Ambush Firearms .300 Blackout – Hunting Rifles from Daniel Defense

Ambush Firearms:

Daniel Defense has a novel concept in the “modern sporting rifle” (otherwise known as ARs made for hunting). They have decided that rather than just paint some camo on one of their existing rifles, it would be much better to actually build an actual hunting rifle from the ground up. Ambush Firearms is a separate effort from DD to do just that. Watch the video for the details. They even have a forend for the guns that feel like a shotgun forend. It is a great approach that is refreshing for those of us who hope the AR-15 platform hunting rifle becomes a big part of the hunting market. And yes, they make a .300 Blackout!
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  • Douglas February 2, 2012, 7:04 pm

    Curt, you should try a safari sling from cabelas. I find it to be very comfortable and quick to get rifle on target.

  • Douglas February 2, 2012, 4:55 pm

    Curt you should have tried a “safari sling.” The one I have came from Cabelas. The sling carries the rifle across your body in front of you. Getting the rifle up and on target is fast and effortless. It is easy to carry the rifle with the barrel pointed down or up whichever is the safest.

  • Curt February 1, 2012, 2:18 am

    I hunted with an AR-15 Colt Sporter in the 90’s for 4 years. I killed four deer and they all died instantly with a JLK 65 grain match bullet. I bought a 270 bolt gun because I could no longer take the discomfort of the AR. No matter how you held it by the sling, it would find a way to dig into your body. The charge handle or the mag were the worst parts to cause pain. They work very well other than that. As a matter of fact they are hands down the best coyote gun and they are great on deer!

  • Jim Savat January 31, 2012, 11:29 pm

    We all have our little issues 😉

  • major January 31, 2012, 9:40 pm

    Wondering as to why administrator you keep stated 300 is subsonic? when the 300 blackout is availible in either supersonic rounds 125-160gr. or in subsonic 200-230gr rounds….the 300 blackout with supersonic rounds is viewed as a short range hunting round by most.

    • Administrator January 31, 2012, 10:29 pm

      As a supersonic round there is no reason for it to exist.

      • Duray January 31, 2012, 10:53 pm

        What would be the alternative chambering that renders a supersonic .300 BLK pointless? Sure there are other options with pros and cons to each, but I don’t see how they make the supersonic .300 BLK irrelevant.

      • Jim Savat January 31, 2012, 11:10 pm

        The above seems and overly broad statement by the Admin.

        300AAC, 300blackout, 7.62X35 – all the same

        ~20% More power than 5.56mm.

        Much less flash and muzzle blast, especially from shorter barrels. 90% of stated velocity in 9″ barrel.

        Legal for hunting in states which ban 223/5.56mm for deer hunting.

        Same full capacity mags and bolt as 5.56mm.

        Much lower cost ammo than 6.8 SPC while using normal mags and bolts.

        16.7% more energy than 7.62x39mm AK ammo at 300 meters.

        Much more reliable in ARs than 7.62x39mm. No issue with Franken mags, firing pins not working on hard primers, and no bolt cracking problem.

        Capable of shooting subsonic ammo without requiring an adjustable gas block. Guns can be as quiet as MP5-SD, but with much more range, accuracy, and penetration.

        Brass is as cheap as 10 cents each, or 25 cents for new Remington primed brass in 100 count bags. You can make brass from free .223 cases if you want.

        On my AR (Colt pre-ban A2 lower), the 300 AAC barrel on my upper is very accurate, mix and match Sub & Supersonic – the gun likes it just fine. It is easy and comfortable to shoot.

        New Factory Ammo is available locally for about $15 box – 125gr super or 220gr sub.

        Reloading, I have a full spectrum of .308 bullet choices, not limited to .311 choices of 7.62X39.

        For a 300 Blk the only change you need to make is the barrel. My barrel swap was pretty easy & cost about $250.

        Have used both sub & super sonic for both target shooting & pig hunting. Actually like the 220gr SPBT @ 1050fps for pigs in the brush.
        Even the 175gr @ 2200fps we use for plinking is cheap, accurate & not hard on the gun or barrel.

        Development of the round was helped by JDJ (producers of Whisper).
        300 blk based on 5.56, 300 Whisper based on .221, potentially much hotter loads for 300blk based on SAAMI standards for case pressures on each round.

        • Administrator January 31, 2012, 11:24 pm

          You guys are so easy to get going you should be embarrassed.

  • Brad January 31, 2012, 12:57 pm

    What calibers do they come in? Also what price range are we looking at? Really nice looking and well thought out finally!! Thanks

    • Administrator January 31, 2012, 1:02 pm

      They appears to be 5.56, 6.5 and the new .330 blackout, which is subsonic and meant for suppressors.

      • Robert February 5, 2012, 2:24 am

        .300 Blackout is not just subsonic. It has mostly supersonic loads. I use the 110gr V-Max that chronos at 2450 ft/sec. Remington UMC is 115gr at about 2300 ft/sec. There’s many other loads out there supersonic and just a few sub.

  • LeeRoy January 31, 2012, 11:00 am

    How does the 300 Blackout compare to the 300 win mag

    • Chuck January 31, 2012, 11:36 am

      It does not really compare at all since the 300 black is based off the short action .223 caliber round and the 300 is a long action magnnum round.

    • Duray January 31, 2012, 8:41 pm

      .308″ bullet from the Blackout at 2200FPS through a deer’s vitals = Dead deer.
      .308″ bullet from the Win Mag at 3200FPS through a deer’s vitals = Dead deer.

      • Administrator January 31, 2012, 8:51 pm

        2200 fps is supersonic.

        • Duray January 31, 2012, 10:51 pm

          Of course it’s supersonic, as is the .300 Win Mag. That was the comparison he asked about, and I made the most obvious apples-to-apples comparison.

  • Ned Barkema January 31, 2012, 7:49 am

    Tailored for the hunter! Finally. No matter where/when/what I do in the field, it seems that I am ALWAYS in adverse conditions. Beautiful walnut stocks, engraved receivers and weight make the hunt secondary and the protection for rifle the priority. I would very much like to experience the DD out in the field. DD’s direction toward the meeting the need of the hunting crowd is welcomed with open arms. If they should need to have one “prove” the ruggedness/untility of their production, I am available.

    • George Scott January 31, 2012, 11:37 am

      Stay in your living room with your “Tactical Hunting Rifle” and you won’t get cold, wet or scratch that beautiful composit stock…….

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