This is a great thread.
I used to work at the Carnegie Museum of Natural History here in Pittsburgh and I spent a lot of time thinking about this topic while looking at various fossils (and usually around lunchtime). One of my good friends is an Associate Curator of Vertebrate Paleontology, so I have a resource to reach back to. (He's also pooped on every continent as well). Anyway, on to the subject at hand.
If I had to pick one gun for said situation, I'd want it to have the following characteristics; lethality, range, accuracy, adaptability, ammunition, and high cyclic rate of fire.
-Lethality- this is a function of terminal energy and permanent wound channel: power of the round and the size of the round. Most comments on the thread have gone for large calibers, quite logically, and we are looking at 30+ caliber rounds or the standard 12 gauge.
-Range- this contributes to the terminal energy as well. Here the 12 gauge falls short. I love the 12 gauge as much as the next ZS-er, but I'd like to reach out and touch a critter beyond 100 yards.
-Accuracy- I'd like something that has less than 1 MOA. A lot of the weapons already discussed will do that from the M-82 aka M-107 even to a Mosin. But this would knock out the AK.
-Adaptability- It would be awesome to use the same piece to go from sniping to room clearing (maybe I'd like to go inside to use the bathroom or something). Some of the weapons mentioned are too big to clear a corner. Consider the M-82 aka M-107 here.
-Ammunition- The piece would need to take a variety of rounds for multiple situations. Win for the 12 gauge here as mentioned before. But, next up in ammo is probably the .308. Ranging from say, 150 grain hunting rounds, 168 grain long grain match rounds such as M-118, or the new Mk-319 Barrier Penetrating round. I'd also like something with some high capacity as well, which would knock out a number of 12 gauges including the M-1014.
-High cyclic rate of fire- If needed, I'd like to be able to zing lead fast. 650+ RPM, but less than 1000. This would eliminate the AA and at the opposite end, the Uzi.
So, what have I come up with? My answer is the FN Mk-17 SCAR in .308. The .308 has lethality and adaptability needed. With the SCAR, the barrels can be changed out from a heavy barrel for sniping and a short barrel with a suppressor for indoor work. The rate of fire would meet said requirements.
Now, would a Mk-17 take out a T rex or Spinosaur? It would be a question of shot placement, and here optics would come into play. I haven't made a complete decision here yet, but for the weight, I'd haul around a Aimpoint Comp-M M-68 with the 4x adaptor, Tricon ACOG, and EOTech. Since money doesn't matter, I'd add a Leupold long range scope. At night, I'd add a tube onto the front of the piece. In theory, a .308 could disable a large theropod with a neck or CNS shot (use the Mk-319 there). If that doesn't work, toss on the Mk-13 UGL and thump some forty mike mike downrange. A little HEDP would prolly work.
There's my answer.
^^^This just ended the thread lol
Do you also look down the barrel when you pull the trigger to make sure it's clear? It's best to visually confirm the chamber's empty this way.
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