I finally got around to seeing the Jurassic World last night. I know, I know, it came out 4 months ago, but I have a baby so the only way I get to enjoy a movie with the wife when it gets to On Demand.
It was enjoyable, not as good as the Jurassic Park, better than Jurassic Park III, on par with The Lost World: Jurassic Park.
Having seen all four movies now, and knowing that the studio had consulted with paleontologists and biologists, I wish they had consulted with a couple of gun guys and maybe a professional safari guide too.
I get that having a bunch of bad ass, ex-military, Blackwater types for security is really cool looking but I don’t think that hunting terrorists (which I haven’t done) employees the same techniques as hunting dangerous game (which I have done). It’s not like lion or Nyati (Cape Buffalo) use IED’s. Also, when what you are hunting is 50 feet long and weights 6 tons, I don’t think belt fed 5.56 has enough stopping power. The Raptor-Whisperer (Chris Pratt) did have something big bore, but I just don’t think .45-70 really cuts it.
They did this in every movie. Muldoon, the game warden in Jurassic Park, was packing a SPAS-12 shotgun, and the dinosaur capture crew from The Lost World was carrying a mix of HK G3’s, M-16’s, etc. The ONLY character who brings enough gun was Roland the professional hunter from The Lost World who was packing a double gun in 600 NE. And he never gets to torch it off.
I can see the advantage of a .308 semi auto against Velociraptor. Of course, when hunting something that can hunt you back, there is no such thing as “too much knockdown power.” Since Velociraptor are pack hunters and human size, I think a semi auto .308 with a 20-25 round mag would make up in volume of fire for what it lacks in single hit knockdown.
Anything bigger than that though – which is most of the non-human population of the park – it’s time to break out the big guns. Nothing less than .375 H&H at and ABSOLUTE MINIMUM. I’m partial to the .500 Jeffery since ammo and brass are relatively easy to find. Other calibers in the family of Dino-stoppers that come to mind as being available in factory bolt guns: .460 Weatherby, .505 Gibbs, .458 Lott. Then there are the other proprietary cartridges for stopping a charging elephant. The .500 A-Square, .600 Overkill, .585 Nyati, and .577 T-Rex.
The later three I’d steer clear of. Too much recoil to be controllable by all but the most experienced shooters and they lack penetration. The British discovered that smaller diameter, faster bullets penetrated better on dangerous game. The 4 bore and 8 bore gave way to the .700 and .600 Nitro, which were eclipsed by the .500 NE 3 inch and .470 NE.
If I had to bring something into play that required more than the 6,800 ft-lbs of energy that the Jeffery had, I’m going full bore 50 BMG. Some of the lighter ones are pushing 20-21 lbs, which is heavy but doable (you’re not humping it around in the filed all day). Also a 647 Barnes Triple Shock loaded to 2,900 FPS will carry 12,000 ft-lbs of energy at the muzzle. That should stop a T-Rex.
Maybe I’m over analyzing this. But how many people need to get eaten over 2 years on two Islands and the city of San Diego before they get their act together. Seriously? For a lot less than the cost of some Blackwater-esque mercenary company, I bed they can get a couple of redneck hunters who would mop up a rampaging dinosaur problem for nothing more than the cost of the guns, ammo, and taxidermy rights, and they would fare a whole lot better.