Hunting a dragon with modern weaponry






From the Idaho private gun boards:

AR chambered in 243 WSSM.

Credit to D. Lankford for the build and photos.

Taune’s wondering if it would take down a dragon

For science

Short of an Elder Worm, yes.

I ran some calculations using Hornady ballistics calculators, assuming the dragon was a 300-pound animal with a hide thicker than a boar’s shoulder.

If you were using a good 100-grain Nosler Partition projectile at 3,000 fps, then it’s a fine choice for deer, antelope, and mountain sheep. It’s marginal at best for dragon, unless you hit the vital organs with several follow-up shots. Technically acceptable, but not my first choice.

If you insist on using an AR-15 for your dragon hunt, switching to the .25 WSSM requires nothing but a new barrel and gives markedly better performance on light dangerous game like dragons, bear, and jaguar.

At 100 yards, the .243 has a sectional density of .242 1800 ft-lbs of kinetic energy. The .257 has a sectional density of .260 and 2000 ft-lbs of energy, which gives the bonded core of a Partition bullet a better chance to cause a free-bleeding exit wound.

Although not ideal, a .25 WSSM with tough premium bullets like Nosler Partitions and Barnes TSX can be suitable for dragons under 600 lbs. Treat them as you would treat a big cat that happens to be wearing kevlar armor. Do not risk taking long shots in open terrain, use a 24-inch barrel, and never hunt alone.

It’s critical that you break the wing joint and puncture the lungs within the first few seconds. If you fail to do so, the dragon my take off and dive at you with talons. If it has intact lungs, it will be able to exhale clouds of venom or fire from the throat glands. Fast and precise follow-up shots from a lever, pump, or autoloading rifle are demanded.

You just backed up the hunting of dragons with math and cryptobiology.

You are fucking awesome.

Lupita Nyong’o on motion capture characters and race


Fans of Lupita Nyong’o were psyched when she announced last year that she’d been cast as a central character in the new Star Wars film, The Force Awakens. But many fans were frustrated to later learn that Nyong’o wouldn’t be appearing onscreen as herself—instead she’d be voicing an entirely CGI character.

This week, Nyong’o herself shed some light on the casting. Nyong’o told Buzzfeed News that she selected the entirely CGI role, the first part she chose after winning an Oscar for role in 12 Years a Slave,  partly because she liked the idea of not having her body seen onscreen. In 12 Years a Slave, her performance was extremely physical and visceral—her character Patsey was whipped, raped, and otherwise brutally abused. “12 Years a Slave was a film that was so much about my body, and Star Wars is not at all,” Nyong’o told Buzzfeed. “There was a liberation in being able to play in a medium where my body was not the thing in question.”

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