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7.62x40 for AR-15 option (no not 7.62x39…)

 

Wilson Combat  has another option for taking your new AR-15 deer hunting besides coughing up the cost of an AR-10.  A barrel swap and an investment in custom ammo gets you an AR in a new cartridge that they are calling 7.42x40WT.  It’s a necked up .223 Rem. to .30 caliber.  Maybe I'm being cynical but this sounds eerily similar to the 60 year old 7.62x39 cartridge to me.

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I didn't take the time to

I didn't take the time to look it up myself yet, but since we're talking about Wilson Combat here I would guess that by the time you paid for thier upper and invested in what for now is proprietary components or loaded rounds you would still get by cheaper and be shooting a more powerful round if you just bought a Dpms LR-308 and went hunting.

As far as the comparison to the 7.62x39 I'm sure that would be a far cheaper option than than the one you're asking about and I would bet not enough different to be worth the money.

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You are exactly right hunter25.

You are exactly right hunter25.  I think that you are have it right about both the DPM-308 and the 7.62x39 AR rifle options.  I have to think that unless you are prepared to neck your own 223 brass into the wildcat cartridge and then reload it, the cost of the propriety ammunition alone would make owning one of these rifles cost prohibitive. 

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