The recent polls conducted on AR 15 cartridges yielded some interesting information. Obviously, these were not scientific polls but given there were in the neighborhood of 700 responses we could say they are an indication of trends.
Without question it seems obvious that the .223 Remington is thought to be the best general purpose, battle and varmint cartridge for the AR 15. What was interesting was how few of those surveyed thought it suitable for big game. I was also surprised to see how many chose the .458 SOCOM for big game; I seriously doubt that 100 of those surveyed own a .458 SOCOM or have ever shot one at anything, much less a big game animal.
I’d venture to guess that the .223 Remington has killed more big game animals than all the other cartridges combined but yet it only received 6% of the votes. These results got me to wondering just exactly how many folks are actually big game hunting with an AR in any chambering.
When two cartridges as ballistically different as the .30 Remington AR and the .300 Blackout are rated equally. And, when a cartridge – the .458 SOCOM – with a trajectory doubtfully as flat as a football thrown by Brett Favre, yes even a retired Brett Favre, is considered the best; it would appear the responses to this question are more indicative of a theoretical assumption or reflective of the cartridge owned by those who voted.
With that in mind, here is another survey: