Question about the M&P AR15 Sport 5.56

Discussion in 'Varmint Hunters Forum' started by Trophyduck, Mar 18, 2016.

  1. Trophyduck

    Trophyduck Elite Refuge Member

    Dec 7, 2003
    Odenton, Maryland
    NEw to this AR thing......but is this gun, AS IS, good for hunting? As I read about it I see people replacing the uppers and so on for hunting and keeping it "stock" for Self-defense, etc.....things like that.

    If I get the 5.56 Sport model, can I just keep things as is and hunt effectively with it, and can I shoot "heavier" bullets with the twist rate?

  2. Vahunter

    Vahunter Elite Refuge Member

    Mar 14, 2013
    You can hunt with it as is, but......
    What's the twist rate?
    Not an AR guy but I'd look at a good after-market trigger for sure no matter what you use it for. The type of ammo you run through it determines the ideal twist. If you hunt coyotes with it, you'll probably want a 20" or longer match grade barrel and a decent scope. I like the idea of a stock upper for two-legged pests and a second one for hunting.
  3. Brad's Birds

    Brad's Birds Elite Refuge Member Sponsor

    Jan 8, 2005
    Illinois south part
    I am fairly new to AR hunting as well, only my 2nd full season using one for coyotes, so my experience/advise is very limited. There is way too much info online about bullets/barrels, etc... to try to understand right away, but my short answer to your question is yes, it will hunt. I have a Windham Weaponry "stock" 16" barrel with 1 in 9 twist (I believe the MP is the same) and have no problems killing coyotes at 250 yds with 55 grain bullets and/or 62 grn which requires almost no adjustment on target. I have not tried any heavier bullets, but from what I've read, once you get up in 75+ weights, then yes you would probably want a faster twist. 250 yards is "close" for distant shooters, so I don't know what type distances you will experience, and/or what you are actually hunting. I'm in IL so 700 yd shots are not a thought. I don't have a problem with the stock trigger since that's what I started with and what I'm now used to. You may want to add to or build on your rifle in the future, but the first thing I would consider is good optics. It does make a huge difference especially in low light situations.
  4. Dogface

    Dogface Senior Refuge Member

    Aug 4, 2003
    SE PA
    I have an M&P 15. You can hunt with it out of the box. BTW I think it is the best value in an AR out there.

    I also have an M&P 15-22. Another great rifle.
  5. killerv

    killerv Elite Refuge Member

    Nov 24, 2008
    Middle Ga
    I believe they are a 1:9 twist rate. Give the barrel a good cleaning before you shoot it. Anything between 55-62ish grains should shoot fine. As far as self defense, maybe the day when we are shooting from our roof tops at an enemy...but give me a revolver/pistol or shotgun for home use.

    If yours has a front post site, if you go with a decent ar mount and atleast a 3x scope, you'll never see it. You may possibly see a blur from it with small magnification.

    My son took his first deer with federal fusion 62gr. Broke both shoulders. I was impressed.
  6. howard s.

    howard s. Elite Refuge Member

    Oct 6, 2003
    IL hillbilly county
    I live in South IL. and can say he 95 percent right.
    I shoot a ar that cost $ 500 and I'M happy with it.

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