Win Mag? I don’t think so. I have hunted and harvested deer with large caliber rifles, but those rifles were set up to shoot long fields where those shots could reach out past 400 yards. For those shots that are in the 400 yard or closer range, I typically don’t bring out the big guys. That is where the 300 Blackout is an option.

Originally called the 300 Whisper, the 300 Blackout was brought back commercially by Advanced Armament Corp. The round was designed to be shot out of a 9” barrel. With the way the round is designed for shorter barrels this means that you do not need a long barrel for accuracy. This isn’t to say that having a 20” barrel won’t be faster, but you can expect full rifle performance from a 9” barrel.

300 Blackout vs. .223 Remington

The most obvious difference between the two is the caliber. The Blackout uses .30 caliber bullets. The 30 caliber is much more suited to hunting medium to larger game because is starts out 50% larger in diameter.



Shooting the Blackout Suppressed

Since its inception the Blackout was designed to be shot with a suppressor. Using a suppressor with subsonic ammunition it gives you power compared to a .45 acp. This lack of energy causes the round to fly like a rock and only have effective ranges of 50 yards or so with subsonic ammunition.

300 Blackout for Hunting

Someone hunting with the Blackout must follow many of the same rules you would use for similar class rifle rounds such as the 7.62x39 or 30-30. The .30 caliber bore has substantially more bullet mass because of the increased dimensions. This increase in bullet mass helps exponentially in deep penetration.

For hunting applications, the shooter should treat it like a .30-30. The .30-30 is regarded as a good 150-200 yard medium round for hogs, deer, and small black bear. The Blackout is a fine brush gun, especially as a lightweight AR platform, great for stalking and will work in almost all deer hunting applications.

Some good points to remember when hunting with the Blackout:

• Never use subsonic ammunition for hunting purposes.

• Keep ranges below 300 yards. No matter if you can hit it, the round runs out of energy.

• Use a bullet suitable for the game you are chasing.

• Wait for a good shot that will ensure a clean kill.

Shop Thoughts

The Blackout round has proven itself as being a capable option for hunting, even if that wasn’t it’s intended purpose. Several of us in the shop as well as our customers have successfully harvested deer and hogs with the Blackout. For the customer hunting in an area where a compact light recoiling rifle is needed the Blackout is a great option, especially for the 200 yard or less shooting scenario.

We designed our AG15 Compact Hunter for this very purpose. That light recoiling compact rifle is perfect for the backwoods hunting stand or the backwoods stalk. Until next time…



You can't hunt with a .223!

Posted on October 29, 2017 at 8:45 PM Comments comments (0)

You can’t hunt with a 223!

By Brad Amick

You can’t hunt with a .223 right? We get this question often in the shop and hear it around tables all the time. Throughout the years we have heard this myth. From the thinking that it is “illegal” to hunt with a .223, or that it is unethical to hunt with a small caliber. If you look at bullets and data from decades ago I would say that I agree. However, as with the 9mm argument in defense handguns the .223 Remington round has seen a great deal of improvement and advancement in performance. In the small bullet game, the .223 Remington has probably been one of the biggest contributors to the small bullet advancement.

When we decided to start planning our rifle builds we thought about three variables: recoil, accuracy, and lethality. Anyone who hunts should always want clean ethical kills. To accomplish this, the gun has to be accurate. To be accurate the gun has to be “shootable”. To be “shootable” the recoil has to be manageable for the shooter to perform the needed techniques to make that accurate shot. After you factor those two in when the bullet hits it has to perform.

For those hunters when setting up that stand or blind location you have to consider the shot and the weapon of choice. You wouldn’t take a bow and arrow to hunt a bean field where shots may be made out to 100 yards. Yeah the target may be hit, but the performance of the arrow may not be what you need. Now, I know this isn’t a hunting article, but one on the .223 Remington round, but I wanted to set it up so bear with me.

Researching for our caliber selections we looked to the internet and data books we have as well as our own experiences with the calibers to make a determination and to have an educated opinion. One of the opinions we found was from a publication where Tom Brandt, Federal Premium Public Relations Manager, was quoted as saying that through testing “The .223 Remington plat form held excellent weight retention, , expansion, and penetration”. He also included test data that showed the average Fusion bullet penetrated 15 inches of gelatin and expanded to .54 caliber. Most of the bullets expansion happened within the first inch or so of penetration. Testing also found showed that several bullets from Federal to Barnes averaged velocities ranging from 3000-3300 fps.

Another quoted source and NRA expert, Richard Mann, tested Federal loads in a material slightly harder than gelatin and on deer. He noted that “The .223 Remington is a suitable cartridge for hunting deer, within its limitation. This cartridge relies on velocity to drive lightweight bullets deep. This same velocity contributes to tissue damage. The key to using a .223 Remington on deer is to keep velocities high.”

Further studies on velocities also show that inside 150 yards, penetration with the .223 Remington is on Par with cartridges like the .243 and .30-30 Winchester.

Now looking into the actual application versus the guys with calculators crunching numbers, we compare results from some of our customers and staff that use this caliber frequently. Several of our staff and customers are hunting on depridation tags see the .223 Remington as a very viable option. The calibers and rifles are very accurate and have very low recoil. Many of our shooters have reported shots and kills out to 200 yards.

As in all calibers, this round has its limitations. Shot placement is paramount. Under 200 yards shoulder shots targeting the heart, lungs, etc or central nervous system shots with quality ammunition we’ve seen clean kills on deer.

In conclusion, our AG Compact Hunter or AG Designated Hunter chambered in .223 Remington is a very viable hunting option both here at home in SC and in the Southeastern Region hunting for Whitetails. Not to mention the varmint options throughout the country. Different rifle configurations effect shooting distances just like any caliber, but our rifles have seen good performance in the hunting application out to 200 yards and we have effectively hit steel targets out to 600 yards. Our AG models are all guaranteed sub MOA accuracy so the confidence for effective one shot hits shouldn’t be an issue.

Until next time…Keep popping primers.



Water And Other Barrel Obstructions

Posted on July 9, 2017 at 6:35 PM Comments comments (2)

So are you a fair weather shooter or hunter?  Or are you one of those guys that no matter what you are hitting the woods or range whether its nice and clear or rainy or snowing?  Have you ever thought about how these conditions can effect the way your rifle shoots, and how that in turn effects the accuarcy of your rifle?  

So lets talk about obstructions.  We see rifles come in from time to time with buldged barrels or the muzzles with the typical "Rose Bud" on the tip where the barrel blew a part because of the obstruction.  Most of the time it is from mud in SC.  Well snow can have the same issues.  I know, we do not have enough snow to typically worry about here in SC, but what if you are one of those hunters or shooters that have the opportunity to go out west or wherever for that hunt of a lifetime.  You then could have to deal with this.  But either way, never mind the accuarcy aspects of an obstruction like mud and snow, but what about the catastrophic damage to your favorite rifle or worst injury to you by having that full or partial obstruction.  Just like mentioned above it can have really bad results.

Now lets talk about water.  When a round is fired the bullet travels down the barrel and out the muzzle.  We all know what is supposed to happen, but for that shot to be accurate that bullet has to fire straight and consistently down the barrel.  Once it comes out the muzzle, the bullet has to come out concentric to the bore.  If the bullet wobbles when it comes out of the muzzle there is no guarantee of where the bullett is going to hit.  No introduce water or other debris into the muzzle or bore.  That water or debris will cause the bullet to not fly straight or concentric.  This again will cause the bullet to wobble and become unpredectiable.  This is going to make that shot group open up considerably or cause you to miss that shot of a lifetime.

So how do we prevent it?  One simple way to prevent it is to cover the muzzle of the barrel with a small piece of tape.  Something small like two crossed pieced of electrical tape, or a piece of duct tape.  Another way is to go to the pharmacy or drug store and look on the first aid isle for latex finger bandages.  These small latex bandages look like small condoms.  You can roll those over the end of the barrel to prevent anything from being introduced to the barrel.  The small amount of resistence that you may get from these shouldn't cause you much issue at all when taking that shot.  Mostly because the round is interacting with them at a 90 degree angle or straight on.

Give them a try.


What is dry fire practice?

Posted on June 29, 2017 at 7:30 PM Comments comments (0)

What is dry firing?  Dry firing consists of practicing firearms manipulatins without the presence of any ammunition. Many people have the opinion that this can be harmful to your firearm.  Well that is true, but not true.  Your standard center fire firearm this rarely causes an issue, but on a rim fire firearm this can cause chamber issues.  That being said though, dry fire practice has many advantages.  One reason dry fire practice is benefical is cost.  We hear a lot of shooters complain of the cost of ammunition and range time and how that negatively impacts thier training.

Dry fire practice can also help ingrain many skills to the shooter without live fire.  The shooter doesn't have to worry about noise levels from thier firearm or even others on the range, flying brass, or just other distractions.  

Here is a quick checklist to help make your dry fire sessions successful:

  1. Practice should only be conducted in one designated and established area.  That area should have a "safe wall" or a wall that could stop a bullet in the event of a negligent discharge.
  2. When you enter your dry fire area, you must clear your weapon and ensure that it is unloaded and no loaded magazines or ammunition are present in the area.
  3. You will need a target.  This can be a commercial target, or something you create to practice with.  Either way you need something to focus on to get the most out of it.
  4. Your session should not last more that 10-15 minutes.  Anything more can become counter productive.  The goal with these sessions are to be productive training sessions, and not sloppy practice.  Sloppy practice can often be more negative than no practice.
  5. If interrupted start over!
  6. Make sure than when you are done you are done!  Do not take the chance of finishing up a session, reload your weapon, and then think that you need more practice.  This is a reciepe for disaster!

Ruger LCP II Review

Posted on May 24, 2017 at 8:45 AM Comments comments (0)

Recently I had a few requests for the new RUGER LCP II. I was kind of skeptical because of what the original one was. I get calls all the time on the original because the trigger pull is just bad. So I ordered one for a customer and when it came I took a chance to look at it. Ruger really did something different with this one. The improved the frame and grips to make it feel better. It really doesn't feel like the typical toy guy that the original model did. They improved the sights on it. The sights look and track better than the original. This allows for a better sight picture. But most obvious is the trigger pull. The trigger is not the long and forever ending trigger of the original model. The LCP II trigger has a safety similar to that of a Glock. But most importantly the trigger feels a lot smoother and shorter than the original. These factors and its size makes this a really good option for the pocket gun or the pocket book gun for the ladies. Because of these reasons, I purchased several of these the other day to sell in the shop. Looking around Columbia the average prices were around the $310 mark. Right not we have them in the shop for $295 plus tax. While supplies last we are going to give you a 50 round box of ammo to go with it. Give us a call to get yours today! Stay safe!

What is your weapon employment zone?

Posted on May 23, 2017 at 8:15 PM Comments comments (0)

I recently read a book from a company that does a tremendous job of explaining weapon employment zones for long range shooting. What is a WEZ you ask? Well a WEZ is that weapons employment zone. The zone that you can with a predictable level of confidence engage targets at distance. But, there is always a but, it has a lot to do with a few factors; shooter, ammunition, firearm, and environment. Well I had two individuals that I was doing some basic pistol training with lately and a similar topic came up. We got to talking about how far the particular handgun that she was using was effective for. I then kinda put the WEZ thoughts in it like I would for someone shooting 800 yards. The ammunition was 9mm. Well for thinking in the terms of minute of bad guy versus minute of angle like in a rifle, the typical 115 or 124 grain 9mm isn't going to matter much in terms of velocity fluctuations at 15 or 25 yards. We all know that statistically the average self defense shooting is around that 7 yard range. So ammunition would have a constant factor. The environment is a constant that we really cannot change. We ether adapt to it or we don't. The gun. Now this is were we can start having some changes. Most popular handguns of similar models like a Glock Vs. Smith and Wesson M&P will have similar results. The only difference is have you improved the performance with sights, barrels, triggers, etc. This can improve your hit percentages by improving the functions. But, the shooter is where its at. How can we fix this. Time behind the trigger. Time on the range putting quality rounds down range working on the fundamentals. Some people will go into a gun store, purchase a firearm, probably a box or two of ammunition and that is about it. They will shoot that box or two of ammo, get ok results and think that they are SWAT. So after that the customer goes to the range, and then qualifies in their Concealed Carry Course they put the gun in their favorite holster and that is about it. I have seen it and heard it many times from customers coming in and saying that they haven't shot their firearm in a few months or even years. WHAT! That is what you are depending on to save your life if needed. So how does this effect your WEZ. Well if you are consistently putting quality groups down range at 15-25 yards, how well do you do when you put stress to the equation? This is the factor that you need to find out. Doing timed drills on the range, or something that can induce some level of stress. You may see that those 15 yard groups you were 100% at turns into 60-80% when stressed. Just a few thoughts. Stay Safe! 

Firearms Cleaning Part 1

Posted on April 6, 2017 at 8:30 PM Comments comments (0)

Firearm Cleaning Part I- By Brad Amick

Why should you clean your firearm? Just like your car, firearms are machines. They have components that make up processes that work in tandem. Some of the way these components and processes are engineered improper shooting fundamentals can cause a malfunction. Add in dirt, grime, and debris to the equation and the possibilities of a malfunction can increase significantly. Factor in Murphy’s Law this malfunction is going to take place when you are involved in that high risk/low frequency event like a defensive situation or the middle of a match.

Our shop recommends that you clean and service your firearms regularly. Regular service is no different than having your car serviced. Some examples of when you should be servicing your firearm are after they are fired. A range day of shooting various courses of fire can dirty a gun up pretty quickly. After they have been exposed to dirt or moisture is another time when they should be cleaned and serviced. That officer conducting traffic control duties in the rain or weather should service his weapon to avoid any issues. Another time is when the oil looks to have evaporated. We see this very often in the shop. A lot of folks think that oil doesn’t go bad, but it does. We see it all too often that someone brings their firearm in the shop because it is malfunctioning. The first thing that we find is a dry gun.

All firearms should be serviced, but the routine of doing so can differ from recreational to service weapons. Either way, both should be cleaned as soon as possible, but the service weapon should be cleaned immediately before being placed back into service. The last thing someone would want is for their service weapon or concealed carry weapon to fail or malfunction. There is no good reason to sacrifice a firearm’s reliability when just a few minutes of work could make all of the difference!

This is part one of this series. Stay tuned…..

Coffee and Counter Talk

Posted on April 2, 2017 at 8:45 PM Comments comments (0)

Over the past few months or so we have seen that we haven't been able to stand at the counter and talk like we wanted to with you guys when you come in.  So last month we held our first Coffee and Counter Talk event.  We provided the coffee and a spot at the counter to talk, visit, and look around.  This month we have scheduled one for April 15th.  We will have some sales going on for some of the used items in the shop.  Come on out 9:00 am to 1:00 pm and visit with us.  B.

Outside Gunsmith Vendors

Posted on March 17, 2017 at 10:10 PM Comments comments (0)

We have begun partnering with several retail shops in the area.  These shops are approved vendors for us.  We will be picking up and returning projects to them.  Same work being done by us just being dropped off there for convienence.  Some of those locations that are approved are Walker Hardware in Pelion, Defender Shooting Sports in Lexington, and Barrons Outfitters in Columbia.  Help our partners out by doing retail business with them!


We Are Back!!!

Posted on January 3, 2017 at 7:05 PM Comments comments (0)

We have been absent on line for the last few months.  As with any new year one of our goals is to have a frequent presence on the website and social media.  Please stay tuned.  2016 was good to us, but we are gonna crush 2017!