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By Bartt Brenton, President of Brenton USA

The popularity of the AR-15 style rifle is at an all-time high. More people are owning and shooting AR style rifles than ever before. I believe this is partly due to the semi-auto nature of the rifle and the affordability of plinking ammo. Beginning around 2000-2005, many serious wildcatters started experimenting with cartridges in the AR-15 beyond the standard 5.56/.223 rounds. Soon after—new commercially available cartridges—began to appear including the 450 Bushmaster6.5 Grendel, and 204 Ruger just to name a few. As a result of these new-found cartridges, we are now seeing the AR-15 rifle used for the hunting of all species of North American game in addition to all types of varmints.

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