This upcoming holiday season, I have decided to add an additional weapon to my woefully inadequate inventory. Currently, I own a an Henry AR-7 (.22
What I am looking for is something with a little more punch and not weighing me down or breaking the bank. I'd like to be able to better protect
myself, and possibly
hunt for food.
Right now I'm torn between an AR-15 Bushmaster and a Mossburg 500 12g.
Now, I've heard on forums that you can't take down a bull moose with an AR-15, and I doubt I could take down a moose with a shotgun either! In fact, I
doubt you could use a 12g for anything but small game w/birdshot.
The advantage with the shotgun is that I can use slugs and protect myself against brown and grizzly bears. I'm not sure the AR-15 would be good for
I like this Mossburg "Chainsaw":
I'm also looking into this Bushmaster Carbon AR-15 in the .223 or "NATO" round, with red dot scope:
Both of those weapons are less than 8 pounds (minus ammunition), and cost less than $800 new.
Are there other options that meet my requirements?
1. Under 8 pounds
2. Under $800
3. Possibility for hunting game and personal/bear protection
I can't pack around on my back 3+ guns along with all of my other gear. I'd ideally like to keep my load-out less than 60 lbs. I've done a good job
cutting weight here and there with my other gear.
I also want to keep in mind the availability of ammunition. Hence why a 12g shotgun and the .223 are on my Christmas list.
I'd appreciate any advice more experienced gun owners have to offer!
I'm a pretty damn good shot w/my Henry AR-7 @ 50 yards. My groups with the fixed iron sites are within 4". I'm pretty sure I could kill a grouse,
ptarmigan, or rabbit with it.
edit on 3-11-2012 by MystikMushroom because: (no reason given)